Planning, forever.

April 30, 2009 at 4:21 pm 2 comments

We’re deep into the planning stages. We’re dealing with electrical issues, potential Internet use (we had originally thought we might have to just be without internet and use the XOs’ mesh network, but we may be able to get some access), and assorted other things – like a yellow fever vaccination shortage (we all need a yellow fever card to get into Madagascar because we’re going to Rwanda first). We’ll all need a YF vaccination, and a few of us need assorted others – tetanus booster, Hep A (we can only get the first short, though, as the second is given 6 months later), typhoid, and for sure anti-malarials. I have an appointment at a travel clinic on Tuesday, and I’ll get the YF + anti-malarials.

We’ve booked our tickets – we’re going DC to Atlanta to Johannesburg, where we spend a night, then Kigali, where we spend 10 days. Then back through Joburg to Tana! We’re leaving the States June 5. I have no idea how to occupy myself for that long of a flight – I read really quickly, and definitely will not have space for a lot of books. That’s probably the least important issue for the trip, but oh well. We return home on August 25.

We had a really productive conference call with the MSP folks (who are all great) on Tuesday, and everything’s starting to seem much more real. It sounds like it’s going to be cooler than I thought – I suspect Ambatoharanana might be on a massif (is that a word in English? I can only define it in French). Oh, on French – it seems like a lot of important people in Ambatoharnana will speak French, so that’s easier for us. I got a Malagasy dictionary and phrase book, and while the grammar seems manageable, I’m totally lost on pronunciation. We also need to investigate more of the cultural norms – that’s for the next call!

I’m hoping to start applying for grants and start actively pushing our fundraising.

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  • 1. Kacandre Bourdelais  |  May 1, 2009 at 12:46 am

    Hi OLPCorps Africa colleagues, don’t know if your deployment is near OLPC-France deployment, but Bastien Guerry and his team at OLPC-France are deploying this summer 100 XO in Antintorona village near Nosy Komba. Maybe it can be nice if you can both communicate together. Here’s their website :

    If you need a translator, I can help.

  • 2. ampitso  |  May 1, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Thanks, Kacandre! I shot them an e-mail.


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