By Canon Felix
Mubuga, Gitega, Burundi.
Printer Net Foundation invests in micro-project. This is doable in rural village where there is not access to electricity and Internet connection. After Malawi, Uganda,…, it is the round of Burundi. Since Printer Net Foundation, represented by M Ichael Josefowicz, in partnership with World Merit Burundi, represented by Nzigamasabo Léonidas choose Mubuga Village, located in Gitega Commune in Gitega Province, a new village WiFi is coming soon. At that village, a router, WiFi device, a flat TV, an inverter and other stuffs will be installed. After the agreement was made between the two organizations, Nzigamasabo Léonidas and I jumped at the village. The objective of the visit was to see if the micro investment will meet the needs of villagers. Also, in the village, we had to look for Burundi Printer Net Office. This village is big, with health center, schools, churches, shops,…. . It is situated at 21 kilometers from Gitega city. This means that from Bujumbura to the village, it is a long way: Between 140 and 150 kilometers. We had opportunity to talk with the chief of the zone, the Youth Center President and other villagers.
1. Administrative leaders convinced
Placide is the chief of the zone, after the micro-project was explained to him ; he said: »This project will enable our youth to have access to the internet. This will help us to educate them, especially in holy days. To have this project is a greater thing. We are very happy. I am seeing the signs of sustainability of our village. You are welcome in our village ».
Jean Marie Vianey, the president of Mubuga Youth Center was very glad. He said : »Since we have access to the Internet, our youth will no longer go to ligalas, but they will be trying to research informations in Google. I think you plan to bring a printer and copier machines. Here, we have many schools. This is also a challenge to us because to have exams typed, we must go to Gitega. If you have these devices, you will have many customers. I hope we will work together for the promotion of our youth education ». Nzigamasabo Léonidas explained to people the goodness of the micro-project. He explained: »This micro-project is to open the minds of young people because they will study how to use social medias, to read books, online schools and other advantages. Devices will be installed here in the village ». After the discussion related to the office of Printer Net, a conclusion was made. « The Printer Net Office of Mubuga Village is near by the Youth Center house. 40.000 BIF of rent will be paid each month. The youth center will provide us with solar panels electricity, computers, flat TV. When we will be holding an event, the youth center will be used for free. They are long chairs also. All what we have to do is to replace their damaged inverter. This one has 24 volts. To bring solution to this regulator, we decided to sell our battery in order to use that money to buy a 24 regulator. This means that right now we have at hands :
A. From Printer Net Foundation investment :
* 1 automatic inverter of 12Vols;
* 1 Vodafone mobile wifi
* 1 sim card
* 9 chargers
* 1 electric wire;
* 1 electric bulb;
* 1 battery of 70 Ampere that will be changed in regulator.
B. The Youth Center will give to us:
– a flat TV ;
– hall to hold events like teleconference
– chairs ».
In fact, Mubuga as a Wifi village will be launched at 10th July, 2018. As it will be in holy days, teachers, pupils and other people will be invited to participate in that great event. Villagers recommended us to bring the printer /copier, to buy tele 10 or Startimes in order to show them football games like Champions League and World Cup, to bring the printer of pictures and to connect them to potential partners who can support local initiatives for young people.