I hear it asked a lot, in a few different ways. We have the direct, “We want a website.” Or there is the more casual, “We are interested in a website.” And of course, the more inquisitive, “So, what would it take for us to possibly, maybe, in some way, request a bit of your time, to maybe, sorta, possibly build a website?”
Sometimes the requests come from organizations themselves, or sometimes through various volunteers working with organizations. Most of the time however, they come with a level of ignorance about what a website even is. The same kind of ignorance that many Americans have about what a website really is, but here, there are fewer people able to clear it up, fewer people advertising their services in ways that local NGOs or Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) might be aware of, or, most contributively, fewer people doing it for free.
So I pimp myself out as a web developer, or apparently more appropriately a web consultant.
My latest, “client,” is the Likii Water Resources User Associate (LWRUA). Likii is an NGO that is devoted to informing local people about the impact their actions have on the dwindling water resources of the Likii (pronounced like “leakey”) River and catchment area. They also take active steps in promoting projects that help people better use and preserve these water resources. Steps include but are not limited to: building appropriately-drained outhouses, helping install drip-irrigation systems, build and install properly-draining wash stations, promote river clean-up days, and survey the general uses of the river and its current geographic characteristics. They also currently enjoy the service of a fellow Peace Corps volunteer, Gavin (whose blog you find linked-to at right). He’s the one who brought me in for the consulting because the organization is interested in a website.