For the following questions/comments, please know that CA = Community Assessment.

1. Contact Names and Information (email, phone number, skype etc.) and Group Affiliation for stakeholders that Paul mentioned
2. Contact names and information of Penn State professors on board for the project (students acquire - already on ANGEL)
3. Statistical information for specific site at Nyeri
  • geographical data (topographical maps) (CA)
  • soil data (CA)
  • climate information (Students acquire)
  • water quality information (CA)
  • surface and ground water information (CA)
  • materials and expertise available in Nyeri area (CA)
  • how close the Kimathi University is village site (directly on the campus)
4. Contact Kimathi University faculty to gain information about site (as mentioned above (CA) Will the community assessment give us this info? Most of our questions have to do with cultural and social issues. If we need maps or rainfall data, we need to find a reliable source for this info. Hopefully contacts with professors at JKUAT and Kimathi will be able to provide this, but is there anywhere else we can look?
5. Money available and how is it divided? (No funds yet. Grants submitted for faculty travel in Nov., Student travel in May, $1.5 million for overall village project - Ford Foundation, $50k from NCIIA for appropriate technology design/construction).
6. How many people are we housing? (demo village: 8-10) Should we be creating designs that would also be applicable/expandable into the dorm-style housing Paul mentioned for the street children and Kimathi students?
7. Is the agriculture for food crops or cash crops? (Depends on soil, water, markets, etc.) How can we find this out? If we are teaching people how to farm coffee, we need certain resources. If we are growing food for our site, we need to look at polycropping techniques. We need to know what the people on the ground want us to grow so we can plan for how to grow it.
8. Liaison to Paul and JKUAT (already on ANGEL)
9. We need to actually GET the information that we ask for, rather than being told that someone knows it. WE need to know it. (What info? We need to know specifically what questions! Recognize this is a common hurdle in most projects in developing communities)
10. We need to not spend time meeting together going around in circles. If there's nothing more we can do as a group without more info, it is not useful to keep discussing this lack of info. More frequent, regular meetings seem to be helpful to keep us on track. We need to spend less time talking about what we're going to do, and more time doing it. (Goals then? Where is the appropriate technology summaries? Where is the community assessment documents for delivery?) Community assessment documentation is complete. The assessment tools were handed out by Nicole last week, and we are waiting for the protocol from Nicole. Is there anything else we need to be doing with the assessment before it is actually used?
11. We need to be in close contact with Janelle, who is closely in contact with Paul (already on ANGEL) Who is Janelle's contact person from our group? Perhaps Tom and Janelle should both be copied on all emails that are sent between the students here and any PSU advising professors, other students, friends in Kenya? I hate to flood your mailboxes, but I think we could use an overseer or two who know what is going on. Is there a better way? A CYECKENYA email address to send all these emails from so everyone has access? Just throwing out ideas that would prevent Tom's webmail from exploding!
12. We need to know if we should be focusing on several technologies we deem appropriate or every technology available for the purpose (All technology - with assessments resulting in final 3 to be implemented)
13. We need to have some source of organization and structure so that we always know who should be doing what and how to get there. When something doesn't occur in schedule, we need to be able to do something else without missing a beat! (What is your scheduling and management plans?)
14. We need to recognize that we are in partnership with our friends in Kenya. If we can't get in touch with them and share the information and work with them, this project WILL FAIL. We have to find a way to communicate and give information back and forth. (agreed - I have not seen any emails at all sent to Kenya - have any been sent? If so, please copy me if you would).


AGENDA for talking with Paul:

  • Ask about (1.). Have him either give us that info over the phone, or have him email us.
  • If he wanted to get good factual information about the site at Kimathi, where would he look? (specific organizations/sites)
  • Who is the housing for (students or street children) and HOW MANY are we housing (in the beginning)
  • How can we get in touch with you?
  • Where can we find out what technologies exist at the Kimathi site? (cooking appliances, electricity, computers, vehicles, water(where it comes from), water treatment, waste, garbage/recycling)
  • What types of agriculture do you want? Are we trying to produce food for the site, or cash crops (in particular?) or some of both?
  • Are there any outstanding resources on the site that might be useful?