ALIN Awarded 2011 Access to Learning Award by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

James Nguo, ALIN Regional Director, rejoices after the announcement in San Juan, Puerto Rico by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Photo: © BMGF

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Free Information Access Testimonies

‘’There was an article that appeared In the Standard news paper sometime back about effort less income through the internet. It took me 1 week to think about it after which I visited the Maarifa centre. The field officer Mr. John Njue explained to me about using Ad sense to make money after becoming a blogger. There and there I was directed how to open an Ad sense account to activate the adsense widget in my blog. Am now earning through Google putting adverts in my blog. I am inviting you all to follow my blog :  

“The free interet service at Kyuso Maarifa centre has really helped the user so much, for example my group and I wanted to make branding for our locally produced mango juice. Little did I know whether we could get all kind of images/photos of fruits/juices. Through the centre we were able to download varieties of images which were used for designing our labels. Secondly, the staff at Kyuso Maarifa centre helped us search whether ‘Tatamu’ the brand name we wanted to give our juice product has been taken” Ali Mulei, Kyuso fruit grower
I acknowledge with thanks the free access to computer and internet at Kyuso Maarifa centre. As Kenya commercial bank (KCB) staff we are searching for the bank customers since Kyuso branch is newly created. The challenge is, it’s a requirement to have Kenya revenue authority Pin number for one to register as the bank customer. When I realized that there are free E-Governmental services such as KRA PIN, am able to convince many to join the bank since there is somewhere I can refer them for free service. Basically, the centre has helped the Bank acquire new customers” Jeff Muigai, KCB-Kyuso

The Maarifa has offered professional support to me in many ways. Due to free advisory service offered by an ALIN staff at Kyuso Maarifa centre I was able to learn video shooting and editing techniques. I have managed to do 1 video program for Office of the president-Kyuso during the launch of Kyuso senior resident magistrate court by retired chief justice Evan Gicheru .Josphat Mwinzi, Clerical officer

“Whenever there are job promotion am left out, one day I thought deeply of the reason and I decided to go back to school. Because of my work as a primary teacher I may not able to take a fulltime course and rather I decided to a distance learning degree courses in early childhood development (ECD) at Nazarine University. When we went for briefing we were told that we were supposed to be sending our assignment via Email, didn’t have any. ALIN has really helped; I was able to submit all my papers and passed.  She added ‘My assignment always reached in time due to existence of free internet service at Kyuso Maarifa centre ‘ Mary Mwendwa, Primary school teacher 

‘’Through existence of Maarifa centre job search as been effective, I started by subscribing to all job search portals, I started getting job alerts daily. Through the Maarifa centre I am able to get instant messages and E-Mail since there is not a single day that I don’t check my mail at no cost. I have applied Many jobs online and managed to attend 3 interviews’ Mary kasyoka, Ministry of Youth Volunteer

“The Kenya national examination council demanded that the KCSE 2011 will be registered online. There was very short notice since the parents were making effort to get birth certificate for their children. Through the Kyuso Maarifa centre were able to register our 30candidates”. Joshua N. Daniel, Head teacher, FGCK Academy   

“Whenever I open my post office box and find a copy of baobab, the day and mind gets fresh. I had just been discussing my vision on rainwater harvesting technologies with a friend and after and hour, what do I see in my 59th issue of baobab magazine(ALIN Publication) Water management and food security in Africa”. Martha Kanguliu, Farmer ,Katse