It has been a while since my last post on Tumblr. We’ve spent some quite busy days, meeting the staff, collecting feedback and doing the report. Our final presentation was on Wednesday, with professor Michel from CMUR coming to visit. He provided very valuable feedback and thoughts on local IT development and its impact on our long-term solutions based on his 5 year experience in Rwanda.
With the power and water off for long hours today, I spent most of the day talking with several kids that we have been closely working or communicating with. Kids in ASYV are just amazing. They have gone through hard times. They have to put everything on their own young shoulders. They are strong, passionate, and hopeful. I wish every best luck for them. And I believe the future will get better and better.
It’s always hard to say goodbye. All I want to say is thanks, for the good and bad experiences, for having these friends in my life.
I have been working on the configuration and installation of the open source education management system since I came back to the village Saturday afternoon. For me, this is also a process of learning. I had no idea of JSP, MySql , TomCat and how a web-based Java system works in a whole picture before I found this tool; however, I had to google the tutorials and tried to make it work before further understanding the codes, which seems really complicated.
Currently I get stuck by a very basic database problem. That’s the drawback of working with codes and machines; you know it’s just a small bug but the whole system can’t work before you figure it out. Anyway I am still trying hard and seeking help from my friends.
Ten weeks seems long, but as we get deeper into our work, we still feel the time is very limited for implementation, especially when most of the work should be done before the semester ends, so we can get some feedback from the staff to revise and improve our project.
I am getting used to the simple life in ASYV now. I enjoy the small conversations every time I go to the dining hall or meet the kids on the way. But I still spend most of the time working in front of my laptop, which makes me feel a real need for more fresh air and sports.
It’s Monday again. This will be a long week for both the kids and us. Sometimes I see the students come to our guesthouse to study at night. This reminds me of my high school years. Hope they all do well in the exam week!