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The Story Tweet by Tweet

Charity Events, Celebrities and Guinea Pigs

The Management Meeting

Kelvin, Travel Sickness and Jet Lag

An Interloper

Aids or HIV or both is a Disease

Detained Shane

Detained Shane Continued

High Street Fundraising

Shane and Shirley

Can Humanitarian Space be Empty

Quarantine

An Inepd Humanitarian Quiz

A bit of Nothing

World Peace

Nothin much again

Time Poor Donors

Child Soldiers

Womens Community Centre

Internatonal Health Quiz

Copenhagen and Cop15

The Winter of Discontent and Après Skiing

Haiti

The Audit

Forward Accountability

The Ballad of Shane and Shirley

Derivatives and LSE MBAs

Marketing Kills

Tweet Funeral

Humanitarian Couple of the Year Awards

 

           

Womens Community Centre
Kelvin Peterson
InepdKelvin Running a little late here. Just finishing off breakfast and then off to the Makeni Women's Community Centre in Sierra Leone in about 15 min 5:54 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
InepdKelvin Right now we are just about to leave. 6:07 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
InepdKelvin Had a great last night at a small bar in Makeni by the market.. Makeni is a small town in the center of Sierra Leone. It is incredible hot. 6:07 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
InepdKelvin We had some beers with the staff here who manage a women’s community development program. Fascinating work they are doing. 6:07 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
InepdKelvin They help poor women with lots things to help become un-poor. Women are so important in the family being the main child bearers. 6:08 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
InepdKelvin Women also play in important role in towns economy by working and helping all the time. 6:08 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
InepdKelvin Right we are just getting in the Inepd Land-Cruiser to visit the Inepd Women’s Community Centre. 6:09 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
InepdKelvin Samantha my Personal Assistant will be tweeting for me on the visit so I can concentrate fully on the great work of Inepd international 6:10 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
InepdKelvin She has been fantastic on the trip such a vivacious young lady. Reminds me of a girlfriend back at University. 6:10 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
InepdKelvin Fantastic summer of 83, Spandet Ballet and the Cote d'Azur. Pity father was a GP.That was before I met my wife Cynthia. A long long time ago 6:10 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
InepdKelvin Right, Now handing the tweets over to Samantha. 6:11 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin Hi I am Samantha. 6:11 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin I am Kelvin's personal assistant and I will be tweeting for '@InepdKelvin while we visit the Inepd Makeni Women’s Center here in Sierra Leone 6:11 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin Just getting in the Land-cruiser. Only a short drive to the centre. 6:12 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin Oh it is next door, we are just pulling up at the gate. 6:12 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin Kelvin is wearing a traditional Sierra Leonean suit made of the local designed cloth (Gara) he received from the Inepd staff here last night 6:13 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin It is bright orange bursting in a constellation of exploding stars with purple nuclei. 6:13 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin He also has a traditionally carved wooden staff/walking stick and white Inepd baseball cap and dark brown boating lofas. 6:13 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin We have now stepped out of the Inepd LandCruiser. We are met by the Centre Director Mrs Kadiatu Tureh. 6:14 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin Kadiatu tells us about the history of the centre. How it was formed after the war to help women get back on their feet. 6:14 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin The centre gives literacy classes and supports women with income generation activities. 6:14 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin The centre is also an information and referral service to support victims of domestic violence. 6:15 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin Kadiatu now asks us if we would like to see the centre and meet some of the staff and women. 6:15 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin We walk into a small room a bit dark with natural light. The house has mud brick walls with cement rendering and thick yellow paint. 6:16 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin There are around 10 women dressed in beautiful dresses of all colours and matching head wraps or scarves. 6:16 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin Kadiatu introduces us to the women. There are 2 staff and a savings group who are particpants in an Inepd Program. 6:16 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin Kadiatu explains the savings group has 6 women and they save together and take turns to access credit from the group savings. 6:16 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin The credit usually goes to support an income generation activity of one or more of the women. 6:16 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin We are asked if we would like to sit  down and ask the women about the centre. 6:17 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin Hi I am Samantha. I am Kelvin’s PA and I am tweeting for '@InepdKelvin while we visit the Inepd Makeni Women’s Center here in Sierra Leone. 6:17 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin We all begin to sit on the mats. 6:17 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin Kelvin has walked off to the corner of the room, there is a table and chair and picks up the chair and walks back to his place. 6:17 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin He stays standing for a while seeing us all sitting on the mats. The women start to stand again. 6:18 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin Kadiatu says it is no problem for him to sit on the chair and everyone sits down again. 6:18 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin Kadiatu asks if he would now like to so say anything to the women. 6:18 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin Kelvin then stands and says that he is so happy to be here in the presence of some many beautiful ladies. 6:18 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin He then goes on the say he knows that being a woman is not easy; it takes hard work and patience. 6:18 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin He then says In poor countries like Sierra Leone it can be even harder for women, but with perseverance and Inepd support they can make it. 6:19 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin He then thanks them for the opportunity to visit them in their natural surroundings. 6:19 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin Kadiatu then asks Kelvin if he would like to ask some questions to the women. 6:19 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin Kelvin ask the women what they use the money they make from income generation activities. 6:19 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin One women in her early 20s Sarah says that she uses money she makes for school fees for the children and any emergency medical expenses. 6:20 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin Kelvin asks how much she has made from one of the income generation activities. 6:20 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin Sarah says she made 30,000 Leones in 3 months. This has helped her family a lot; it is there only savings. 6:20 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin Kadiatu says that this is around $10. 6:20 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin Kelvin now looks a little disappointed and says to Sarah, don't worry once this financial crisis business will bounce back. 6:21 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin Kelvin asks Kadiatu why doesn't Inepd just pay for school fees for the kids and support a clinic if that's what the women spend the money on 6:21 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin Kadiatu starts to reply but Kelvin interrupts. 6:21 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin Kelvin goes on to say, that this business model for the savings group looks pretty marginal. 6:21 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin He asks Kadiatu if all the savings group women are as poor. 6:21 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin Kadiatu then says that we target women with little means for our programs. However it is difficult to target the poorest women. 6:22 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin kelvin's advice is to broaden their portfolio, try and get some local businessmen etc. in the program to expand the capital base. 6:22 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin Kadiatu, thanks Kelvin for the suggestion. Kadiatu suggests that we move on and look at some of the women work. 6:22 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin We then move the to a Tukul at the back of the office. The Tukul sits in the middle of a neat and simple garden with some fruit trees. 6:23 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin Kadiatu explains that this where women come to work and socialise when not caught up with family matters. 6:23 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin It is an important place because our staff and volunteers can also provide information on services that women can access to support them. 6:23 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin The women have brought some of their handicrafts to show the type of work they are able to undertake with the support of Inepd International 6:23 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin Kelvin sees one piece that he says is exquisite. It has been made by a widow Zaria with 3 school aged children. 6:23 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin She has just finished the piece. 6:24 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin Kadiatu explains that the piece is an intricately beaded bag with accessories(belt and ear rings) and has taken Zaria 4 months to make. 6:24 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin Zaria explains that because of Inepd the Inepd Savings Group she has been able to purchase materials that she could not otherwise afford. 6:24 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin When Zaria sells the beaded bag and accessories she will enough for her children’s school fees. 6:24 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin Kelvin tells Zaria that Cynthia his wife would absolutely love a bag like this. She just loves handicrafts. 6:24 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin Zaria tells Kelvin he can have the bag for his wife. Kelvin then asks how much. 6:24 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin Zaria tells him not to worry.  6:25 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin Kelvin accepts the bag and thanks Zaria. 6:25 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin Kelvin then walks to admire one a wall tapestry hanging by the entrance of the tukul. 6:25 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin Kadiatu and Zaria are having a heated discussion in their local language.  Kelvin then asks which woman made this tapestry. 6:25 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin No woman comes forward. Kadiatu steps towards Kelvin and explains that the hanging was done by a woman who is absent. 6:25 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin Kelvin says that it was just what he would have wanted for his office back at work. 6:25 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin Kadiatu asks if we would like some morning tea with the women.  Kelvin says he would love to but we need to be back in Freetown tonight. 6:25 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin The UN Womens Auxillary is performing “A Street Named Desire” 6:26 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin He promised to attend as one of his colleagues from the Royal Bank of Scotland wife is performing. 6:26 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
Saamantha for InepdKelvin We head towards the Land-Cruiser. I am now handing back the tweets to '@InepdKelvin Hope you enjoyed my tweeting. Here's Kelvin. 6:26 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
InepdKelvin Thanks Samantha so much for tweeting what was a fascinating visit. 6:26 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
InepdKelvin Each time I come on a visit I learn so much. When I am also able to use my financial background to give some advice to support a program. 6:26 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
InepdKelvin Well a long drive now back to Makeni. 6:27 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
InepdKelvin I wanted to congratulate '@InepdMercedes on the splendid work she is doing in Florida with Time Poor Donors( Senior Citizens). 6:27 AM 30-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson
InepdKelvin Here is the cutting edge “Time Poor Donor” training session she did on Tuesday: http://bit.ly/380gUP 6:27 AM 30-Oct-09
Mercedes Bligh
InepdMercedes @taylmer Our finc, dep. like that tax havens exist. It's the highlight of their financial year to visit Caymans in March to close the books 6:46 PM 30-Oct-09
Tracey Aylmer
taylmer  @InepdMercedes when i did accounts i wish i had such a perk as that! ur financial team is so lucky 6:56 PM 30-Oct-09
Mercedes Bligh
InepdMercedes @taylmer Not everyone can go to the Cayman Islands for 6 weeks of course.The interns stay behind to support our poverty development programs 7:03 PM 30-Oct-09
Tracey Aylmer
taylmer  @InepdMercedes now i'm studying law i can't be envious. change of industry means i'll be going other places. but cayman is a place to visit 7:06 PM 30-Oct-09
Mercedes Bligh
InepdMercedes @taylmer I think Tom from Advocacy is a lawyer. He is always travelling but under difficult conditions. Advocacy Unit only travels economy! 7:11 PM 30-Oct-09
Tracey Aylmer
taylmer  @InepdMercedes i like travelling full stop!! its in my blood going down from generations. Tom is lucky anyway :) 7:13 PM 30-Oct-09
Mercedes Bligh
InepdMercedes @martinb9999 Support our small NGOs: http://www.inepd.org > But Inepd International is not a small NGO. 11:37 AM 31-Oct-09
martinb9999  @InepdMercedes Small in the nimble, Schumacher sense. 12:35 PM 31-Oct-09
Mercedes Bligh
InepdMercedes @martinb9999 I thought Inepd International is more a Ferrari, although Schumacher is splendid!,he would be a great Inepd Goodwill Ambassador 1:16 PM 31-Oct-09
Solar Sister
solarafrica  @InepdMercedes Thanks dear - totally honored and humbled to be considered an Inepd friend. 1:40 PM 31-Oct-09
Kelvin Peterson,Kelvin Peterson,Mercedes Bligh,Mercedes Bligh,Shane Thompson,Shane Thompson,texasinafrica_normal
texasinafrica  Best development expert tweets ever. RT '@InepdKelvin Post on visit to women's centre in Sierra Leone: http://bit.ly/2L5q8k 7:31 PM 31-Oct-09
tracy1314  @InepdKelvin Seriously, saying you need help enabling poverty development 4 the poor is funny. They have poverty down. No need to develop it 7:37 PM 31-Oct-09
giantpandinha
giantpandinha  @sablikatriumph Obligatory reading: http://www.inepd.org/ 12:20 AM 1-Nov-09
Tendaijoe  @InepdKelvin This is a post from my visit to a school for child soldiers in Sierra Leone this week http://bit.ly/4BL6fE #childsoldiers 6:21 AM 1-Nov-09
Tendaijoe  @InepdKelvin how are you.You have very powerful tweets 6:25 AM 1-Nov-09
giantpandinha
giantpandinha  The "Palm Tree Index" of international development http://bit.ly/4s9R7K - for '@sablikatriumph '@InepdMercedes, maybe '@Meowtree 8:56 AM 1-Nov-09
Kelvin Peterson
InepdKelvin @tracy1314 Totally agree with you. Inepd International does our best to support and enable poverty development. Not an easy task!! 4:08 PM 1-Nov-09
Kelvin Peterson
InepdKelvin @Tendaijoe Thanks for the compliment and RT, All the best, Kelvin 4:17 PM 1-Nov-09
Mercedes Bligh
InepdMercedes RT '@giantpandinha "Palm Tree Index" of int. dev. http://bit.ly/4s9R7K >Sad to see INGOs moving away from marketing based program selection 4:40 PM 1-Nov-09
Tendaijoe  @InepdKelvin Memories of a street child :Exclusive :6 November My Birthday...http://tendaijoe.wordpress.com #poverty 6:42 PM 1-Nov-09
tkb  Might be old hat but new to me: "fascinating" NGO.... http://www.inepd.org/ :-p 8:15 PM 1-Nov-09
Tendaijoe  @InepdMercedes oh thanx for the add.How are you 10:22 PM 3-Nov-09
Mercedes Bligh
InepdMercedes New innovation in Charity Conferences. Please join our InepdCamp first topic is to be "Where does caring stop and humanitarianism begin" 7:42 PM 8-Nov-09
Mercedes Bligh
InepdMercedes New Inepd climate campaign #EverySecondCounts Just think if every second person in the world consumed a fraction of the energy of the first 7:46 PM 8-Nov-09