Our focus at Let’s Free Africa Project has been on working with non-governmental and community-based organizations in designing programs in developing countries that provide training and support services in technical skills, entrepreneurship and business development. We work with various organizations in sub- Sahara Africa to train the least educated; most socially and economically underprivileged youth and adults (both men and women) and aim at increasing their incomes and turning them into productive, employable or self-employed members of their communities.
Let’s Free Africa Project has as its core programmatic strategy the following objectives:
Education and Skills Training Programs to improve livelihoods
Livelihood Enhancement Program to enhance economic opportunities
Entrepreneurship and Business Development Program to assist unemployed youth and women
What does it mean to free Africa? Majority of problems keeping the continent in its current poverty state is due to the lack of knowledge and resources readily available to its indigene. For one reason or the other about 2% of the population has acquired and retains Africa’s wealth through knowledge and opportunity. The point is simple. Consider malaria, a silent monthly tsunami whose devastation washes over Africa at a proportion that dwarfs the Indian Ocean tsunami. Each month more than 150,000 African children die of malaria; that’s about the total death toll of the Asian disaster. Yet these deaths do not sear the public’s mind. On top of the tragedy and vast economic cost, they contribute to the continent’s population explosion, as impoverished Africans have large families to counter the ever-present threat. By giving the indigene of Africa the opportunity to free themselves from their current state of indigence and the stronghold of bad leadership they will be able to obtain a better future. We can do this by providing Free Internet. With Free internet indigenes can create their own online businesses and bolster education amongst other opportunities.
The Free Internet Success Stories
Several cities and towns are running wireless networks in a variety of ways depending on available resources and the needs of their residents. Since Community Internet offers them a way to decide what they feel is their own best solution, municipalities have constructed successful wireless networks using various approaches to ownership and types of infrastructure. Google WiFi is entirely funded by Google. Despite a failed attempt to provide citywide WiFi through a partnership with internet service provider Earthlink in 2007, the company claims that they are currently working to provide a wireless network for the city of San Francisco, California, although there is no specified completion date. See a few networks below that provide free internet to its community:
St. Cloud Cyber Spot: The first city-owned, city-wide wireless network in the country was deployed in St. Cloud, Fla. Broadband access, available all around town, is offered at no charge. The service has been rated #1 in the country for 100% availability.
NYCwireless: New York City residents can access free wireless Internet through hundreds of hot spots around town, set up by the nonprofit organization NYCwireless.
WAZ Tempe: Cities can easily benefit even from privately-run wireless networks. The city-wide network in Tempe, Ariz., serviced by Kite Networks, provides free broadband access to municipal and public safety workers.
Glenwood Springs Community Broadband Network: Glenwood Springs, Colo. provides high-speed broadband access to its residents through a fiber-optic network. Wireless service is offered to households beyond the network’s reach.
Chelan County Public Utility District: In Washington, Chelan County’s PUD is building fiber-to-the-home infrastructure for use by residents and businesses in the area, and about 15 different service providers offer high-speed Internet access on the network.