Drupal in Africa

I recently had the pleasure and honour to help rebuild the BDA foundation’s website using Drupal.
I would like to thank Julie Hinse from Comptabilité Carrier who recommended me for this contract.

I was approached with a specific requirement: They wanted to be able to manage their own site and edit the content at will without having to rely on (and pay) a webmaster every time they wanted to fix a few punctuations. They had so much they wanted to communicate to their audience regarding their progress and they wanted it to be easy. Drupal was the ideal choice.
In this contract I acted as consultant where I made various recommendations based on their needs. I did not do the graphic design of the site. I configured the Drupal settings (content types, permissions, views) only. I changed some CSS here and there in order to adjust the layout of some elements and pages based on the review of the first alpha release that I presented them. I then trained someone from their team to be able to manage all the different content of their site. It didn’t require much training because the process is very straightforward.

The foundation's purpose was very appealing to me because of their help to the African people. They currently have a project in the Congo where a team is building a plant-treatment center, the first one of its kind in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. From what I hear it's not an easy feat but the team is stubbornly getting around all kinds of difficult issues and I salute them for their efforts and dedication.

The foundation is currently raising money. Go to www.bdafoundation.org for your donation today.

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Every organization and agency would always prefer to be self reliant in managing not only the day to day operations but also bring in necessary changes in the system without calling for a webmaster. And obviously drupal is very ideal in view of the ground realities of the fragile society and vital role of nonprofits.

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