Graciano Gusmao Profile

March 22nd, 2010 jen Posted in Media Project, People Profiles, YoMaTre Comments Off on Graciano Gusmao Profile

No website about the Friends of Suai friendship is complete without a profile on Graci or Graciano Gusmao who quietly works away supporting everybody and anybody to help get his community back on it's feet. This series of photographs will give you an idea of what I mean. Graci drives us around, fixes things, installs things, learns how things work so he can help people who don't have the same access or the same skills, or both. At first he pretended not to learn English on principle, preferring to try and get us all to learn Tetun. At some point he has learned English through exposure, or he has decided that he can be more helpful with the language, I have never asked him. I noticed more English  and more nodding in understanding in 2008 and Pat reported he was speaking to her in English when she was there in February. Graci was one of the people Egy included in the first Video Workshop - probably because he knew he could learn it quickly and pass on his knowledge to others. I got to know him better then. He always has Radio Taroman playing on his car radio or a tape in for our pleasure and his.  In the class I discovered Graci is incredibly democratic - always inclusive and willing to help others and he wasn't shy about reprimanding others if he thought they were being rude or unfair. He is truly a man of the people with little interest in power but with a great curiosity and great capacity. His great love is architecture and the radio. He drew the first maps John Collins obtained of Covalima and he drew maps to help plan radio reception across the districts. He is absolutely beautiful with children and it's impossible to drive around Suai without waves and smiles from people along the way who know him. Everybody knows everybody in Suai but this man is apparently well-loved. You can meet Graci in the social network. Top left: helping Nata at CC. Graci DJ, Graci's first look at the video camera, playing with Baby Barretto. Graci-&-Nata-webGraci-DJ-Radiograssi-&-Jen-Graci-trick-kidsGraci-thinking-radio-statioGraci-Radio-MapGraci-radio-2008Graci & Natu teaching Bottom left. Thinking about schedule, showing radio reception areas, fiddling with mixer, teaching Lin.
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Uma Media Regional Suai

September 23rd, 2009 jen Posted in News, News Tetun, Uma Media Regional Comments Off on Uma Media Regional Suai

Ho prezensa (Uma Media Regional)UMR suai nebe servisu hamutuk ho Centro Juventude Covalima ba programa Youth Media Centre (Yomatre) bele halo fasil kommunidade no joventude sira atu hetan asesu ba informasaun iha distritu Covalima. Ema hotu kontente, halsolok (slogan Timor Telcom nian), mais ami nia slogan “Fo Beran ba Ema NEBE BERAN LA IHA” (give power to the powerless people). Klaru katak servisu hamutuk ne’e fo benefisiu no opportunidade bo’ot ba komunidade iha distritu Covalima atu aksesu ba informasaun ho simples, la karun no sustentavel. AGORA bele loke internet iha Estrada laran besik Centro Juventude Covalima nia oin (UMR/Yomatre)  deit depois tiha instola sistema broadband iha loron Tersa, 22 Septembro 2009. Presiza aksesu ba internet…??? Mai iha CJC/Yomatre/UMR, Ami attende no servi ba ita bo’ot sira ho responsabilidade oras 24 nia laran. Hatene informasaun, domina mundu… monta-ou-instola-boadbandwacses-internet-iha-dalan1w Chamot Egy and friend walking down the road with Egy carrying his laptop demonstratng that several hundred metres from the Youth Centre they have got a wireless signal? It must be a liberating feeling after so many years of feeling left out of the loop or waiting in queues at Timor Telecom.
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Photos Satellite Dish Cova Lima Youth Centre

September 21st, 2009 jen Posted in News, Satellite Dish Installed, YoMaTre Comments Off on Photos Satellite Dish Cova Lima Youth Centre

Egy has sent through photos of the satellite dish that has brought broadband access to the youth centre in Suai and a media house dedicated to regional journalism thanks to ICFJ.Satellite-for-sms-web Egy in pink T Shirt with various others he has brought into the photo without giving names.
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Broadband arrives in Suai

August 1st, 2009 jen Posted in Broadband Arrives Suai, News 1 Comment »

The long-promised, long awaited, 9 year dream has come true. " dear....Thanks to everyone.. I'm sending this email to you all from my own desk at the youth centre office. today, our internet already on... "..today and tomorrow so busy reorganize the place and removing the things, repainting all building with our volunteers. Erna and Jaimitu filming all the processes of installation as you remaind me.. when we go for skype..??
rgds egy "
Sweeter words have never been heard - well maybe that's an exaggeration but it is very good news, that Broadband access has arrived at the community level in Suai. This letter arrived from Ergilio Vicente the Co-ordinator of the Covalima Youth Centre recently. No longer the long queues at Timor Telecom that cost a fortune and fail! No more getting on the motor bike or into the car or walking up the hill and down and back again, Egy can email as he said in the subject heading of this email "from my desk"! We look forward to seeing the photographs soon. Thanks to Emanuel Braz and all at the International Centre for Journalism and the Friends of Suai who have helped make this dream come true. ( I hear USAID paid for it.)
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Suai Media Space Challenges the Digital Gap

February 25th, 2009 jen Posted in Challenging the Digital Divide, News Comments Off on Suai Media Space Challenges the Digital Gap

Global Voices On-line has published an interview with Jen Hughes the writer and documentary-maker behind a our social media project and Suai Media Space in English and Indonesian . Check it out! We are very happy because it is growing our audiences and that is the dream of the youth of Suai - to have their voices heard all over the world. ENGLISH: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2009/02/15/east-timor-suai-media-space-challenging-the-digital- INDONESIAN:  http://id.globalvoicesonline.org/2009/02/134/
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Update on Broadband for Suai

October 3rd, 2008 jen Posted in News, Update on Broadband for Suai Comments Off on Update on Broadband for Suai

At a meeting of stakeholders initiated by the Friends of Suai and held in Suai in August, Emanuel Braz representing the International Centre for Journalists is reported as saying that ICFJ were not setting up a new Regional Media House in Suai. The ICFJ were aiming to support the Youth Media Centre (YoMaTre) to operate as a media house for international journalists in addition to supporting its current activities. Ergilio Vicente, (Co-ordinator of the Suai Youth Centre) who oversees and manages staff of YoMaTre, reports that "the presence of ICFJ is also to provide Internet access to YoMaTre (at the Youth Centre) and the Community Centre, (the home of the Friends of Suai management and activities in Suai)." Read the rest of this entry »
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