Project News

Update on the feasibility study for ICT infrastructure development

The data collection for the long awaited feasibility study on ICT infrastructure development, Internet connectivity and on human and organisations e-readiness commenced on the 6th of March 2007. The process of data collection started with the Science and Technology Subcommittee meeting on the 20th of February 2007, where the seven enumerators were selected for the exercise.

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Craft Uplifts Binga Women's Lives

The Herald (Harare)
March 3, 2007
Posted to the web March 3, 2007

By Kamurai Mudzingwa

Tonga women in Binga have turned a natural resource -- ilala palm -- with the help of Binga Craft Centre, into a treasured commodity through weaving beautiful products.

The craft centre, whose mission is to economically empower women producing Tonga crafts through sustainable use of natural resources, has done a lot to promote women's craft in Binga District.

The Tonga people, who have always lived close to the Zambezi River, have, like the weaverbird, perfected the art of weaving to such an extent that they have managed to captivate the world with their craftsmanship.

According to Betty Mwinde, the quality controller at the centre, the woven products are in such high demand that some of them are exported as far as the United States of America.

But it is the organised manner in which the Tonga women conduct their business with the craft centre that deserves special mention.

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Merry Christmas

We take this opportunity to wish you all a happy holiday season, a merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous 2007.

We say thank you to the many friends, individuals and partners that collaborated with Tonga.Online in support of this program and for the BaTonga people of the Zambezi Valley.

Mweende Kabotu! Twalumba loko and see you in 2007!

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Website Redesign

As of today, 6th January 2007, the new website-design, based on a content management system (CMS), named Joomla! is online.

You are welcome to suggest improvements or comment on the design in the new discussion forum.

The old website has been moved to /archive.

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Impact Assessment by Horizont3000

Project partner Horizont3000 (an Austrian NGO in the field of Development Cooperation) will be conducting an Impact Assessment study of the Binga ITC, which is currently scheduled for end September/early October 2004. The study will include interviews within the community to determine the impact of the project. This should provide the base for further strategies and facilitate an extension of project funding.

Penny Yon departs Binga and relocates to Harare

With effect from January 2005, Penny Yon, who has been coordinating the project since its inception, will be based in Harare with regular visits to Binga to monitor progress of the project. A local team is being built to run the project on the ground in Binga, which is seen as a further step towards self-reliance for the project and the people of Binga.

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Tonga.Online Impact Assessment available

Thanks to the Austrian NGO Horizont3000, esp. Bridget Matambo and Lynda Mujakachi for the Impact Assessment carried out in November. There was a weakness in financial management highlighted which is well noted and agreed. In 2005, now that the refurbishment and setup is completed and the new ITCs settling down, focus will be directed on operations, management and accounting systems, in our drive towards sustainability and self reliance for the ITCs.

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Call for support for Tonga.Online!

The co-financing agreement with Austrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs for Tonga.Online has expired end of last year and a new funding agreement or other donors are not in reach yet. Despite some ongoing assistance from Horizont 3000 and private contributions the project is in urgent need of support to continue its basic operations. Please assist the project with your donation.

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Zyachitika - it has happened - Tonga.Online office is back on line!

Dear All, Greetings to you all and your families. team is happy to inform you that it managed to meet the deadline for office relocation and cleared well with the former landlords. We are grateful for the good period of work we had at Mr and Mrs Zerf's stand 115 and we are lucky to be in the hands of another understanding Landlord who has facilitated our beginning at new premises, stand 602, Secondary High Density area. It is along the first street with PTC houses facing Binga High School from the north. ZYACHITIKA - IT HAS HAPPENED.

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Brief update from Kunzwana Trust / Harare

As we move (so fast already!) into 2006, we are excited to be working hard and seeing the project grow, and more people having access to this important technology. Here in the capital, Keith and Penny wear many 'hats', but plan and work together to keep the administrative and monitoring system flowing, raising funds, accounting and reporting to donors.

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Funds for Tonga.Online 2-year programme

Tonga.Online : A New Future : IT infrastructure development

Kunzwana Trust and The Tonga.Online project are delighted to confirm the substantial support received from the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), with effect from April 2006.

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Focus on Zimbabwe

On the eve of the Presidential elections on 9th/10th March the focus of our attention is on Zimbabwe. We stay in solidarity with our friends and the people on the ground: may the vote and will of the people be respected and decide the direction how to overcome the current crisis: We still hope that the winner will take on his responsibility to lead the country wisely and that the looser will accept defeat without causing havoc and bloodshed. In fact the crisis the country is facing is so deep and polarisation went so far that the commitment and strongest efforts of all patriotic Zimbabweans are required to change the tide and reconcile the nation.

We are closely watching the course of events and trying the best to reflect it on discussion here (see Forum).

Good Prospects for Tonga.Online Phase 2

The official opening of Binga Information Technology Centre on 15th February 2002 marked the successful completion of phase 1 and start into phase 2 of Tonga.Online project. The achievement was highlighted by all stakeholders and authorities present and by World Links for Development Programme who recognised Binga I.T.C. as 43rd WorLD Centre in Zimbabwe.

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Zambezi River Authority in favour of Tonga.Online Internet project

The Zambezi River Authority, a parastatal set up by Zambia and Zimbabwe for the development of water resources in the Zambezi valley, is very much in favour of TONGA.ONLINE Internet project as was stated in a recent fax/letter:

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Welcome to TONGA.ONLINE:!

Today, Sunday 25th March, 2001, the website has been launched. It will be hosted free of charge by SILVER SERVER in Vienna / Austria. This event marks a step forward for the TONGA.ONLINE project, which aims at promoting a Tonga Voice on the Internet. At the same time, a mobile Internet Centre, THE BIG BLUE VAN of World Links for Development WorLD, is about to start its tour in the Tonga area in Binga / Zimbabwe with further stops in Manjolo, Siansundu and Siachilaba. This will provide - at least temporarily - an Internet access for the Tonga community with the goal to lobby support for a permanent Centre. Check it out and take a chance to communicate with(in) the TONGA community!
Peter Kuthan

Resumé / looking back at achievements of 2001


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Welcome to the new Tonga.Online team

We are glad to introduce you to the new Tonga.Online project team who will provide support to the three Computer Centres in Binga area. Due to the relocation of Penny Yon to Harare and the extension of the project to Siachilaba and Siansundu there was an urgent need to replace the coordinator and to enforce the team.

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