Wednesday, March 30, 2011

FeedBack on Free Computer training

 Computer trainees at N'garua Maarifa Center are highly appreciating the services offered, Most notably are the free computer training and free internet access which has given them an opportunity to connect with the rest of the world. Youths are not left behind, a good case is an email sent to N'garua Maarifa center by a satisfied trainee.
  ---------- Email message ----------
From: NANCY MAINA Date: Sat, Mar 12, 2011 at 10:16 AM
''Due to  the  advacement  that  is  going on in  the  world,  its  a treasure  that
NG'ARUA  MAARIFA  CENTER is  giving  people a  chance  to  be enlightened
with  the  information  technology.

Thanks  to  the  CKC for  being  so  concerned with  the  ongoing  of  the  people
living  around  them. Thanks  for connecting  us  to  world  through  the  internet.''
Nancy Maina

Monday, March 28, 2011

Free Internet enabled online registration of KNEC Candidates.

The Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) has introduced online registration of K.C.P.E candidates. Many schools in the rural areas could not easily access the system produced by KNEC, being the first time to register online. The N’garua Maarifa Centre with a role of bridging the digital divide in rural arid areas visited the site and downloaded the registration form.

 KNEC had stated that schools have to have access to a computer and the internet, those who don’t should visit any cyber cafe which are connected to the internet and ask for assistance. For that reason one of our former students and head teacher in one of the schools around this area called the Maarifa center seeking assistance. Through him, other schools got the information and came to the center to be assisted with registration, which was not easy because it was a piloting project for the KNEC. Read Full story.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Viewing ‘‘Blogs’’ as new information powerhouses.

The term blog or weblog has become popular only recently According to Wikipedia (2004), a Weblog is “a Web application that contains periodic, reverse chronologically ordered posts on a common Web page”.
 The term Weblog was coined by Jorn Barger in December 1997 and the first Weblog was built by Tim Berners-Lee at CERN. This was also the first Website ( Peter Scott defines a blog as “a page containing brief, chronologically arranged item of information. A blog can take the form of a diary, journal, what’s new page or links to other websites” Read full story.

How I started Rabbits Rearing; Karanja.

To start rearing rabbits, is as easy as getting a female (doe) and a buck (male), once they start kindling they multiply rapidly. But that could not happen easily to Karanja, first; Rabbits in the community were a preserve of young boys, who kept them as pets for pleasure. ‘‘I started backyard rabbits keeping four yeas ago, without prior knowledge nor interest in the matter. Neither was my attention focused on the small animals’’ said Karanja, a rabbits farmer from Sipili in Laikipia county.

Karanja’s younger son bought one female rabbit and borrowed a male one from a friend; his father took care of them when the boy goes to school. Since then, rabbits started to multiply and there was a ready source of meat for the family. Little by little and Karanja was learning a new trick of solving a problem in the family! Though initially it never occurred to him that one day he will venture into rabbits keeping as an enterprise. Read full story

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Untapped potential of small stocks.

Francis Kinyanjui holds a mature
Rabbit near the Maarifa center
 Livestock are an important part of livelihood systems for many poor rural populations in developing countries. ‘‘Small stocks’’ decreases the vulnerability to poverty, especially since it’s more accessible to greater numbers of poor households.
 Francis Kinyanjui a small-scale farmer in Ngarua Division, have demonstrated resilience in small stocks farming. He keeps a stock of over two hundred rabbits, which have multiplied since he started rabbits rearing for his livelihood, four years ago. In spite of the challenges associated with his choice of occupation, he is not giving up.Read full story

Monday, March 7, 2011


By Bett Kipsan'g
The stiff competition experienced by commercial companies coupled with changing economic times have given an edge to the new idea of Business Process Outsourcing (B.P.O). To cut the costs of operation, companies are laying off workers to enable them concentrate on the core businesses, non-core activities are outsourced to other players at relatively low cost. The smart company section of the daily nation have featured a real life story with a title '' Labour pains of call centre outsourcing'' and the story goes: ''In August this year, an employee of a mobile phone operator had planned to wed his long-time sweetheart. He planned to finance the wedding with savings from the salary he earns as a call-centre operator at Essar Telecom Kenya, which runs the yu mobile brand in Kenya.
“I have not informed anyone including my fiance,” says the employee, who talked on condition of anonymity because of the embarrassment this would cause. “But I have cancelled my wedding plans. I cannot afford it with my new salary.” Read full story. 
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