The advent of Camara-Zambia has brought about a lot of change in Zambia, through the education system and society. This has been verified by an M & E survey that was done on the Camara beneficiaries who testified about the good things that Camara education has come with. Apart from the computers and education packages the Zambian people have been greatly inspired and motivated from the work that has been accomplished. What seemed to be a phase in their lives brought about an everlasting impact to wherever it spreads. Even our volunteers have assumed a new sense of leadership and responsibility which is manifested through social and work related interactions.

Below is a response from our volunteers as well as the students and teachers of schools which are Camara recipients;

JOHN CHISEFU – Kitwe College of education Lecturer

Kitwe College of Education is a partner with Camara Zambia, the college welcomed Camara Zambia in opening up an open source hub in 2009. We talked with the lecturer who is part of the ICT committee of the college.

Camara Zambia: How useful have the computers been to your institution?

John Chisefu: The impact has been very useful, because technology is becoming globally essential and we should accept the changes as an institution of higher learning.

Camara Zambia: Would you recommend Camara-Zambia to other schools lacking in ICT tools? If yes Why?

John Chisefu: Yes because I have seen what Camara has done. It introduced us to computers and the open source operating system (Ubuntu Linux). The students have benefited greatly, as well as the relationship between this college and other schools have improved due to the usage of ICT tools.

Camara Zambia: Do you face problems with the Linux operating system?

John Chisefu: Not me personally, I think if you have an interest you shouldn’t have a problem.

Camara Zambia: Do you feel ICT’s are affecting the environment negatively or positively?

John Chisefu: Yes positive impact except for deciding on how to dispose of this potentially hazardous waste. I like Camara’s recycling system. But only few Zambians are able to dispose the computers correctly.

ALDERMAN PATRICK TEMBO – SCHOOL MANAGER MAMA MONTY, a school recipient of Camara Computers

Mama Monty is a basic school situated in Kiwte with approximately 4,000 students ranging from grade 1 -9. The school received 25 computers from Camara Zambia, and have since opened the lab to its pupil. Elderman Tembo is the principal (head master) of the school and below he shares his experience.

Camara Zambia: How useful have the computers been to your school?

Alderman Tembo: Very useful, I believe all courses in the future will need computers. It is good to expose these students to computers at a tender age; they will require these skills in higher education and industry work.

Camara Zambia: How are they being used?

Alderman Tembo: Members of the community, staff and children are all using them.

Camara Zambia: How do you feel Camara-Zambia has helped your institution?

Alderman Tembo: Camara has provided these students access to ICT that they otherwise would not have because of the poverty in this area. We are starting to emphasize the importance of ICT but it is difficult with 4,000 students and only 25 computers.

Camara Zambia: Would you recommend Camara-Zambia to other schools lacking in ICT tools? Why?

Alderman Tembo: Yes, in fact we have already been on record with the media to support this organization so that it spreads. We have even ordered more computers ourselves.

Camara Zambia: Do you face problems with the Linux operating system?

Alderman Tembo: Not really, just simple breakdowns that are easily repaired.

Camara Zambia: Do you feel ICT’s are affecting the environment negatively or positively?

Alderman Tembo: Positively, for example playing games that help the students learn as opposed to getting into mischief.

Interviews with Camara Zambia volunteers

Camara Zambia: How do you feel Camara affects your life?

Douglass: It has really affected my life because before I came here I never used to do anything. I had a lot of interest in computers but thought I could only have access when I go to big institutions or when I pay money. It never crossed my mind that an organization like Camara existed where you can learn. And now I know a lot that I didn’t know like how to assemble a PC, working with application software even my friends when they have a problem with their computers they come to me to check their Pcs,  it has really affected me positively with the skill that I have acquired.

Camara Zambia: How do you feel you have benefited from Camara?

Chishimba: improved my social interaction skills, as I now have improved my interaction skills.

Royd: Giving me something to do while earning some knowledge and I’ve been able to educate others while working at Camara so it’s really a big achievement for me

Douglas: Learning about computers I know how to install software and how to work with applications software how to come about on the internet and now I’m connected to facebook, chatting online with friends. I’m even able to assemble and refurbish a computer.

Camara Zambia: What do you think has been the most positive impact on society from Camara?

Chishimba: It has given many schools a chance to move with the world, I mean that it has given an opportunity that is good through learning about technology and everything.

Douglas: Helps people who do not have the privilege to go to school. With Camara those who are interested can have access, it’s really amazing that it really costs you nothing and a lot of people are just discovering Camara now.

Camara Zambia: How do you feel you have impacted society or your community through your work here?

Chishimba: I have played a role in insuring that almost every child in Zambia has access to a computer for at least a limited number of hours in a week

Royd: I feel very proud because by simply educating one teacher it means I’m educating thousands so my work is very important at Camara for those that are computer illiterate to know computers.

Douglass: chat with my friends about the health talks that we have and educate them about HIV and STDs also about ICT. Sometimes I take time to explain to my friends what ICT is and what a computer can do and how vital it is to know a computer nowadays.

Camara Zambia: Are you happy to be with Camara? Why?

Chishimba: yes. It’s more like my home, or my social place, this is where I interact with others I have met a lot of good friends and know a lot of good people here.

Musonda: I’m very much happy to be at Camara because I’ve learned a lot of things not only about computers but also interacting with other people because this is like a meeting place so I think I’ve learned a lot.

Douglass: I’m very happy after all I smile even in my dreams. I wished I slept here, I can say it’s the happiest moments of my life, it’s a dream come true at Camara. It just opened my eyes I don’t know why I didn’t hear about it before it’s a pity I just found it now. I wish I would have know when it opened because it gives me 100% access to computers, like here there is internet, I’m able to read at my own time, I can ask any questions that come to my head so it’s really good that Camara has worked out. They should keep on doing this, they should keep on funding because Camara needs more facilities and more hubs in other parts of the country. So this is a privilege because it’s really happening it’s not a joke. People are really being helped like myself, I’m a big testimony at least it has given me a start in my life it’s a stepping stone to another way of life, before I found it difficult to look for employment but now even my CV has changed because I’m able to work with programs and assemble computers. They have really put a smile on my face I’m very proud of it and its building my confidence I feel like I’m someone in society.

Note: This interview was carried out by the marketing department of Camara Zambia in sharing experiences since it opened the hub in 2009