With THOT for a 2.0 solidarity

21 août 2016 Commentaires fermés

In this world, each individual has access to Internet and is enough digital savvy to have a great influence on its social and economical environment. Each individual, fully aware of the ecological impact on our planet, generated by 60 million tons of yearly electronic waste, should be able to clean and preserve its environment. We have in this world a perfect equality between rich and poor persons, and between Digital Natives 1 and Digital Immigrants 2 in what concerns the access to the ICT 3 … May be this world will never leave the dream realm to become reality …

Actually, is our world nothing but Utopia ?

Since year 2011, the Emmabuntüs collective did set up its own GNU/Linux distribution named Emmabuntüs in order to simplify the refurbishing of aging computers, which are given to humanitarian associations. The first goal of this collective is to expand the life span of the electronic devices, and – by doing so – dramatically reduce their waste. Reminder : only 10% of the waste is recycled.

Hello, I am Emmabuntüs ! Test me out !

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The march of the YovoTogo children toward the digital age

15 août 2016 Commentaires fermés

With a population of 7.5 million inhabitants and an area of 56,785 Km2, the Togolese republic is a Western Africa country which economy is based mainly on food crops and phosphate mines. Its true wealth is the wide variety of landscapes going from arid plains to green valleys, passing through great savannas in the north of the country, planted with great baobab trees.

This is the small but great country of Emmanuel Adebayor1, where Claude Féré and his spouse Marie Paule Oré settled to continue the service project which was initiated several years ago by a missionary aunt.

If you go in the Togolese savanna area, more precisely at Bombouaka, in the Tandjouaré prefecture, you cannot miss the Saint Louis Orione Center which is hosting children with disabilities. This center was set up some 40 years ago aiming at the disable children assistance. I is formed with several buildings dedicated to the administration, the patients reeducation, the teenagers home, the postoperative accommodation, the operating theater, the orthopedic workshop, the boarding school for young and severely disabled children, carpentry and welding apprenticeship workshops, the study hall, the computer room …

After their first visit to Togo, Marie Paule and Claude were extremely moved by the harsh reality this country is facing, ands also because one of the building displayed the name and the picture of her aunt. Since the destiny is changing like a chameleon skin, it seems natural that their feet brought them back here, where their hearts were already staying.

Building displaying the name and the picture of the aunt

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The new look of the Akashganga school’s main gate

11 août 2016 Commentaires fermés

Ailleurs Solidaires (approx. « Together Abroad ») is a humanitarian association based in the Calvados (French Normandy) which main goal is to help needy children in the « Akashganga International Academy » (only its name and its willingness to exist are really international), a school located in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Access to Internet and computer-based tools were impossible in this school : Ailleurs Solidaires, assisted and advised by the nearby CaLviX association (promoting the Free Software) donated a total of 12 used laptops computer loaded with the Emmabuntüs distribution. For numerous children/teenagers, this was the first opportunity in their life to reach a computer. And, of course, to train themselves, to use their first spreadsheets and word processors, for example, but also to understand what the Open-Source movement is about.

Since then, Emmabuntüs has been adopted by the children, and the school management fully understood its importance as a pedagogic tool, and how much the knowledge of an operating system based on GNU/Linux will bring to the students future life.

To mark her recognition and adhesion to the Libre Software values, the lady Principal of the school had the main gate repainted and decorated with the two penguins you can see on the picture below. She could not think of a better way to express her gratitude, and both the decision and execution were completed in a record time.

Picture by Olivier.Gonzalez.Caen — Personal work, CC BY-SA 4.0

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Emmabuntüs, the Linux for « Ailleurs Solidaires »

25 juillet 2016 Commentaires fermés

Local solidarity, abroad solidarities, similar community of interests, all are looking at the same objective : get together to help those who are in need.

Vulnerable children, widows and orphans, disabled, bedridden, rape victims, are some categories of persons who, most of the time, need to benefit from mankind solidarity and compassion. But not this kind of compassion we tend to associate with mere pity, or the fact to be sensitive to other people’s misfortune, but this with the accompanying will to provide a relief. And it is widely known that the gift of performing miracles hides behind the will power.

The volunteers of the «Ailleurs Solidaires»(*) (1) association have this strong will. This humanitarian and non-profit organization was born 4 years ago in Outstretch (French Normandy area) in order to bring together humanitarian and logistical assistance to the poorest populations, notably in Asian countries, and taking into account the values, the rights and the obligations of everyone; in addition this is accomplish with the support of sister associations like CaLviX (2) and then Emmabuntüs Collective (3).

Photo : «Ailleurs Solidaires» in Aama’s home, Nepal December 2015

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On June 20 2016, the new Emmabuntüs DE is standing up !

20 juin 2016 Commentaires fermés

On June 20, 2016, the Emmabuntüs Collective is happy to announce the release of the new Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 1.00 (for the time being only the 32 bits version is available), based on Debian 8.5 distribution featuring the XFCE desktop environment.

This version was developed on top of the Framagit free platform with a high level of cooperation, in order for our friends from the JerryClan and Ayiyikoh Incubator in Ivory Coast and the DouaLab based in Cameron, to build their own derived version based on their their future projects.

Keeping in mind the Debian spirit, this version was designed with a strong emphasis on the community aspect, and the support from other community members like : Arpinux and Thuban from the HandyLinux distribution, who adapted their HandySoft/HandyUpdateChecker application to make it in run on EmmaDE, David and Francine from the Doualab, Hélène, Bruno and Jean-Christophe form the Emmabuntüs Collective, Moussa from the Ayiyikoh Incubator, François from Multisystem, Nicolas from Montpel’libre, Idéefixe, Grompf, JPSan and the bloggers Frédéric Bezies and Rodolphe.

Many thanks to all of them for their invaluable help and support.

Image : EmmaDE screen capture with new icons and HandyLinux applications.

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Jerry and the women

9 juin 2016 Commentaires fermés

In their infinite wisdom blessed with divine inspiration, the ancients were very right when saying that “union is strength” and that “you cannot wrap up a package with only one hand”. Since one year, these two sayings earned a place and enabled great accomplishments in the biggest urban commune of Abidjan, called Yopougon. This is where young and dynamic Ivorians, who fully understood the meaning and value of the team work, stepped forward to answer their nation’s call and the cry of distress of the youth, by saying “Ayiyikoh” ! (Let’s team together !) to develop their commune, their country, and to increase Africa’s influence across the world.

Ayiyikoh Business Incubator [Fr] aims to be a mutual assistance and solidarity platform for young entrepreneurs active in different fields, for developers in the new technologies, and also for unemployed people to stimulate their desires to work and display some potential interesting future. Their deep enterprising drive as well as the desire to share their knowledge, led the Incubator young users and the Ayiyikoh FabLab to start a common project in order, not only to give them a little economical stability to secure the FabLab survival, but above all to initiate children and adults to the computer tools and teach them all the opportunities available on Internet. A very laudable project which encompass the social, educational and even environmental fields, since the young people – having our planet at heart – decided to use recycled computer hardwares and an operating system based on Libre software to realize the project called Cyber Jerry [Fr] which started in October 10th 2015.

Jerry cyber

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Support Committee for Cellou Diallo against his deportation

4 juin 2016 Commentaires fermés

Cellou Diallo, coming from Guinea, is very well known in the OpenStreetMap and Drupal communities. He was arrested on Monday May 23rd 2016. Then brought before the Administrative Coout of Montpellier on Thursday May 26th at 10:30 AM for a deportation procedure (Obligation to leave the French territory).

The Support Committee for @celdiallo started to form on Twitter (#pourcellou) against his deportation.

Cellou has arrived in France during year 2011 for an internship at the IFREMER Institute center based in Sète. As an opponent to the government in place, he was persecuted and forced to leave his country. Since his arrival in France, his whole family has been decimated by the Ebola virus epidemic cracking down in Guinea during year 2015.

 

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Emmabuntüs revives obsolete PC’s

6 janvier 2015 Commentaires fermés

 

 

What to do with our massive ever growing electronic wastes ? A community – teaming up with the organization Emmaüs decided to attack this important and topical problem. Noting that the old machines recycling process was far to be satisfying, when at the same time some class of the population could not get access to the digital world, surely, something needed to be done.

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September 1st 2014 Emmabuntüs 3 celebrate Festival of Humanity

1 septembre 2014 Commentaires fermés

The Emmabuntüs Team is pleased to announce for September 1st 2014, the new Emmabuntüs 3 release 1.00 based on Xubuntu 14.04.1.

We continues on our goals:

  • Facilitate the work of reconditioning the computers given to humanitarian associations

  • Continue to collaborate with Emmaüs communities

  • Promote the discovery of GNU/Linux by beginners

  • Limit the electronic devices wastage to reduce the over consumption of raw materials

  • Continue to collaborate with our friends from “JerryClan” in France and Africa (Ivory Coast, Togo, Cameroon, Chad, Benin and Senegal) who develop locally innovative uses

 

Picture: Jerry Do It Together Abbé Pierre on Emmaüs de Montpellier Saint-Aunès Community

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Emmabuntüs : « On a vraiment tout »

4 juin 2014 Commentaires fermés

Notre ami Mayank Sharma vient de publier une présentation d’Emmabuntüs sous le titre « Emmabuntüs : On a vraiment tout » dans un article consacré aux dérivées d’Ubuntu dans le magazine Anglais LinuxVoice.

 

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