The N50 project team is collaborating with partners in Zambia to test the concept in an under-served, very poor rural environment. The village selected for the project is Luumbo, in the remote Gwembe district of southern Zambia. Initial surveys have confirmed that the availability of devices capable of internet connectivity are very limited in Luumbo, and very few people there are internet users.The N50 project team is working closely with the local community leaders to pre-plan the roll-out of the technology, provide a Proof of Concept (PoC) for education services and are facilitating the deployment of other services into Luumbo to help meet adult education, health, agricultural and leisure needs of the community.
As of April 2022 the Luumbo, Community Project milestones include:
Deployment of 60 smartphones to individuals, grouped into 15 user groups for collective responsibility
Deployment of 30 tablets + charge carts and associated hardware into the primary school
Deployment of 15 of the Dell laptops (rest to follow, once we see how they are used) plus charge cart for secondary school use
Completed teacher training at both schools (and got them to accept they have to earn the hardware)
Conducted community training (we are pleased to share one of our successful trainings in the video below)
Read our N50 Project White Paper "Digital Adoption: A model for capacity and sustainability in digitally marginalized communities".
The N50 Project has teamed with Virtual Doctors to put their Telemedicine service deeper into rural Zambia where data signals are unobtainable from traditional mobile networks.
Together we have set up a new Clinic in the Luumbo District with our N50 Project software and the Virtual Doctors services which means that much needed healthcare knowledge from the UK is now available to front line Clinical Officers in Zambia.
Going forward we will be identifying other rural communities in Africa where data signals are poor or non existent and deploying N50 and Virtual Doctors services together to improve healthcare for all.