Yesterday afternoon, I received one of those emails that’s so good, its worth sharing.  The following is from Antoine Ngeleka, the former head of one of FORGE’s Computer Training Centers who is currently getting his BS in Computer Science through FORGE’s university scholarship program.  He has some exciting news about developments in Congo, preparations for the 2011 elections, and how FORGE’s programming is helping otherwise-ineligible populations to join the reconstruction process.

This is the stuff we live for!

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Hi Kjer,

 

I hope all is well with you and everyone near you. I just wanted to share the compliments I received from my former students who repatriated last year and this year. The voter enrolment that officially started early June in Kinshasa to prepare the 2011 elections is starting in the rest of the country this week. The last time it happened in Congo was before the 2006 elections, and most of the people who got jobs with the electoral commission during enrolment were from urban areas. The same thing is happening this time too since it is a computerized enrollment and there are no computer training centers in most rural areas of the DRC.

And yet, I have received so far seven phone calls from former students to inform me that they managed to pass the test and got a job with the electoral commission of DRC! Two of these people are in Mwange (Moba territory), one in Pweto, three in Kirungu and one in Moba port. I believe that many more of my students were selected but haven’t yet informed me for some reasons. One of them said  “Je ne croyez pas que la connaissance que j’avait acquiert dans le centre informatique de Kala avait une valeur quelconque, jusqu’a ce que je pouvais défendre votre travail pendant le teste, je connais maintenant que j’ai un colis intellectuel important dans moi; merci a FORGE et son staff”, meaning “I didn’t know whether the knowledge and skills I acquired from Kala Computing Center had any value until I managed to defend your work at the test. I know now that I have an important intellectual property in me, thanks to FORGE and its staff”.


This is a sign that FORGE was not wasting time and resources in its projects but was actually investing in people. The good seeds that FORGE was sowing are now producing.


May FORGE live longer 

 Antoine NGELEKA
Bachelor Of Science in Computing 
Cavendish University Zambia