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In the challenge I served as a translator. I facilitated community connector roles for the Amplify program’s Global Conversations project. The many insights brought up in the research phase have given me understanding and confidence that, There are possibilities to make a positive impact on ECD in low income communities through networks. I was opportune to witness how it gradually brought together many people to think and deliberate on ECD challenges and opportunities, linking people in remote villages of Tanzania. The platform has energy and power. How best can we make greater use of the OpenIDEO platform to unleash social capital and resources to improve on ECD in low income communities through nursery and pre-schools?

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The wise said…You Are Because I am and I am because You Are…T.B.Joshua…
The First Lady in Tanzania Mama Salma Kikwete said…“Mtoto wa Mwenzio ni Mwanao Mkinge na Ukimwi”  Meaning that:"… Your neighbour’s child is your child protect it from HIV/AIDS”
Social capital presents itself  with abundant resources to facilitate ECD.  I trust,  that power and bond of family love is great and cuts across all boundaries. It is very strong in  humans. Found in poor and well to do families alike. I read with deep excitement the powerful joy shown in President Clinton’s house ushered by the birth of little Charlotte. Look and feel how deep family LOVE and JOY  in the Clinton’s HEART  was released by the coming of Little Charlotte in the Presidents family
…” Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky Welcome Baby Girl…Charlotte… [Former President Bill Clinton, right, and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, second from right, wave to the media as Marc Mezvinsky and Chelsea Clinton pose for photographers with their newborn baby, Charlotte, after the family leaves Manhattan's Lenox Hill hospital in New York, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/William Regan)]
This is borrowed from KEN THOMAS’ issue of September 27, 2014 7:13 PM on Yahoo. “New mom Chelsea Clinton celebrates baby daughter”  
The WASHINGTON (AP) reported:
Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton say they are "blessed, grateful, and so happy" to become grandparents.
 …Clintons feel 'grandmother glow' ,’ grandfather glow’ from Charlotte”
…as you read lets explore how best can we link this powerful glow for  Charlotte to ECD needs in low income communities.. how best can resourceful families be linked and share LOVE and resources for better ECD in low income areas? 
They declared their joy…”the baby has been eagerly anticipated: and each member expressed deep love and powerful bonding:
1. Grandmother Hillary Clinton:
…. has called the prospect of becoming a grandmother her "most exciting title yet."… Hillary Clinton has called the prospect of becoming a grandmother her "most exciting title yet." She even has picked out the first book she intends to read to her grandchild, the classic  "Goodnight Moon." (I have added emphasis because it reflects issues brought up in the ECD challenge…read a /story to children…)
2. Grandfather President Clinton:
… Said: "Every day I get up and I say, 'You have to remember whose child this is. Do not interfere. Be there when you are welcome. Be loving but not judgmental," Clinton said to laughs in an interview with CNN at his annual Clinton Global Initiative, only days before the baby's arrival.
3.The mother Chelsea:
…"I just hope I will be as good a mom to my child and, hopefully, children as my mom was to me," she said at the time.
All these support the need and potential to make happen many of the ideas shared on the challenge…particularly concepts around ‘social capital’, “total parenting”…look at the …story telling, learning and sharing through cultures and the like…all relevant.
How best can we tap and build on this great family bond and LOVE for children to create much needed synergy into OpenIDEO  network enabling families to share more across cultures and borders?  

The OpenIDEO platform is best placed to play a role. The words in the challenge have SAID it very well “…calling upon PARENTS  to play a crucial role in the Early Childhood Development (ECD) life span It can help build links between communities, organizations and individuals for a common noble mission...

…how best can we link up with such jovial and successful families as the Clintons to hold hands of these children in low income nursery and pre-schools in Tanzania?
OpenIDEO WROTE:   “The first five years of a child’s life are a crucial time — filled with exciting milestones and innumerable roadblocks. Skills, competencies, health, and habits gained in these early years accompany children into adulthood and are the fundamental building blocks for living a full life. Parents and other caregivers play the most influential role in ensuring children have the best possible start in life, but in low-income communities there are substantial barriers to overcome”
How best can we link, coordinate, harness  and share parents excitement and available resources to their disposal to come and link with parents and communities and support them develop to full potentials in low income communities like Msingisi in Morogoro, The Temeke suburbs and for kids with special needs at kilakala in Morogoro municipality in Tanzania? 


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Thanks John for this reflective and inspiring post about your experience as a translator and connector (and thanks for playing this role). Hopefully the ideation phase would provide some answers to the questions you raised. Looking forward to your comments and participation in this upcoming phase.

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Thank you Anne. We hope for a fruitful continuation in these lines