March has officially become Zambia awareness month. First, the country is in the news because of the Vulture Fund, then during my trip to California last month I came across the Terranova Coffee blend being sold in Starbucks. Thanks to a friend I was able to capture the Zambia Terranova Estate cover shot and even though I’m not one to promote Starbucks, this month certain Starbucks locations are featuring the Zambia Terranova Estate coffee beans as a Black Apron exclusive. According to the website, Starbucks actually pays tribute to the farmers of Black Apron Exclusives blends through cash awards and also by funding projects that support the community, environment and coffee sustainability.
If you’re in Zambia or anywhere within flying distance make sure you stop by to check out the ‘2006 Bwanji Party’Â on December 30th at the Blue Bridge Night Club in Lusaka. This is the first year that the party has been organized and all proceeds will be donated to Fridah Ngoma and the Flying Angels Christian Mission Community School.
I just came across WildFOTO Africa – Check it out for some awesome pictures of Zambian landscapes and waterviews.
If you’re interested in free and open source software in Zambia then you definitely need to register and sign up at OpenSourceZambia. Supporters of open source software in ZambiaÂ have really come together to launch the OpenSourceZambia site andÂ have already got a pretty active discussion list. From the site:
OpenSourceZambia exists to promote the knowledge and use of open source software in Zambia. Open source software presents many benefits to users, from the low cost of acquisition (it is typically given away free), to the security advantages of having the source code available, to the fact that those with the interest can develop their skill in information technology by using it. In a developing country, all of these aspects are crucial advantages of open source software over proprietary alternatives.
More than that, the open source way represents a collaborative, generous and community-oriented way to get things done, and this software development methodology is carried over into how people learn and interact. OpenSourceZambia aims to become a focus, in Zambia, for developing the community of people interested in the benefits of technology for themselves, and for encouraging the international open source community to assist in the advancement of open source software in Zambia.