Please find a small sample of the hundreds of
letters and e-mails we are continuously getting from
around the world. We are thankful to the many enthusiastic
persons who wrote these messages. Your moral and logistic
support makes this project possible. For editorial reasons
some letters or e-mails have been shortened.
Your feedback is needed to demonstrate to development
agencies that this library is important, and that it
should be distributed free of charge to many NGOs in
developing countries and expanded to 3000 to 5000 essential
books. So please send us an e-mail describing the practical
use of this Humanity Development Library in your country
to : firstname.lastname@example.org or simply by writing a letter
to the address below. Thank You.
I wish to acknowledge with thanks the receipt of the
three sample Cd-Roms. Once more, congratulations for
this great project.
I am really excited about it as I believe it
would go a long way in solving the problem of acute
shortage of books and journals in Nigeria and Africa.
Of course I again assure you of my organisation's collaboration
(i) We like to work with you in developing cds containing
Nigerian academic publications (complete bibliographies
from journal, books of international interest, theses,
(ii) Promotion of the CD in Africa - for this, we are
already preparing an announcement to be mailed to African
Universities (we have over 300 addresses already). Similarly,
we are preparing a handbill and a poster to be sent
to students and staff of all tertiary institutions (Universities,
Colleges of Education, Colleges of Technology, Polytechnics,
etc.) and research institutes in Nigeria to come over
and consult the cd in our library.
(iii) Distribution - we shall need 300 CD's to be mailed
to different places. On this, I have been able to resolve
the delivery to us that we discussed in our last e-mail.
You can send to me each time as many as 1.2kg will contain
Professor M.A.B. Fakorede
Delaware Institute for Computer Sciences, Nigeria
Thanks for the CD-ROM that I received last week. That
is great. You have really done so much.
Please, can you send me another copy for my University
library at Imo State University, PMB 2000 Owerri, Nigeria?
We will try and make our contribution to the great
work you have done and are doing. IT IS REALLY A
TREASURE OF KNOWLEDGE AGAINST POVERTY! Thanks.
Dr. Theo Chidiezie Chineke
Visiting Nigerian Scientist
Institute of Atmospheric Physics
Chinese Academy of Sciences
User Type: Community Development
I am happy to write that I received the 3 CD-ROMs last
week. This putting me in a better position of assisting
my community with whatever knowledge I gained through
Equally, I hope to communicate you in due course regarding
any information that can benefit the world at large.
Thank you for that favorable response.
Muhammed Abdul-Kabeer Ayofe
User Type: Education
I was informed about your organisation from a friend.
I saw some of your materials (cdrom) and I love it.
I will like to request for such useful information about
sustainable development in Africa, especially the sub-saharan
part, like Nigeria.
I will also like to request for other journals and
publications about the prevailing challenges in Africa
and the probable solutions. I am an Undergraduate student
Thanks for your anticipated cooperation.
Adepoju, Olaoluwa Opeoluwa
P.O.Box 4929, Dugbe Ibadan
May the peace of the lord guard your hearth and mind,
May the joy of the lord be your strength
As you commit yourself to excellence
In your service to humanity.
User Type: Community and Rural Development
I saw your library CD in the hand of a friend. I
find it very useful.
It contains a widespread of basic knowledge that
is needed almost in every facets of life particularly
for community development in rural areas. In fact I
can say it most useful in less developing areas.
I would be grateful if a copy of this CD can be sent
User Type: Education, University
Dear Human Info NGO,
We have installed the Food and Nutrition Library
which a student passed to us in about 150 College Computers
already. We will do the same with #1-4 when we receive
We work mainly in the rural areas where there are no
banks, euros, or dollars or mastercard transaction.
We count on Human Info NGO consideracy to send to us
a copy or two each, and free of unavailable foreign
The Human Info NGO CD-ROM series is the most efficient
poverty -and- diseases abatement invention this century.
Chimdindu Eben Osuagwu,
Environmental Sense Project (NGO). Abia State, Nigeria
Director of Projects.
User Type: Management, University
I will like to acknowledge receipt of some digital
libraries on CD-ROM from your organisation and I am
impressed with what I saw.
I will want to become a distributor node in Nigeria
and will want to know what is involved. Thanks.
Management Information Systems Unit
University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria
User Type: Health, Education, Library
Thanks you very much for the CDROM you sent us,
the medical library, in fact it was really a great benefit.
Even to our medical student and Lecturers and because
of the value, we have to donate it the community health
coordinator. Besides we are really in need of
such health CD-ROMs .
Kindly send us ten copies each of any type available.
Thanks hope to hear from you soon.
Dr Alfred Egedovo
President, Global Information Club
Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria
User Type: HIV\AIDS, Reproductive Health
Thanks a great deal for certain CD-ROMs I got from
the Organization. I don't know how to say thanks for
that wonderful favour. This really shows your org's
committment to human development, especially in the
The materials shall be of invaluable support and
use in my work. The pressing work I have on my hands
have to do with providing Information, Education and
Communication for Behavioral Change Sexual and Reproductive
Health (HIV\AIDS) challenges in my society. I will therefore
appreciate your helping me any CDROM on HIV/AIDS
containing global facts and figures on HIV/AIDS and
Thanks for your kind response.
P.O. Box 20468, Ibadan, Nigeria.
User Type: Health, NGO
Dear Dr. Michel Loots,
Thank you for the nine CD ROMs, it is being put to
proper use. We wish to offer our selves to serve as
one of your non-profit distributor and library development
in Africa. This is because of our many years of
It may interest you to know that we are in close contact
with institutions and can arrange to translate text
to local languages. We would like to know how you
could help, please. Looking forward to your confirmation
Francis F John, Help Old People, H.O.Pe. Africa, Abuja,
User Type: Good Governance, NGO
Dear Dr Loots,
Thank you for the package, we receive it some days
back and we found the content of the CD-ROM interesting
and loaded with vital information.
For this reason we would like to be in your network,
include our mailing address in your mailing list and
we would be asking you for facts and figures we may
need in the future. Dr Loots on the issue of distribution,
we would be glad to be in your distribution chain of
the CD-ROM. As a matter of fact we would like to be
your official non-profit distributor in Nigeria and
the region, if you don't mind, Please forward me with
the detailed information on the CD-ROM distributorship
Director, Centre For Good Governance and Citizenship
Ota Ogun State, Nigeria
User Type: Health, Nutrition
I am a Nigerian nutritionist involved in community
based activities. I received a copy of the Food and
Nutrition Library 2.0 along with the latest edition
of SCN News.
The library has been of tremendous help to me and
a number of my colleagues. We appreciate the work
you are doing and thank you for the efforts. I would
like to order the other CD ROM Libraries produced by
you: World Environmental Library 1.1 - Food and Nutrition
Library 1.1 - Medical and Health Library 1.1 - Africa
Collection on Transition - Community Development Library
2.0 July 2002 edition
I can distribute copies to other partners/ NGOs that
would find them useful.
Dr. O. Olubajo, Chief Scientific Officer
National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Jos,
User Type: Health, Hospital
I wish to gratefully acknowledge receipt of 3 CD-ROMs
sent to me from your Organization. It's really wonderful
that a body like yours is doing such a good job of
assisting resource-poor regions of the world.
Once more, THANK YOU!
Dr. Charles O. Foss
Delta State, Nigeria
User Type: NGO
Dear Dr. Loots,
Acknowledgement and intent to set up a non-profit distribution
and library development network in Nigeria.
I gratefully acknowledge the receipt of three CD-ROMs
(i.e., Community Development Library for Sustainable
Development and Basic Human Needs; Africa Collection
for Transition (ACT) from Relief to Development; and,
UNAIDS library of current documents).
Your effort, through Humanity Information Projects,
in providing a continuous education base to people by
producing a complete low-cost CD-ROM library of essential
books, is quite profoundly commendable - to say the
least. Well done! Sir.
I resolvedly express my intent to become an official
non-profit distributor and library development contact
here in Nigeria. ...
User Type: Education
I received the parcel you sent to me which contain
some CD Rom library, I am very delight for your kind
gesture, and the interest you have on the people of
developing countries like ours, may God continue to
help your organisation.
I have also accept the offer to be part of your distribution
project, I would copy the libraries as required to
as many as needed it. I will also use this opportunity
to solicit for your organisation to include my address
in your mailing list for distribution of updated CD
Rom, new publications and books in my mailing address.
Once again I say thanks to you and the entire human
info NGO, God bless you all.
Makanjuola sina, Ekiti State, Nigeria.
User Type: Education, NGO
This is to congratulate for the effort you put into
producing this valuable information base.
It is a virtual library that every development practioner
needs to have. I had the opportunity of looking at the
content and explored some in detail. This happened at
a resource centre set up by a DFID programme.
I have been wondering how I can obtain a copy for use
by the organisations we work with. If it is possible
to send one of the disk, we would be grateful. Keep
your good working going and do not hesitate to put us
on your mailing list. Looking forward to your response.
We have received your CD-ROM and the last update. We
are very grateful. It is very helpful.
We could use it in following ways :
What we would have like to have included, if possible
- how to make a rainwatertank /- different ways
- different types of waterfilters
- how to construct a rabbit pen / keeping rabbits
- different types of waterpumps
- information about avocado-oil production
- tasks of councillors
- marketing/ exporting handicrafts
- the drawings are generally very helpful
- different types of loaning procedures to smallscale
bussiness in different countries, evaluation?
- how to make new/ better designed products (metal/
- more drawings
We are currently skillupgrading our carpenters at Sagana
Technical training Institute/ It would be of great help
for tehm as well to receive your CD-ROM.
Thank you very much for your kind assistance, Yours
SAGANA ARTISANS ASSOCIATIONS, Sagana, Kenya
User Type: Micro-enterprise
Dear Dr. Loots,
I am writing to you from Kenya and would like to express
thanks for your Community Development Library CD Roms.
I am a volunteer working with a community in a rural
part of Western Kenya and the information on the
CD Roms has given us a lot of assistance in our projects.
In particular, the information on the CD-Roms has
added value to the community's chicken farms, rabbit
farm, composting projects, beekeeping, water and sanitation.
Currently, the CDs are assisting us with our plans to
develop a bakery and biogas.
We are also in the process of renovating the community's
primary school and trying to raise some funds to construct
a library to house over 1,500 books that have been donated
for the school children. If funds allow, we will add
a solar panel and computer so that the villagers can
access the information on your CDs.
Should you have any suggestions or additional information
that may assist in our efforts to educate the children
and community in their development and efforts to rise
above the poverty line, I would be grateful to receive
an email from you.
Thank you again for your efforts.
Thank you for the nice work you are doing in promoting
libraries and resources centres in our continent. ...
FADECO is a local NGO that is working to promote sustainable
and grassroots development. Our facility now has over
300 titles of books on development subjects. We are
trying to expand our resource library but are constrained
by a number of factors.
The issue of a resource facility is very crucial in
rural development. The costs of printed material
is so high that we find it difficult to access very
important information. The establishment of such cd-rom
technology would be most welcome.
Director FADECO Tanzania
User Type: Social Services, NGO
Thank you for the 3 CD Rom, I have received and the
invitation letter to join this noble work. We are
going to share this information with other NGOs which
have similar activities and services to the people.
We are also interested to became your Agent distributor
in Tanzania and if possible in East Africa. (Tanzania
Kenya and Uganda). Looking forward to hearing from you
soon and thanking you again for the information sent
Elisha Sibale, Executive Director
The Good Samaritan Social Service Trust.
User Type: HIV/AIDS, Church
Dear Dr.Michel Loots
All in all these cdrom are very helpful for my work
in many aspect all cd made me an up to dated
man and gives me so many technical and skills
of adressing AIDS problem. For the issues concerning
AIDS and other related issues me and those whom I
help by copying this CDROM on the harddisks computers
are with the rest of the global movement
Thanks for the massive low cost vaccination campaign
v/s lack of knowledge.
I'm sure you have a lot to share with us. Together
we can win & we care and share
HIV/AIDS programme Coordinator
Catholic Diocese of Mbulu
User Type: HIV/AIDS, Library
Dear Dr. Loots,
We acknowledge, with thanks, receipt of your letter
overturing for cooperation in opening and running
CD-ROM Libraries in Tanzania and Southern Africa Region
in general. We have been fascinated and greatly impressed
by the concept.
Our organisation "KUMMUTA" primarily established with
the aim of helping youths to defeat the vices of poverty
through engagement in various socio-economic activities,
currently operates an HIV/AIDS Prevention and Counselling
Library. While this library is disseminating
information and education on the killer-disease AIDS,
we are now enticed to expand and diversify its curricula
so as cover all possible subjects as higher learning
as proposed by you.
Establishment of this new library branch, however,
will require your close cooperation with us. We therefore
request you to give us all details that embed the establishment
of the CD-ROM Library.
KUMMUTA AIDS CONTROL LIBRARY.
User Type: Urban and Rural Development, University
I hereby acknowledge the receipt of Community Development
2.1 CD- ROM a few days ago.
I couldnt believe it, after going though it
and learned the concept behind your plan. Thanks for
your wonderful project to vaccinate this basic human
needs information to developing countries. Professionally
as an urban and rural planner interested in human settlements
development, I count this as a basic massive destructive
weapon for ignorance and poverty that always I dream
It energized me to learn that there are people who
care and full of compassion for us. Your attempts to
bridge information gap between developed and
developing countries for the purpose of eradicating
ignorance and poverty must get fully support by
every one from this end.
I take this opportunity to declare my willingness and
commitment to work with you, after reading your plan,
goals and strategies. I position myself to work on voluntary
basis for the attainment of this goal in my country
Tanzania by distribute CD-ROM and do other aspects.
I received freely; I am obliged to do the same to
other. I want to be part of this mission.
In the meantime I am studying for a postgraduate diploma
in Urban Planning and Management at the University College
of Lands and Architectural Studies. Strategically this
will be my pilot area for vaccinating all pcs
of lecturers and students. In 50 days to come I will
graduate and go back to my employer. My employment position
allow to travel widely and interact with many NGOs,
CBOs and other professional practitioners. Hence gradually
I will spread my campaign to other universities/colleges,
secondary schools and NGOs in Dar es Salaam and wherever
I go I will arrange to do the same.
Thanks again for your plan.
User Type: Health, NGO
I certainly appreciate you for your big donation to
us we truly believe information is power may god bless
your work greatly.
We need more of your CD libraries. We still request
for more free CD's of medical and Health Library, a
world environmental library. We are also ready
to share information & publications through our
By correcting 1-2 books in our weal language for the
benefit of our country & students and we need detailed
information about this programme.
I would like as an individual to co-distribute your
CD-Rom libraries in our community and I can start with
For more information contact us through
Kagoma Community Age Care, Tanzania
I have found the cd-rom useful. I will try to acquaint
other groups with the Project
User Type: Health, Education
My name is Seifu Bihonegn, and I am 25 years old Medical
student at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia.
I have gone through your CD-ROM library for developing
countries, that provides comprehensive information abut
food and nutrition. And I have found that it will be
very important in supplementing my study and day to
So would you please send me a copy CDs entitled "food
and nutrition 2.1 a cooperative project to provide food
and nutrition Information, community development library",
and related materials as soon as possible.
User Type: Health, HIV/AIDS
First of all I would like to thank from the bottom
of my heart for the cd-roms you send to me. I really
appreciate that. And I play my role for the campaign
against lack of knowledge by copying the cd-roms on
our computer center and distributing to others as much
Secondly I will be happy If you send me free CDs related
to HIV and Tropical diseases specifically.
Thank you very much. Warm regards from ETHIOPIA
Nuru Mohammed, Pobox 378, Ethiopia
User Type: Health, Nutrition, Refugees, Government
I would like to pass my heart felt thanks to you and
UN ACC/SCN who recently sent me food and nutrition
It is really a great pleasure to have such an organization
like that of you who works for the improvement of the
lives of poor people in developing countries by devoting
their money, knowledge and time
I was extremely happy when I saw the contents of
the library, which I found that they would be of great
help to my colleagues, my organization and me.
Administration for refugee and returnee affairs
(ARRA) is a governmental organization in Ethiopia
working with the refugees in the areas of health and
nutrition, food distribution, agriculture and education.
Currently there are about 145,000 Sudanese, Somali and
Eritrian refugees residing in nine refugee camps in
Ethiopia benefiting from the services.
There are five coordinating offices in different regions
of the country and a head office in Addis. When I received
food and nutrition library 2.1 from UN ACC/SCN an
idea came to my mind that the library can be installed
on the computer hard disks of the camps so that it can
be utilized by the camp health and agriculture workers
who are living far from many practical information
that would have helped them in their work.
Therefore, I would kindly ask you to send me the following
CD ROMS, preferably six CDs from each or
if not possible at least one from each to be utilized
at head the office and in the refugee camps: Food
and nutrition library 1.1, 400 publications - Medical
and health library 1.1, 210 publications - World environmental
library 1.1, 400 publications - Community development
library 2.0, 1785 publications
I really appreciate your prompt response by sending
the libraries via my postal address above.
Thank you for your assistance and continued cooperation.
Dr. Dejene Kebede
Health and Nutrition Division Head
Administration for Refugee and Returnee affairs (ARRA),
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
User Type: Community Development, NGO
Dear Dr. Loots,
Earlier we had received your CDL 2-0 and now CD- ROM
on ACT, Health Library for Disasters and East African
I would like to say many thanks to you and your
co-workers for sending us several libraries. The information
are very relevant and would help us in implementing
our community development programs. This is great.
Our project officers have been searching for books
to get some information to be acquainted with development
strategies that took them much of their time and money
for travel. Now they have their library full of books
on their desk at their fingertips.
Many thanks again. You are eradicating poor knowledge
of the professionals and making many people to be professionals
of all. Your library is narrowing the gap of poor
know among the professionals. Different professionals
who visit your library can easily understand each other.
We wish that the rich people and the scientists
of our planet worked together on the production of cheap
CD readers (computers) that could reach the poor professionals
in the developing countries. We professionals of
the developing countries are trying to help our people
but seek your heartily support to our development endeavors
that would help to improve the human life in our part
of the plant that we are sharing.
Thank you again for the libraries you sent for us,
we will share them with our poor sister NGOs. I
hope you will continue sending us new and updated CD-ROM
libraries full of books. Your support is marvelous,
please keep up,
God bless you abundantly.
Botossa Kedida - Director Community Development
Promotion Organization (CDPO - NGO)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Thank you so much for the 6 CD-ROMs you sent me. A
dream becomes reality for me! This is just great. The
books written to be used out here finally end up where
they have to be here in the developing countries.
This to a price I would never have dreamed of.
I am here in Africa since more than 15 years and do
development. Some of the books on the CD are in my
bookshelf. They do not look nice anymore because they
have been used in the field. To buy them and get them
out here was expensive. So many times I tried new things
without having a book because I simply could not afford
to buy the books and pay the transport. Often shipping
was almost the price of the book and I had to wait months
until the book arrived or it even got stolen in the
I am now working as the Literacy and Development adviser
with the **Societe Internationale de Linguistique. We
have written material we would like to send you to be
included in a future edition of a CD. We are at the
moment discussing this possibility and you will hear
from us concerning this.
Yours truly, Chris Hochstrasser
User Type: Government
Dear Dr Michel,
I thank you very much indeed for CD-ROMS you sent me.
It is of great interest and value for our association
which aims at promoting development, health, Education
and humanitarian projects in rural communities.
Could you send us also the French version of CDL CD-ROM.
We will be once more grateful to you. Furthermore, I
wish to inform you that I would like to become an official
non-profit distributor and Library Development contact
for my Region. More over I want to know conditions
to translate books into local languages. We can cooperate
I look forward to hearing from you.
M. NLO MANGA Vendelin, Plenitude
Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralization
- East Africa
I have been working in East Africa for the last few
years in the field of solar electricity, setting up
a training centre and helping to build a sustainable
infrastructure for the technology.
So, naturally when I saw your material the various
possibilities of computers powered by solar electricity
came to mind. Indeed, one of my ex-students is now running
a computer in a very remote part of Tanzania powered
by two solar modules. It is certainly viable to do so,
and with appropriate system design and project implementation
it would be a cost effective way to place computers
among organisations in remote rural areas in Africa.
The idea of placing solar powered CD Rom reading computer
hardware and software among key development groups in
the rural areas of Africa could certainly be fruitful
and if successful, have quite an impact.
Centre for Alternative Technology
I have received gratis your cd. I want say to you
that was one of the best things I have seen. For
me it will be very useful, I am a Veterinarian, and
there are many books and articles with relation with
my profession. I could saw that many articles are also
very actual. My wish is that you will have many successes
with your wonderful project.
Antonio Martinho Lopes da Fonseca
User Type: Agriculture, University, Library
I am the Librarian of the Faculty of Agriculture, University
of Ghana, Legon.
I came across a CD-ROM on Food and Nutrition Library,
which I found to be very good CD and beside for students
and Researchers who uses the Faculty of Agriculture
library. Please, I want to find out whether the
library can receive some copies of the CDs. The CD
is a very good one, which contain about 300+ publications.
I hope to hear from you soon. Thank you.
Issah Sumaila, Librarian.
User Type: HIV/AIDS, Reproductive Health, Civil
Your efforts of providing development workers access
to useful library resources, has been well acknowledged.
However, African Youth Development Programmes (AYODEP)
wish to acknowledge the receipt of the CD-ROMs, God
richly bless you and your team.
AYODEP, will like to become your official nonprofit
CD-ROMs library distributor in Ghana, as stated in your
letter. And as from September this year, we will run
a small Resource Center in the Manya-Krobo district
for policy makers, health professionals, mass media
professionals, NGOs, educators, students and trainers.
However, kindly link us to other sources of good materials.
The center will focus on these subjects: all reproductive
health issues (family planning, HIV/AIDS, maternal/child
health, women health), Civil society empowerment, community
development, demography, research reports etc.
Once again thank you and hoping for a very fruitful
Mr. Stephen E.T.Quarshie
African Youth Development Programmes, Odumase-Krobo,
Démocratique du Congo
User Type: Community Development, Documentation
Dr Michel Loots, MD
Nous accusons réception dun don de sept
1 Africa collection for Transition (ACT) ;
1 Food and Nutrition Library 2.1 ;
1 Enseignement Scientifique, technique et Professionnel.
1 UNAIDS library of current documents
3 Community Development Library for Sustainable Development
and Basic Human Needs;
et nous vous en remercions.
Des CD-ROM en notre possession sont utilisés
par plusieurs acteurs locaux de développement
; chercheurs, professeurs, agents des ONG et étudiants
. Chaque personne qui manifeste le souhait de lire un
CD-ROM, le reçoit pour une période de
Nous vous avons soumis notre candidature pour devenir
distributeur volontaire des « CD-ROM librairies
» dans les provinces de Maniema, Nord - Kivu et
Sud-Kivu à lEst de la République
Démocratique du Congo. Au cas où notre
candidature sera retenue, nous vous demanderions de
nous renseigner sur les modalités de distribution
Nous disposons dun ordinateur . Pour permettre
un grand public bénéficier de projet «
CD-ROM Library for Development country », nous
voulons mettre sur pied un Centre de documentation pilote
en CD-ROM pour lequel nous sommes à la recherche
de financement ( 15 ordinateurs, plusieurs CD-ROM, une
photocopieuse, une imprimante, matériel de reliure,
une salle meublée). Nous voudrions également
recevoir le catalogue des CD-ROM disponibles à
Human Info NGO et aux autres organismes en français
dans tous les domaines.
Veuillez agréer, Monsieur, lexpression
de notre considération distinguée.
Pour lAssociation pour le Développement
KALEKA BIBYO BIBE
User Type: Community Development, Health, Civil
J'ai eu votre adresse par des amis, votre adresse et
je suis interessé par les CD Bibliothèques
pour le développement durable et les besoins
essentiels et Medical and Health library pour les besoins
d'une ONG de développement que nous sommes entrain
de créer avec des amis.
En effet, nous sommes des jeunes diplômés
d'université dans les domaines d'Economie,
Droit, médecine et Sciences désireux
d'oeuvrer pour le développement dans notre pays.
Nous serons donc heureux de recevoir par courier postale
ces 2 CD. Nous restons ouvert pour tout autre information
utile que vous voudrez bien nous fournir.
Nos sincères remerciements.
B.P. 13378 KINSHASA I
REPUBLIQUE DEMOCRATIQUE DU CONGO
User Type: Health, Nutrition
I would first convey my sincere thanks to your steemed
I am so impressed after I had seen one of your CD
s it is very interesting to sit and write to you in
reaction of that thanks again for your efforts I am
a public health administrator in Somalia would you
please send me a copy of your CD titled Food and Nutrition
library under this address: Po Box: 56527, Nairobi,
User Type: Health, Nutrition, NGO
from: Nutritionist. Idow Sheikh Ali
I have received the CD diskette of FNL on 20th August.
I interested so much indeed. I was not thinking that
you will be sending such great present of Nutrition
to me, I say you than you so much for this FNL CD diskette.
Again I thank the people who are jointly prepared such
knowledge for the world, Doctors, Nutritionists and
any other persons took part this diskette.
Nutritionist Idow sheikh Ali
C/o. International Medical Corps, Baidoa Somalia
P.O.BOX 67513, Nairobi Kenya
User Type: Health, Nutrition
Food and Nutrition Library
I have enjoyed your Food and Nutrition Library No.
2.1. If you have others please send them to me.
I work with a non profit making organization
and coordinate 30 countries in infant nutrition activities
and the information has been very useful to me but
I am sure you have updates on many of the issues. I
would be glad to get an updated version.
Regional Coordinator, IBFAN Africa
International Baby Food Action Network, IBFAN
P.O.Box 781, Mbabane, Swaziland
User Type: Agriculture, Community Development
Thank you very much for the CDs you sent me. The
material on the CDs has proved to be very useful.
I am doing a degree course in Community Water and sanitation
Services from the University of the North & the
National Community and Sanitation Training Institute
of South Africa by Correspondence and I am in my final
The problem I had was buying of the text books,
they are too expensive and not only that, they are not
available here in Zambia. With those publications on
the CDs you have assisted me greatly.
Oh! I should have introduced myself. I am Patrick Shula
Chileshe, 33 years of age and married. I have a diploma
in Agricultural Engineering. I am working for an Engineering
Consulting firm as an Engineering Technician / CAD Operator.
I am hoping to go for an MSc study in either Water Engineering
& Resource Management or Msc in Hydrology if I can
manage to find sponsorship once I finish my Bsc degree.
I hope to apply to universities in the UK, The Netherlands
and Germany. Hopefully with an Msc I will be able to
contribute to the firm I am working for and the country
as a whole.
Patrick S. Chileshe
network in Afghanistan
Je suis agro-economiste et responsable d'une ONG afghane
( Consultant Afghan Rural Development), actuellement
je suis en formation au CERDI. Par l'intermédiaire des
amis suisses, j'ai appris la nouvelle de votre initiative
extrêmement intéressant, et permettez moi de vous en
En effet, j'ai toujours constaté que la grosse lacune
en matière de collaboration Nord-Sud, concernant le
transfert des technologies, se situe au niveau du manque
de manuel approprié. Je pense que votre projet contribuera
grandement à éliminer cette lacune.
Avec mes remerciements anticipés;
Centre d'Etudes et de Recherche sur le Développement
International (CERDI)- Programme de la Gestion de la
Katha is a registered nonprofit organization. We bring
out books for neo-literates -- children and women. Katha
could be a free/low-cost distribution centre for the
cd-roms. India's fast catching up with the western world
as far as cd-rom facilities are concerned!
I like your confidence in saying "5000 PC's
can guarantee a continuous High School level education
of 60,000 persons." I like it because it is something
Katha actually believes in! We put up one computer in
our learning centre of about 1100 children (working
and siblings of working children). The response
was so great that we got one more. Then (lucky us!)
we managed to get a German funding which allowed us
to buy five more. Now we have a whole centre AND a CD-Rom
AND CDs and
... as I said I totally agree with you!
We are providing continuous education upto school-leaving
level and I do believe we have less dropouts than many
other formal schools in Delhi! Each computer serves
three children of 8-16 years of age, in 1 hour shifts
each. That is, six shifts in each day, 21 children/shift
or 112 or so children/day. Even so, we can get them
to the computer only twice a week, but a good start
and exciting! All this with ONE TEACHER! ...
Now my wish is that we have CDs in Hindi(the local
Indian language here). Most of our kids don't know English
and though they enjoy the CDs, need someone to explain
and translate and help. Any chance that you know of
something like that happening? Maybe Bill Gates is thinking/should
be thinking of something like this? In case you know,
cld you please let us know? We'd happy to contribute
whatever we can!
Executive Director KATHA A/3 Sarvodaya Enclave
Aurobindo Marg New Delhi 110 017 INDIA
Thank you so much for sending the CD of the Development
Library for sustainable development and basic human
needs. I found it very informative and useful. This
would be of immense value to us in developing research
programmes to achieve sustainability in rainfed
farming systems of arid regions.
Regional Research Station
Central Arid Zone Research Institute
Pali, Rajasthan, India
Field of activity: Education
Greetings. I acknowledge with thanks the receipt
of your kind CDs sent to me at free of cost. I am very
sure that these CDs will be immensely helpful to me
as well as to my scholars to carry out our research
works. I am extremely happy to help you in any way as
you please. I have herewith attached my CV for your
kind perusal and consideration in making use of my services.
Dr. N. Balasubramanian
Director UGC Academic Staff College
COIMBATORE 641 046, Tamil Nadu, India.
Field of activity: Education (Library &
Dear Dr. Loots,
Thank you very much for sending the CDs and that's
a great job done. Immediately I have shown the CDs in
the Industrial Training Centres and Schools who have
shown great interest in these CDs. I also have close
contacts with GTZ who are also interested in developing
community training centres for school dropouts and in
the process of setting up facilities for short term
training in the remote areas.
I am very much interest in acting as national distributor
for these CDs as per the directions mentioned in your
letter. Soon I will set up a community library having
computer with these CDs copied on Hard Disk in a slum
area / village in New Delhi and shall inform you about
the progress and response.
The advantages of this project will be spread to other
states in India.
Hope to work closely with you on campaign against lack
My number of friends have agreed to work on this project.
With best regards,
M. Phil (Library & Information Science)
Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications
20 / A4 Sector 18, Rohini, New Delhi-110085, India
Field of activity: Development
We Received World Ecology Report Winter / Spring 2003
and the CD ROM. We thank you for correspondence and
special thanks for the CD ROM Libraries: Tools
to support participatory urban decision making
and Report of the world civil society forum Geneva
2002 It will definitely prove to be grate help
increasing our knowledge. We will like to continue the
same productive relationship with you.
Thank you and your team,
Sri Amit Mishra
MIG-2 Moti Nagar, Post- Sundernagar,
Raipur, Chattisgarh, India
Thanks for all the information.. Provided the CD-ROMs
contain sufficient small business and technology information
they could be used by local chambers and associations
and economic development centres apart from a good number
of NGOs. Yes, it might be possible to distribute (sell)
them from the IEDI. IEDI understands itself as the apex
body for industrial development efforts in Nepal
Rudolf Guthier, GTZ, Small Business Promotion Project
c/o IEDI, P. O. Box 3676, Kathmandu, Nepal
Field of activity: Nutrition, Food Technology and
Thank you very much for sending CD. It is our pleasure
to inform you that we have started that Nutrition Information
and Resource Center, under National Nutrition Programme.
So we are requesting concerning organization to support
or share their publication, CDs Audio-visuals etc. related
to nutrition. In this regards, I would like to request
you and your organization too.
Thank you very much for your kind help and cooperation.
Department of Food Technology and Quality Control
National Nutrition Programme
Babarmahal, Kathmandu, Nepal
You are doing a very good job, and I am saying this
really from the bottom of my heart. Making this kind
of information available to NGOs in developing
countries is so important.
Auka Idzenga - Appropriate technology worker for
a Dutch NGO in the Phillipines
Thank you for your the offer to include IIRR publications
to your list of CD-ROMs. Yes, we would be please to
participate. I think your idea of providing basic libraries
of 2000 -3000 essential books is an excellent one and
... We get participants from as many as 30 countries
on campus in a typical year. We are also linked with
IIED UK and their program for Resource Centres on PRA/Participatory
Learning Assessments, etc. We could put collections
of CDs to good use out here.
Vice president, International Institute for Rural Reconstruction
Thank you for sending the CD-ROM. Two of my "users"
here at NATCCO have seen it so far: one was impressed
with the content relating to IT, the other with that
relating to gender. Already one of our member organisations,
the Visayas Cooperative Development Centre (VICTO),
has requested a copy of the CD-ROM, which raises the
issue of pricing and distribution.
Thank you very much for all your efforts in establishing
the Humanity Project and producing the first CD-ROM.
I hope I can help with distribution and look forward
to the success of the Humanity Project.
Field of activity: Environment, Education
Thank you very much for continuously sparing us
hard copies and CD-ROMS for our use here in our library.
Its been very useful in developing my own teaching guide
for environmental science courses. Furthermore, I am
glad to inform you that it is not only us at the Institute
of Environment that finds it useful but all other students
and faculty from different colleges that come to our
main library, because I have forwarded other materials
to our main library so there will be more people who
can access the materials.
I will appreciate it very much if you could tell me
how i could be your member, so I could access to your
internet mailing and membership database.
On the other hand, please feel free to tell me if how
can I help you and your organization in my own little
Again, thank you very much and more power!
Very truly yours,
ALLAINE T. BAACO
Institute of Environment - State Polytechnic College
San Juan, Aborlan, 5302 Palawan
You have not missed your objective. It is a very helpful
tool for the kind of people you target who are concerned
by or involved in development not only in third world
but throughout the world as it helps combat waste and
create a friendlier environment. I think schools should
have your CD ROM.
If Cambodian TV channels can translate it into khmer
and run weekly programs to teach the public, it will
be a tremendous help to create awareness and provide
basic skills.. I have always said so and everybody thought
I was a dreamer. I am so glad when I read in your CD
ROM that a solar home is quite feasible.
Seametrey NGO network for the reconstruction of Cambodia
Also starting a school network project in Cambodia
I just want to thank and congratulate you for your
very useful initiatives. I refer specifically to
your contacting technical people who can guide you and
clarify to you the feasibility or practicality of your
ideas and further on your contacting the technology
developers and manufacturers to get your application
requirement known to them.
Most of the time that is the last mile so to speak
that many of us are unable to take and hence ideas remain
ideas and never get to full realization or cancellation
if they don't work.
Developing poor countries need people like yourself.
Hope you continue your work and never grow tired even
under adverse conditions and/or indifference.
UNESCO PROAP Library
Field of activity: Environment
Dear Dr Michel Loots
I have just received a copy of the CD titled World
Environment Library. it is indeed a very comprehensive
CD and no doubt is very useful. My name is Sandeep
K Singh and I work as the National Coordinator for a
regional program. I have completed my Masters thesis
(surficial sedimentary facies and heavy metal distribution
in Suva harbour, Fiji). I would like to contribute/cooperate
to the library. I have presented many papers in workshops
on the environment problems in Fiji. Please could you
guide me with this as to how I can contribute to this
good course of sharing information.
I look forward to your response
Sandeep Kaur Singh (Ms)
International Waters Program - Department of Environment
G.P.Box 2131, Suva, Fiji Islands
Field of activity: Education (Library), Development
Dear Dr. Michel Loots,
Thank you for the delivery of the CD-roms. Your
vision - We care and share is quite a noble one.
We ourselves have a reading and a lending library which
serves the entire Galle district. School children, University
students, Community development Organizations, Researchers
and brother organizations make use of the library for
Please send us, information publications (Hard Copy)
related to the NGO field.
Winston De Silva
President - SDF Saviya Development Foundation
24/A, Wewelwala Raod, Galle, Sri Lanka.
Kingdom (Embassy of
Field of activity: Embassy of Japan in United Kingdom
I am Pleased to send you this mail.
I got a free CD of Humanity Development Library 2.2
from a research fellow of London School of Hygiene and
I appreciated your great work which covers very
wide range of the fields.
However, I found it difficult to open the pages with
my Power Book G4 Computer except for .htm extensions.
Do you have any CDs or other way to appreciate your
amazing work with Mac ?
It will be great if you have such alternatives.
Thank you for your attention.
Dr. Shota Inoue
First Secretary & Medical Attache
Embassy of Japan, United Kingdom
London W1J 7JT, United Kingdom
Field of activity: Association of Non Governmental
Dear Dr. Loots,
I received your package with three CDs. Thank you
very much. I have already loaded and started using them.
I must say that I was surprised at your quick response.
It is not normal to receive a call from Belgium. I have
given some thought to your proposal to visit the Caribbean
islands in December. It would be good to have an idea
of what you want to do.
Would you be interested in developing a library for
the Caribbean? This would be a good plank for your visit.
It is only a suggestion, maybe you have other ideas.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Roosevelt O. King
Barbados Association of Non Governmental Organisations
#7, 4th Avenue Belleville
St. Michael, Barbados
- Co-operation Network to the local missions, NGO and
I just received your CD's and they are great I spent
hours reading them. ....
I work with a lot of people who are just able to
make a few dollars a day because they don't have any
idea how to produce or how to create a new way to improve
their living. That why I find your CD a very good action.
After that the next step is to find the way to connect
that huge amount of information with the ordinary people.
I will contact the universities of Panama this week
to see if they would accept to correct the translations
and I will let you know. As soon as I have the web page
ready, I will send you an e-mail.
Oro Verde de Panama SA
In 1997 I have received by GTZ/Germany your Humanity
CD ROM with 700 books. I found this CD ROM very useful
in an remote area like the North West of Haiti where
I am working in a development project financed by GTZ.
Because we do not have regular information here, especially
not Newspapers, Journals, TV and no telefon we are
depending on such information you are presenting on
the CD ROM. A library does not exist in this remote
area and even in the capital Port-au-Prince, library
facilities are very rare. We would like to order
more cd-roms ...
Yours sincerely Hans-Henning Brauer
PISANO / GOPA-Consultants
It is so exciting to discover that there are people
that are working really hard to make a difference in
our world. Thank you for your desire to teach us the
way of self-reliance. ...
What you are doing is the most important thing one
can do to improve the world, by showing people how to
solve their own problems.We are sure that many people
will be benefited by the CDs you are preparing. ...
Thanks for your concern and desire to help
Roney Reis - Manager of CEPAI
The CD arrived in my office today!! It is a record!
I immediatly made an installation of the CD and it is
very easy to install. It contains many information,
but the practice and curiosity to learn will continue
with the work. I would like to say Many Thanks Dr Loots,
because your efforts are the concrete support to the
human solidarity! Congratulations to the cd-rom project
and many many thanks from the Rural areas here in Peru.
Proyecto Cojal Offic en Lima
I'm very interested in your Project, I work for a gobermental
agencie in Mexico known as SEMARNAP, this agencie is
in charge of the environment.
I had the fortune of reviewing the CD-ROM you've sent
to a friend of mine, and all the information you've
gather is very interesting and important, because this,
open the mind of all people to know what is hapening
in their comunities, regions, country and in the world.
This information will permit taking wise and correct
decisions in every social, economic, politic, environmental
or any other spheres, envolving planing programs
or resolving problems.
By this meant, i will like to know, if it would be
factible to introduce your CD-ROM in the TeleCenters
we are installing, in would be great if each of all
the TC would have it. I know that most of the information
is in English but other is in Spanish so I don't think
this would be a major problem and all the Information
will be used in one or another way.
I'm very interested in having your comments about our
project and furthermore the posibility of a cooperation
relationship between us for the exchange of information.
I'll thank you for considering the posibility of having
one of your CD-ROM in each of the TC we're installing.
OCEAN. ANGELICA CANALES LOPEZ.
Dear Dr Loots
We have found the CD-Rom which you sent which contained
previous issues of Boiling Point and Food Chain extremely
good. It would be very helpful if you could sent
us another two copies of the CD-Rom with Boiling Point
and Food Chain included, as it would assist us very
much in searching for information for our technical
ECHO - Network for 3000 development and mission
workers all over the world
Greetings from ECHO, where we have received a grant
enabling us to give away copies of your cd-rom to delegates
to our 4th Annual Agriculture Missions Conference in
November of this year. Last year we had about 175 delegates
from 30 countries attend our conference. In anticipation
of this year we would like to purchase 200 copies of
the CD-ROM from you. We would like to order them as
soon as possible.
I personally am very interested in seeing the response
of our delegates when they receive a disc with such
a large amount of information on it to use in their
work in the developing world.
Technical Resources Specialist
ECHO 17430 Durrance Rd.
N. Ft. Myers, FL 33917 U.S.A.
I will appreciate notify me when the Spanish version
of this CD-ROM be available. I got the English version
and found it very useful to enhance the quality of our
projects in Latin America. If we can have access
to a Spanish version, the benefit would increase significantly.
Thank you very much.
Program Officer for Latin America
World Vision Canada
Thank you for your cd-rom library for Sustainable development
and Basic Human Needs. I have found the cd to be
very useful and informative. It is a very practical
and useful tool.
Program Officer Winrock International
I received a copy of the CD-ROM Library today, and
I am greatly and favorably impressed. It is a real service
to make this widely available.
I discovered quite to my surprise that it not only
includes a couple of things I wrote, but some forty
plus books produced by BOSTID with USAID funding (for
which I was the USAID project officer.) I was delighted!
Could you please provide some information as to how
many copies of the CD-ROM will be distributed, to whom
you plan to distribute them, and what you will charge
if anything. I think my colleagues at USAID would be
pleased to know that the investment is still yielding
benefits in development.
Are additional copies still available, if i recommend
them to others?
Thank you for answering the questions, and more importantly
for the great job you have done. Congratulations!
John A. Daly
Science, Technology and Development
Congratulations for the idea and the realisation of
|"With today's communications capacity,
it is possible to put the basic benefits of scientific
progress at the disposal of the vast majority
of the world's people."
James P. Grant, executive director of UNICEF
in "The state of the World's children 1993"
|"Because of its low cost, durability,
vast storage potential, ease of use, and the fact
that it bypasses telecommunication problems, CD-ROM
seems to provide answers to a number of developing
country difficulties, particularly access to bibliographic
and full text material"
Report of a workshop of the Board on Science
and Technology for International Development
(BOSTID), Held in Nairobi about Science and
Technology Information Services and Systems
|"La réponse à la question de savoir
si la technologie CD peut être un outil de lutte
contre la faim et la malnutrition dans les pays
en voie de developpement est donc incontestablement
Dr. W. Treitz du Centre Technique de Cooperation
Agricole et Rurale (CTA), institué par la seconde
Convention de Lomé par la communauté Européenne
et 69 pays d'Afrique, des Caraïbes et du Pacifique