Post Tagged with "Rising Voices"

Madagascar (the country, not the movie)

Lalah is from the intriguing island nation of Madagascar. Her blog’s name, Dago Tiako, means “I love Madagascar.” Lalah’s posts convey her love for her country and its culture and her determination to show the world the real Madagascar. She writes mainly about Tana, the affectionate name of Antananarivo, Madagascar’s capital, warts and all.

Malagasy footballers
Kids inspired by the World Cup, by Lalah

Not long ago, Lalah and I had this conversation via email:


February 14, 2011 7 comments

Rising Voices is funding new projects

The purpose of Rising Voices is “to help bring new voices from underrepresented communities to the global conversation through the use of citizen media“.

It’s a purpose that we’re pleased to support here at PocketCultures, because we want people from all countries of the world to join our online conversation.

In the past, Rising Voices has funded projects which train new bloggers in places which include Mongolia, Colombia, Yemen and Madagascar. We’ve featured some of those bloggers here on Blogs of the World.

Now, they are offering funding for new projects. Here’s what they are looking for:

innovative and detailed proposals to teach citizen media techniques to underrepresented communities that are poorly positioned to discover and take advantage of tools like blogging, video-blogging, or podcasting on their own

NGOs and individuals can apply, and the deadline is Friday, 4th February 2011. If you’re interested, check the Rising Voices site for full details and how to apply.

Read more:
How to overcome your shyness
Where in the world is Mongolia?
I love Madagascar

January 18, 2011 Comments disabled

Training the Egyptian bloggers of the future

In 1992, a powerful earthquake hit the city of Cairo, in which 370 lost their lives, many more left injured, and even more were left displaced. Out of that tragedy, thousands of residents picked up and started over, settling in an area which is now the neighborhood of Masaken Alzelzal – Alhadba Alwosta (which can roughly be translated to Earthquake Neighborhood), located near the prominent Mokattam mountain. Now, it is a bustling suburb of the Egyptian capital with a growing population.”


November 16, 2010 Comments disabled

How to Overcome your Shyness

Getutza lives in Campulung Moldovenesc, a small, calm town in a mountain region of Romania. She is a timid person who has discovered that blogging can help her overcome her shyness. Here is her story:

Hello Getutza, thank you for accepting to give this interview to Pocket Cultures. What can you tell our readers about you?

I‘m 48 years old. Some time ago I was pensioned for medical reasons, after I had been working as a chemical operator in the lab of a geological prospecting plant. At present, I live alone in Campulung Moldovenesc. My parents passed away and my brother is living in another town.

Getutza in the Ciprian Porumbescu museum


August 12, 2010 11 comments

Uruguay’s school bloggers

Uruguay is one of the pioneering countries in the one laptop per child project. By the end of 2009 every child attending a state primary school had been provided with one of the famous green and white laptops.

Rising Voices wrote about Uruguay’s efforts to educate teachers about the benefits of teaching children to blog, through a project called Blogging since Infancy.

Reading about this project, I learnt that each school in Uruguay has a number. School number 24, in Villa Cardal, started an experimental blog which links individual blogs from each class in the school. If you read Spanish you can take a look here, and if you don’t, have a go at reading it with Google Translate.

School number 153, in Canelones, have been using their colourful blog to give homework, among other things. Spanish version is here, translated version here.

Read more:
More South American blogs from Blogs of the World
The hand of God and other World Cup drama
Is there an easy way to blog in a different language?

July 8, 2010 Comments disabled

An eye on Bangladesh

Every month we feature a blog from Rising Voices, which supports local groups and underrepresented communities around the world in using citizen media to join the global conversation.

Today’s blog is from the Nari Jibon project in Bangladesh and is called Rafiq’s Eye. Unfortunately it’s not being updated any more, but there are some great stories where we can learn more about life in Bangladesh.

In this blog Rafiq shares stories of his life: his mother and his wife and children:

In my student life (specially when I was studying in college and university) I saw many unhappy families, bad relationship of husbands and wives in their conjugal lives that lead me to make decision of not getting married. I really decided not to get married but when I saw Tora (My wife later) I forgot about my decision.

Outside of family life, Rafiq also writes about issues facing Bangladesh such as keeping the Bangla language alive and living through a cyclone.

Too bad we won’t hear more stories from this blogger!

Read more:
More blogs from Bangladesh on Blogs of the World
Which language should I learn?
Henna artist to graphic designer

June 3, 2010 Comments disabled