<<February 27, 2000>>

Shahab Khan <Afroz@khi.compol.com>

Ms. Peace Habomugisha <erity@urgentmail.com>

Mazlan Othman <mazlan.othman@unvienna.org>

Victor Kotelnikov <vkotelnikov@unov.un.or.at>

Dear Shahab:

(1) Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT I).

(2) Your application for the Grass Roots Fund of the Japanese government
seems very good -- very much improved from your last one.

The budget range is also fine, but your may need to attach some
evidential materials for your other part of financing which has already
been confirmed.

(3) It is a very good idea to test-use a broadband (3 Mbps) Internet with
spread spectrum, fixed wireless approach, between your Internet Service
Provider (ISP) and your school, if the distance between them is within 5
mile, and if there is a line of sight between them.

(4) For your reference, pls visit <http://www.uta.fi/EGEDL/outline>, and go to


You may also visit;

1. <http://breezecom.com/Solutions/vailstudy.htm>
2. <http://breezecom.com/Solutions/Bonita.htm>

(5) If you have any technical questions, you may ask following person;

Mr. Barry McLarnon, P. Eng.
Project leader, Radio Broadcast Systems
Communications Research Center Canada
2696 Regina Street
Ottawa, Ontario K2B 6Y1
Tel: +1-613-998 5005
Fax: +1-613-993 9950

(6) You may ask Breezecom or Barry the cost of one pair of the units.

(7) I wish you a very good luck.

(8) BTW, when I visited the United Nations/Outer Space Affairs in Vienna on
January 17-18, Ms. Mazlan Othman indicated her strong interest in your
activities. Pls kindly send her some of your hard copy materials.

Dear Peace in Uganda:

(9) Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT II).

(10) How is your application going?

(11) You have not sent me a copy of the guideline and blank application form

I would like to compare your side with the ones of Pakistan -- see:


Best, Tak

From: "Shahab Khan" <afroz@khi.compol.com>
To: "Tak" <utsumi@columbia.edu>
Date: Sat, 15 Jan 2000 21:34:03 +0500

Dear Professor Tak

We have amended the application form as per your advise to make it in line
with the priority areas specified by the Japenese Embassy. Also the cost has
been put within the range Rs.1,7 million.

The area selected by us is baisc job training . However, we have added a cost
component of electronic communcation, which would include radio links from our
site to the other POP site(Construction of towers). This could lay the
foundation for future experimentation of the wireless Internet.

I would apprecaite if you could let me know your observations. Also I would
apprecaite if you could provide me details about the wireless internet and
what hardware is needed for it. Is the radio link through radio modems the
same thing as wirless internet?.

Your kind guidance will be very much apprecaited.


Excerpt from
Grant Assistance for Grass Roots Projects
(AGRP Program) of
The Government of Japan

3. Objective of the project

* Basic job training in computers.
* Use of Information and communication technology as a tool for
teaching to achive affordable , uniform, quality and accessible education
* This project will lay the foundation for creation of a Virtual
University in order to take the education to the doorsteps of the student.

4. Detailed description of the project:

PLANWEL believes that Pakistan needs today a program which will produce
trained people equipped with basic computer skills to make them fit for job
opportunities in the present Information Technology era. The basic job
training would cater not only to new entrants who are at the beginning of
their careers, but also serve as an continuing education program for those
already employed and need to make themselves computer literate/enhance their
skills so that they are suitable for the present day employment scenario.

Vocational Training will be imparted in the following areas:

Computer literacy program: Word-processing, spread sheets, data bases, PC
Hardware and assembly, trouble shooting, and the use of peripheral devices
such a Printers, Fascimile machines, Scanners, Multimedia projectors, internet
telephony and use of internet and emerging communication technologies etc. The
training program will use computer as a tool for making the education
affordable, uniform and expeditious.

To implement the above program, it is proposed to improve and upgrade the
existing educational center at A-1, LCHS, Block 20, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Karachi
and establish an electronic linkage to the other POP site already established
in the suburb of Karachi and similar other institutions.

5. Expected effects of the Project:

Dissemination of affordable basic education, for generating employment
oppurutuinies in the city leading to poverty alleviation and sustainable
development in the region

6. Estimated Population that would benefit from project:

200,000 people residing in the community of Gulistan-e-Jahar, and the North
Karachi area where the POP site is established.

In the Ist phase, Year 2000, we propose to improve the education center and
the POP site in order to promote the basic job training courses (computer
literacy courses)

To: gu-l@www.friends-partners.org
From: erity@urgentmail.com
Subject: Grassroots Projects (GGP) introduced in 1989
Date: Mon, 3 Jan 2000 22:47:25 +0100

Subject: The Monitor, Tuesday, Decembe 21, 1999
Kampala, Uganda

In Brief

Japan gives Shs 122m to Kalangala By Katamba G.Mohammed

Japan has granted US $81,740 (about Shs 122m) to Buvuma Islands Development
Association (BIDA) for a new secondary school on Bukasa Island in Lake
Victoria in Kalangala.

Japanese Charge d'Affaires, Yoshiteru Iida and BIDA chairman, Augustine
Kasirye signed the contract in Kampala, Dec. 17.

The grant is under the scheme of the Japanese Grant Assistance for Grassroots
Projects (GGP) introduced in 1989 to supplement development assistance schemes.

Yoshiteru Iida said GGP has expanded Japanese economic cooperation with a
direct impact at grassroots.

"It aims at providing financial assistance for NGOs and local communities so
that they can carry out their grassroots projects," he said.

Iida said school management and supply of furniture will be the responsibility
of BIDA and the community.

"Kalangala has been forgotten for a long time. We (BIDA) hope to accomplish
the project by mid next year," Kasirye said.

Local MP, Tim Lwanga promised to provide accountability for the funds.

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Shahab Khan
Planwel University
Planwel Institute of Science and Technology (PLANWEL)
A-1, L.C.H.S
Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Block-20
Karachi. 75290, Pakistan
Tel: 011-92-21-811-5851
Fax: 011-92-21-811-6178

Ms. Peace Habomugisha
P.O. Box 16144, Wandegeya
Kampala, Uganda, East Africa.
FAX: c/o 256-41 530 412
FAX: c/o 256-41 541 999
FAX: c/o 256-41 543 895
Email: erity@urgentmail.com

Mazlan Othman
Office for Outer Space Affairs (OOSA)
United Nations Office at Vienna
Vienna International Centre
P.O. Box 500
A-1400 Vienna, Austria
Tel.: (+43-1) 26060-4950
Fax: (+43-1) 26060-5830
E-mail: mazlan.othman@unvienna.org

Victor Kotelnikov
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Office for Outer Space Affairs
United Nations
Vienna International Centre
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A - 1400 Vienna, Austria
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Fax: (43-1) 213-45/5830
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