HELP HIM, HELP THEME: A message from Will
Myself and 5 Bangladesh community members are all out of jail on bail and very happily! There will be a court hearing on Wednesday the 5th, after which we will know the charges and potential progress toward a trial.
A brief summary of the news on the topic can be found here: http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/?articleID=2000084855&story_title=ngo-accused-of-supplying-illegal-tender and Information about the program can be found here: http://koru.or.ke/bangla
Below are areas where your support will really help:
-Technical assistance- sending emails to myself and our lawyer explaining that the Central Banks of several countries allow and even support complementary currency schemes similar as the Bangla-pesa voucher. Also that such systems do not threaten or destabilize National currencies or economies.
-Legal assistance - contacting lawyers who could, technically, support our lawyer in Kenya, Leonard Shimaka email@example.com
-Media assistance - Given that we are no longer in jail - I have been advised to wait to address media issues until after the hearing to avoid potentially making matters worse.
-Financial support - should this case continue, support in this area will be very important.
The results from Bangla-Pesa were actually quite wonderful - although now cut short. We hope present them for the ISS CCS conference in June. Sadly, I will most likely at this point not be able to attend, as my passport has been taken by the court. On behalf of myself, my wife, our 6 week old daughter and our families, as well as the whole community of Bangladesh Kenya, thanks so much for everyone's support on this. We are very hopeful that it will set a positive precedent for poverty reduction programs in the future.