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We're a charity working in Tanzania. Our aim is to eradicate poverty through education.

We work with mostly with the Maasai tribe who take their cattle to graze hundreds of kilometres from their homes. We're hoping to use the moblog technology to get important information to this disparate community.


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We have a problem. Well, we had a problem. We are a charity who work with providing education and health news to Maasai communities in Tanzania. The Maasai are pastoralists who live off their livestock in rural areas of East Africa.

The villages we work in are very spread out and cover hundreds of square kilometres. We need a way of getting in touch with them.

Well, most Maasai have access to a mobile phone and by using the moblog technology we think we can get vital information about courses, diseases, vaccinations, medicines to them without any delays.

What do you think mobloggers? Has anyone heard of any other projects which might be able to help us?

We want to get cracking on this project as soon as we can, but first we need a bit of help - 10 seconds of your time.. it's all it takes. We're in the final of the Vodafone World of Difference competition and if we win we'll be able to roll moblog out to the Maasai in the next 12 months!

It's dead easy to vote. You need a Facebook account and about 10 seconds of time...

1. Click on the following link: http://bit.ly/Ah4JN

2. Scroll down to the second Wall Post & Click MAX to vote for me

3. If it asks you download a facebook application click "allow"

Then that's it - your vote is cast and I say a huge thank you!

Voting closes at midday on Thursday 17 September (UK time)... so get voting and pass it on!

Let us know what you think about the project... we're new to moblog so want the views of its dedicated users!
14th Sep 2009, 14:13   | tags:,,,,

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nige says:

Voted earlier today. Good cause, and that is a great photo. Happy to make a couple clicks for you and for the Maasai Massive!

Welcome to Moblog.

14th Sep 2009, 14:25

LivLife says:

Cheers Nige. Hugely appreciated. Tell your mates and let's get the Maasai on Moblog!

14th Sep 2009, 14:40

kel says:

Good luck - will be following with interest!

14th Sep 2009, 14:50

jc1000000 says:

Great to see you here! Fantastic photo too.

I voted today too. I hope you win because your project would be very much at home here with Jigalong who moblogs from the Australian bush and Euphro who sometimes blogs from antartica. There's also Greenpeace here and Amnesty too.

14th Sep 2009, 15:08

Euphro says:

Done! Good luck :D

14th Sep 2009, 15:16

jc1000000 says:

Oh yeah and there's also the Christmas Card Project.

14th Sep 2009, 15:28

LivLife says:

Talk about a welcoming community! Thanks everyone... Feel at home straight away...

14th Sep 2009, 15:52

Viv says:

fabulous picture - good luck

14th Sep 2009, 16:45

MandyP says:

voted! I hope it works out.

14th Sep 2009, 17:50

Dhamaka says:

welcome ... and done

that's a very powerful image...

14th Sep 2009, 17:55

540air says:

Good luck :)

14th Sep 2009, 17:57

Excellent idea, voted.

14th Sep 2009, 18:31

rhys says:

Voted. Great idea and best of luck.

14th Sep 2009, 18:34

Caine says:

Voted. Welcome to Moblog!

14th Sep 2009, 20:48

shitake says:

Welcome,superb idea and photo!

15th Sep 2009, 00:04

MaggieD says:

Brilliant Idea :)

16th Sep 2009, 19:55

LivLife says:

Thanks folks! Has anyone got any ideas for how to use Moblog in other ways in Africa? Is anyone a teacher? I'm thinking of mixing Moblog with Google maps to do a virtual tour of a village with different stories... Bring the place alive... What does everyone think?

16th Sep 2009, 20:44

nige says:

Damn good idea. Have a look at the groups for some more ideas. I'd also suggest looking at projects like http://moblog.net/stopped and http://moblog.net/britglyph for an idea of how you can use mapping and collaboration using Moblog as a base.

16th Sep 2009, 20:46

Caine says:

I think that's a good idea. A moblog could always be set up for a school, or for children, specific to their point of view.

ETA: I have a Nikon point 'n' shoot I'm very fond of, but I'd be happy to donate it to such a purpose, if that would be needed.

16th Sep 2009, 21:00

LivLife says:

Cheers Nige, I'll check those projects out. There's some good shots on Google maps of the area we work - http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source;=s_q&hl;=en&geocode;=&q;=arusha&sll;=53.800651,-4.064941&sspn;=21.823835,57.084961&ie;=UTF8≪=-3.415753,36.491024&spn;=0.017928,0.027874&t;=h&z;=16&iwloc;=A (excuse the external link... sure you can get it in Moblog but can't work it out yet!). You can see each of the Maasai homesteads (the small circular-ish settlements). I think it'd be ace if we could put markers at each village and add photos & videos - tell the story of the real people and the real Africa...

Caine, that's an amazingly generous offer. Once we've had the chance to work out how the project would best work I may well take you up on the offer. There's not a better way for someone to tell their own story than by taking photos of what's important to them

16th Sep 2009, 21:30

Caine says:

Well, I'm fortunate to have more than one camera. The best purpose one could serve is exactly what you say, for someone to have the opportunity to paint their life. :) I can be contacted by email from my moblog.

16th Sep 2009, 21:44

jc1000000 says:

Old camera donation, for any project powered by moblog, is a lovely idea.

Max - have added this photo to the map. Just click 'show on map'. You can also 'see LivLife's maps' in your moblog sidebar.

To add pictures to the map via web or mobile is quite easy - see these instructions

17th Sep 2009, 12:18

Eddie(kpro7500-at-sbcglobal-dot-net) says:

What a joy to find smonoee else who thinks this way.

20th Sep 2011, 03:44

Eddie(kpro7500-at-sbcglobal-dot-net) says:

What a joy to find smonoee else who thinks this way.

20th Sep 2011, 03:45

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