Mapping Event with Google

Google Sub-Sahara Africa had launched it first Mapping Event in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on August 30 and 31 @iceaddis. Social Innovation Mentors had the privilege of being a part of this wonderful event; thanks to Abel Asrat–Google Student Ambassador at Mekelle University–who connected SIMs to the Mapping Event.

SIMs were trained on some of the google products such as Gmail, G+ and Google Map Maker.The event will allow our members to improve their digital communication in more organized way. During this Event, SIMs team along with Mekelle University students computed in locating more sittes around their Universities. We are also interested to engage in similar activities by hosting such events to EiABC students who currently don’t have a GSA representative on campus.

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A Bamboo Project in Gambella

A whole new world to many of us when we arrived to Gambella on July 15th after a day and a half road trip from Addis–777kilometer away. Almost none of us has not been this far away from home in our life, this was a whole new experience for us.

We chose to introduce Bamboo to our friends in Gambella and had permission to do our design at Hope Enterprises School Gambella branch. Here was our chance to actually test out our skills in a real life.

We also had “Experience Sharing Day” with a number of female college students in Gambella town. That was just outstanding!

Since a picture worth a thousand words, enjoy our pictures below.

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Team Building Retreat

Team Building Retreat at Lake Langano

Early Sunday Morning, we embarked on a journey to Lake Langano for a much deserved and anticipated team building camping retreat. The objectives of the retreat were for everyone to get to know each other better, experience new things, enhance team work, and take a little break. Most of us had just finished our final exams and presentations, and had never been camping, so we were excited and nervous about the getaway, not knowing exactly what to expect. As we arrived at our meeting point, the EiABC, and greetings were warmly exchanged, a buzzing energy of excitement and enthusiasm began to build on the bus. Our awesome driver and the only male on the trip, Girma, put the bus in motion at around 9:00AM and off we went! The ride to Langano was about six hours long, including a stop for lunch. The sound of laughter, singing, clapping set a cheerful mood and made the time go by faster.

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Helping the Elderly & L&L

 June 27 2012 (Field Trip)

One of the exciting projects we have for this summer is the design of a public Restroom that has toilet and shower facility. We will be working on this project in collaboration with a local NGO that helps the elderly. We were privileged to see the elderly people that the NGO supports on our site visit. The location for the Restroom project will be around the Ledeta area in two potential sites and finally benefit elderly people that have been selected through the local administration. Not only will the restroom benefit the public and help keep the environment clean, it will also serve an income generating purpose for a group of elderly people. (Naomi)

Lunch and Learn – June 28, 2012

This week’s Lunch and Learn was unique in two ways. First, in the spirit of service and sharing (the theme of the upcoming months), the girls had generously allocated their lunch money from this week’s session toward the purchase of workbooks for 97 orphan children at the local NGO, and therefore there was no actual lunch. There was, however, plenty of learning. Second, the session was open to the community at large; in attendance were both male and female members of the student body.

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Renovating a Warehouse

This was one of the most interesting projects that the 26 girls got involved in and came up with creative ways of turning a warehouse in to a youth centre. The warehouse is located around SarBet in a church compound and mainly served as a storage space for properties owned by the church. the main idea was to transform the warehouse into a more active, inviting and comfortable space that serves as a Youth Centre for young adults. The girls divided into groups and came up with different ideas and approaches to solve the problems they observed from their site visit. The major setbacks within the project area includes erosion of the soil due to the river that flows by the site, flooding during the rainy season, unpleasant smell due to the unclean river and the unsafe side walk that leads up to the warehouse. The winning project has proposed internal spaces within the different activities such as a cafeteria, gym, library, music room and also office spaces. They have also tried to tackle the problems related with erosion by proposing a sustainable and environmental friendly solution(gab ion). The final proposal considered the user group, the cost for renovation and the contextual setting.

               The new design                                                           The existing one