Communication is a big challenge in South Sudan. There are no land lines. Cell-phone networks are just arriving, and those networks work in limited areas. Satellite phones work, but are expensive to use. Computers are just arriving in the larger towns. Most providers are charging phones and computers with gasoline-powered generators. We're going solar. On this trip, we started our computer lab with one laptop, one modem, and instructions to our field manager on how to send e-mail. And we got to blog from Yel's compound!
Our field manager's house, with the solar panel for charging his satellite phone. The front room of his house is made of woven straw. It's nice and cool inside, and it's easy to make an opening for a power cord.
Blogging in front of the women's house in Yel's compound.
In the shade house we used, Ron shows Yel how the satellite modem works.
A satellite modem has to be outdoors to receive a signal. It is important to keep the goats away from the modem and the solar-powered generator. Yel is buying a table for the setup.
We got everything to work. Lisa is blogging in the shade house.
It's fun to blog outdoors at night, but it's important to keep the bugs out of the keyboard.