Month: November 2009

Exciting Weekend of Reconstructing Communities

Exciting Weekend of Reconstructing Communities

This weekend started with lots of excitement when we had a visit by the US Consulate General at the Reconstructed Living Lab and had the privilege to share our experiences of using technology to bring about social change in our communities. The weekend also continued with training with the Mom 2.0 and Reconstructed Team. We …

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96 Hours of HIV/AIDS support using Mobile Phones

96 Hours of HIV/AIDS support using Mobile Phones

Yesterday marked 96 hours of LIVE activity by the National AIDS Helpline (NAH) offering HIV/AIDS support to people in need. This is really exciting because the counsellors still have the same passion using mobile phones as another medium to reach people impacted by this epidemic. As we celebrate World AIDS Day 1 December, we would …

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National AIDS Helpline CellBook training

National AIDS Helpline CellBook training

Today I did training with the National AIDS Helpline (NAH) introducing the Metropolitan Foundation “B The Future” Cell Book. The B the Future cellbook provides the user an entire book on the mobile phone giving information about HIV/AIDS. This initiative would definitely give more people access to information at the tips of their fingers. The …

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Living Labs in Southern Africa (LLiSA) Conference

Living Labs in Southern Africa (LLiSA) Conference

Today I had the opportunity to present the Reconstructed Living Lab at the 1st Annual Living Labs in Southern Africa (LLiSA) conference. It was interesting hearing other Living Labs across South Africa and some from Finland presenting their Living Labs approaches. Some of the key points are summarised below of today’s activities: 1) Living Labs …

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Substance Abuse Mobile Counselling Launch

Substance Abuse Mobile Counselling Launch

Today was one of those days where we will be taking the Advice Support service to another level in collaboration with 4 other Non-profit organisations and supported by Department of Social Development. The Substance Abuse Mobile Counselling pilot project will investigate the use of cellphones as a counselling and support medium for people who are …

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Substance Abuse Mobile Counselling in Western Cape Schools

Substance Abuse Mobile Counselling in Western Cape Schools

This past week was really exciting as we took the Advice Support inititiave to another level by collaborating with 5 Non-profits to provide drug counselling using cellphones in 5 different districts accross Cape Town. The initial areas idenitfied are Khayalitsha, Miitchells Plain, Atlantis, Athlone, Paarl, Wellington and Stellenbosch. Although each area have its own set …

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Amsterdam Business School visit to RLabs

Amsterdam Business School visit to RLabs

Today RLabs was priviliged to host a group of amazing individuals from the University of Amsterdam Business School who are currently busy with their Executive Masters in Information Management. The group have been doing a week of training and projects part of a collaboration with UCT Graduate School of Business. Being part of this programme …

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Mobile Counselling Training

Mobile Counselling Training

In collaboration with the Department of Social Development and Impact Direct Ministries, the RLabs team hosted the world’s first Mobile Counselling Course to a group of particpants from various Non profit and Community based organisations. The focus of the training was to empower these organisations to make use of mobile phones as part of their …

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MoCo Tour: Support for Drug Abusers using Mobile Counselling

MoCo Tour: Support for Drug Abusers using Mobile Counselling

This week was the start of the “MoCo Tour” which is a collaboration between RLabs, Impact Direct, Department of Social Development, SANCA, Dopstop and Sultan Buha. This initiave aims at taking support for learners at schools accross Cape Town as part of a pilot to test mobile counselling as a tool for drug intervention. Since …

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