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The second of the 2 partners hosting the Aunty Jane hotline in Nairobi made time to answer some of our questions this morning. Their publicity of the service has been widespread and includes Mombasa, Eastern and Nakuru in addition to Nairobi. Their callers include men but the service is predominantly used by young women.

Although without their own IT department, the retention of key, trained personnel has ensured that the service has been sustained and reliable since it went live over 6 months ago.

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Akeyo has been a community health worker for 7 years. Fathiya is also a community health worker, living positively with HIV for the last 15 years and grandmother to 4 kids. Gathoni is both a community health worker and a sex worker and mother of 2.

We were privileged to meet and talk with these 3, who are helping the women of their community, each using their own experiences to break down barriers and empower women facing the same hardships and issues in Korogocho.

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The purpose of our trip this week is to evaluate projects using Freedom Fone in Nairobi, specifically to understand their challenges and constraints and to celebrate their successes.

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Activism      Gender

Freedom Fone faces a number of challenges in 2013 as it transitions from a donor funded development model to a community supported software project.

Historically, Freedom Fone was developed to help activists quickly set up automated voice menu, voicemail and SMS information services independent of the Internet and with a minimum of reliance on mobile network operators.

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A lot of ground was covered in 2012 thanks to valued contributions from staff, donors, volunteers, users and other good folk.

We ran hands-on training in Tanzania, Kenya, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Uganda and were delighted to see communities of use arise as a result of these workshops.

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Freedom Fone v2.S.4 now available.

This version runs on Ubuntu 12.04LTS and supports OfficeRoute SIP devices and Huawei GSM dongles. Huawei E173 and E1550 have been tested. Let us know with what other models of audio enabled Huawei dongles you have success.

MobiGaters can only be supported by modifying the default configuration. Instructions will be uploaded to the website in due course.

There is no upgrade path between v2.S.2 and v2.S.4.

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Freedom Fone v2.S.4 now available.

This version runs on Ubuntu 12.04LTS and supports OfficeRoute SIP devices and Huawei GSM dongles. Huawei E173 and E1550 have been tested. Let us know with what other models of audio enabled Huawei dongles you have success.

MobiGaters can only be supported by modifying the default configuration. Instructions will be uploaded to the website in due course.

There is no upgrade path between v2.S.2 and v2.S.4.

 

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Freedom Fone trainers, Bren & Tich, traveled up by road this month to run user training in Lilongwe, Malawi. It’s a day’s drive that takes you through Nyamapanda, Zimbabwe’s north east border post with Mozambique, then through Tete province and later through the Dedza border post with Malawi. Much of the road through Tete is littered with potholes and besides the city of Tete, there’s not a lot in the way of service stations to help you out if you hit trouble. The good news is that the border posts are well managed and the traffic fairly light.

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Tich and I are recently back from Lilongwe, Malawi's capital city. We were there to run a Freedom Fone user training workshop for six organisations involved in community mobilisation and 2-way information sharing.

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2 borders, 2 temporary import permits, 2 car insurance licences, 3 currencies, 10-12 hours and countless bags of charcoal lie between Harare and Lilongwe if you travel by road. Tich and I are on this road trip because Air Malawi have canceled their flights between Harare & Lilongwe and we have a training workshop to run before the end of the month.

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