Printernet-Menya Newsletter

This is our monthly newsletter for the Printernet-Menya Burundi, the first after the founder, Michael Josefowicz passed. Starting 2018, this wise man was the supporter of this project. May he Rest In Peace forever.

After a heros there is a heros.

The death of the Printernet New-York was like a sword in some partners heart. What we will still remember is his kind :”Don’t blame someone because he failed to respect the deadline, things must happen when they are ready to happen”. Also, he taught reporters about time management. To honor his words: ” I want you to continue with the project even when I am gone”, we have printed 200 copies of the February newsletter. This will help 200+ readers to have awarenesses of the activities. Passed away in January 2021, this February, we printed the first newsletter. A friend of him helped us to go from doc file to PDF. Another one helped us to print it out. Her support is invaluable because we are using it to reach out to our readers.

In the starting, we used to teach rural villagers the “computer skills” using WIFI and solar power. This has positively impacted villagers. We welcome everyone who wants to support us in this project of enlightenment of rural villages using solar panel.

By Canon Felix, Reporter

Ugly death, why have you done this?

Michael Josefowicz (RIP), you shown me the way, but you left us without seeing the results of your coaching. Here at Printernet-Menya Burundi, you are unforgettable.

Ugly death, why have you done this? Ugly death, why do you bring sorrow? Ugly death, why do you put people in dire situation? Ugly death, when will you be satisfied?

Ugly death, who told you we will stop? Ugly death, who sent you to do that evil action? Ugly death, who will praise you? Ugly death, who is your friend?

Ugly death, how bad are you! Ugly death, how do you want us to move? Ugly death, what is your vision?

You tried to stop us but you failed. You did what you did but we are unstoppable. You took him as quickly as you want, but his memory is here. You took him after he finished to show me what to do in our face to face workshop. You stopped him from seeing what he started.

Menya misses his coaching. Menya misses his consultancy. Menya misses his advice and everything from him.

Ugly death, you are very bad

Michael Josefowicz, the unstoppable man

Many of us, when they encounter problems in their project, they stop by there and failure knock on the door. Michael Josefowicz, the very wise man, in a such situation was not stopped. With his own philosophy known under the name of NEME (Notice-Engage-Mull-Exchange ), he was able to hold a good converzation in his connections, after what he made a choice to clarify who was worthy yo continue with him.

Lazy people in the project

All started with the investment. In each village, he started by investing money to cover primary wants in the office. Lazy people got the investment but didn’t do anything with it. They shut up like nothing had been done. The decision of sending money to a person with who you have not been together is very serious. Till now, these lazy people are silent. Unfortunately to them, the project continue.

Michael Josefowicz said: “The ideation of showing the power of print came in my mind in 2009. This dream came true staring 2018 when I helped to install the Independant Pub Centers in some african countries. There are some people to who I have sent investment to use in the Printernet office. They notified me to have got money but have never told me what they are doing with the money I sent to them. This will not stop me. With conversations, it is not easy to know if you are talking with a man who does what he said he will do. I struggled to finding someone to lead the project. Right now, I have found some. Onward, ever onward. I am a retired man. I want you to continue even when I am gone. I want people to see that the Printernet is not limited to you and I, but testimonies will continue to flow even when I will no longer be among you. Lazy people have eaten the money, but real men are working. I will be helping my partner to know how to use the resources they have at hands. I am not stopped by lazy people because, if they do that, they stop their own blessings”.

By Canon Felix, Gitega Burundi, the Printernet reporter.

The best of Michael Josefowicz in Burundi


He was a retired man who lived in the New-York City. He was a man of vision and humanitarian. He helped many people using social networks, tools that many neglect. For him, it was a place to coach, mentor and consult his partners. He was fluent on Facebook, Messenger and Twitter and other tools. He was very quick in responding to questions or suggesting solution on an given issue. With his councils and support, we came to the foundation of Menya Foundation, a social enterprise whose objective is “Responsible use of social network”. Let’s talk about his activities in Burundi where many people have benefited from the Printernet Project.

Ni umugabo yari mu karuhuko k’izabukuru yaba mu gisagara ca New-York. Yari umugabo afise iyerekwa kandi yitaho abandi. Yarafashije benshi akoresheje imbuga ngurukanabumenyi, ibikoresho benshi badaha agaciro. Kuri we, vyari ibibanza vyo gufasha, guhanura no keereka inzira abo bakorana. Yakoresha cane Facebook, Messenger, Twitter n’ahandi. Yari abangutse mu gutorera umuti amatati no mu tanga intumbero ku kibazo kanaka. Impanuro n’ubushigikizi vyiwe ni vyo vyadushoboje gutanguza Menya Foundation, ishirahamwe rifise umugambi umwe wo kwigisha urwaruka gukoresha imbuga ngurukanabumenyi neza. Reka tuvuge ibikorwa vyiwe I Burundi aho benshi bungukiye muri uwo mugambi.

The Printernet project in Burundi
Umugambi Printernet mu Burundi

When we got connected, he asked me if I was ready to be a Printernet reporter, what I accepted. He helped us to install the Printernet office by investing his own money for our own good. In the office, he planned to have computers, router , flat TV, Invertor, solar panel, battery and so on.
Igihe twamenyana, yarambajije ko nemera kuba umuvugizi was Printernet mu Burundi. Naravyemeye. Yaradufashije gushinga ibiro vya Printernet akoresheke uburyo bwiwe ku neza yacu. Mu biro, yategekanya ko habamwo imashini nyabwonko, imboneshakure, ivyuma nikwega imishwarara y’izuba, n’ibindi.

Printent-Menya writings workshop
Uruganda Printernet-Menya rwo kwandika


In the second part of 2018, he settled a private Facebook group where he taught us to write good English texts and stories. Most of students were French speakers but, at a given moment, he realized that some of them were worthy to continue as interns of the project. Some of the students were selected as interns.

Mu gice ca kabiri c’2018, yarashizeho umugwi utabonwa na bose kuri Facebook aho yatwigishirije ukwandika icongereza gityoroye. Abenshi bavuga ururimi rw’igifaransa, ariko igihe kigeze yarabonye ko harimwo abakwiye kubandanya nk’abafasha (interns) muri uwo mugambi. Bamwe mu banyeshure baratorewe ico gikorwa.


Printernet reporters and the newsletter
Abavugizi ba Printernet n’ikinyamakuru.

His plan was incomparable. He named a reporter based in Burundi, Uganda and Malawi. These are all africans. We are leaders of Village WiFi where rural villagers are connected to the internet and electricity. Monthly, reporters have to write stories and he transformed them into PDF file. How quick was he! Hepaid us regularly. The salary is used to print out the newsletter and to facilitate its distribution in different places. None of us is complaining nowadays.


Integuro yiwe ni ntagereranywa. Yarashizeho abavugizi mu Burundi, Malawi na Uganda. Bose ni abanyafrika. Turi abarongozi b’ibigwati vya WiFi aho abanyakirwati baronka internet n’umuyagankuba. Ku kwezi, abavugizi barandika inkuru nawe akayihindura PDF. Yari abangutse gute! Yaduhemba uko ukwezi guheze. Uwo mushahara tuwukoresha mu gusohoza ikinyamakuru no kugikwiragiza mu bibanza bitandukanye. Nta n’umwe muri twebwe yidoga.


Paid interns
Abafasha bahembwa

He knew the importance of team work. He had provided interns to work with reporters. Here at Menya Foundation, the intern was regularly paid and this changed lives.
Yari azi akamaro k’umugwi. Yaratanze abafasha abavugizi. Hano muri Menya, umufasha yahembwa ku gihe kandi ivyo vyarahinduye ubuzima bwa benshi.

Every-yes every child will read in the world
Umwana wese wo kw’isi azosoma (inkuru)

This was another vision of him to help every child, wherever he/she is, to be aware of what is happening with the Printernet project using newsletters.
Iri ni irindi yerekwa ryiwe ryo gufasha umwana wese, aho ari hose kumenya ibiriko biraba kubw’umugambi Printernet hifashishijwe ikinyamakuru.

The Village Savings Loans Association initiated.
Itanguzwa ry’umugambi wo kuziganya no kuguranana

The Printernet Project identify the village’s challenges and come in with solution. Here at Bwoga, rural people have low income. With his coaching and mentoring of the founder of The CGSSE, we started with the first VSL group by January 2019. In 2020, we started 3 others. Each group has 25 members and are guided by Menya Foundation. They monthly save 4000 BIF and are allowed to request a loan with small interest of a 1% monthly.

Umugambi Printernet wihweza ivyo ikibano gikeneye ugaca uza nk’inyishu. Ababa hano i Bwoga binjiza amahera make. Mu bufasha bwiwe hamwe n’impanuro z’uwatanguje CGSSE, twarashize umugwi wa mbere muri Nzero 2019. Mu 2020, twaratanguje iyindi itatu. Umugwi wose ugizwe n’abantu 25 bose bari mu burongozi bwa Menya. Baziganya FBu 4000 kandi bakanasaba ingurane ku nyungu itavuna ya 1% ku kwezi.


Nemetics Institute for Participatory Action Research (NIPAR)
Ishure ry’uburondezi NIPAR

This is where he was leading us to. He took his time to post lessons that were helping us to go to that end, where we expected to get a Certificate. He has gone without reaching this goal. Damn the death.


Aha ni ho yariko aratujana. Yarakoresha umwanya wiwe akaduha ivyigwa vyodushikanye kuri seretifika. Yatashe atahashitse. Urupfu ruragahera.


Our decision is to continue with his vision.
Ingingo twafashe ni kubandanya n’iryo yerekwa ryiwe.

By Printernet – Menya Burundi
Canon Felix and Eliane Niyonkunze
P-M N

Rest In Peace forever

It is in the early 2018 when I came to know you. From a French country speaking, I was asking myself on how we will hold good conversation. I remember the first message you sent to me through messenger. You are unforgettable

The Printernet project in Burundi

You asked me if I was ready to be a Printernet reporter, what I accepted. You helped us to install the Printernet office by investing your own money for our own good. In the office, you planned to have computers, router , flat TV, Invertor, solar panel, battery and…. . I knew you when all this was done, recruited as a volunteer. After you got all informations about your investment, you decided to work directly and this enabled me to be who I am at work. You are unforgettable

Printent-Menya writings workshop

In the second part of 2018, you settled a private Facebook group where you taught us to write English texts and stories. Most of students were French speaking but, at a given moment, you realized that some of them were worthy to continue as interns of the project, what you did. You are unforgettable.

Printernet reporters and the newsletter

Your plan was uncompareable. You named a reporter based in Burundi, Uganda and Malawi. These are all africans. We are leaders of Village WiFi where rural villagers are connected to the internet and electricity. Monthly, reporters have to write stories and you transformed them into PDF file. How quick were you! You paid us regularly. None of us is complaining. You are unforgettable

Paid interns

You knew the importance of team work. You had provided interns to work with reporters. Here at Menya Foundation, the intern was regularly paid. Your work has changed lives.

Every-yes every child will read in the world

This was another vision of yours to help every child, wherever he/she is, to be aware of what was happening with the Printernet project, using newsletters. You are unforgettable

Nemetics Institute for Participatory Action Research (NIPAR)

This is where you were leading us to. You took your time to post lessons that were helping us to go to that end, where we expected to get a Certificate. You have gone without reaching this goal. Damn the death. Here, I am not sure if we will continue….

Online workshop

In your last days of life, you suggested us to hold online workshop. Two days before you left us (RIP), you conducted an online workshop with the Printernet Nigeria. Here where I am, we did a face to face workshop. The shock started by the lack of your comment or like on my post. This put me in confusion. The next day I did, no comments, no like. This was not your habit and I was asking myself what has happened. You are unforgettable

The sad news fall, tires flew

It was in the early morning that I was aware that you have passed. My intern was near me. The pain in our heart, we found ourselves crying. We finished to accept that.

You are unforgettable

With your support I helped many people. Your support helped me to be who I am now. Your support helped me to publish the Printernet-Menya newsletter. Your support made me a man of difference. You have gone when we are in need of you. You have gone even if there were other programs we were planning. You have gone and we are crying. I have learned many things from you. Among what I learned, I saw that the social networks can change lives. The important thing is to find real people with real cause and real people with reality into them

For Menya, you were a Very Important People who lived in rich country caring for poor people in poor country. You are unforgettable

The printernet newsletter is a key



The October newsletter was about the disco located in Bwoga village. This is a rural area where it is difficult to see VIP buildings. After we printed out the newsletter, we, the Peinternet – Menya leaders called him to retrieve the newsletter.

PM Newsletter: Allo Marc, the newsletter for your disco is ready. How many copies do you want to be printed?

Disco owner (Marc): what is a good news! I need 100 pages. Print them out and I come to pay

PM Newsletter: Right. Be quick because time is rushing

Disco owner (Marc) in the printing shop: Eeeeh! Are you sure! Very fabulous. Please, make sure you will help me to spread the world, starting at the disco. I go to school to teach. When you are done, tell me. Take this money. Pay all the copies.

PM Newsletter ( after payment): Allo Marc, where can we see you? All is finished now.

Disco owner: I am here at Centre de Formation Professionnel (CFP). Meet me here.

PM Newsletter: give us some 30 minutes. We come.

Disco owner ( reading the newsletter): Wow! I am very happy to have this newsletter. This will help me to show that our prices are normal. People will see that the newsletter has helped us to spread the world. I told to one of my friend that there is a newsletter based in the New-York City that is writing about my disco. He was very impatient to read what is written inside it. I will go to show him and give him some copies.

This evening of October 7, 2020 we met him in his disco. What did he do when he saw us?

Disco owner (Marc): Hey! You are welcome here. Today, the number of my customers increased. This happened from when they saw the newsletter with the prices. You have really helped me because I was about to close due to the lack of customers. Continue this noble work to be a voice of the voiceless. I was to collapse but now, this newsletter helped me to be back to normal. Nowadays, I can see the flowing of money because the newsletter is displayed in every place where people gather. 

PM Newsletter: Thank you too. Your satisfaction is our strength, we are here for you. The Printernet Menya Newsletter wish you Good luck 

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