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    How to help starving children ?

    Providing rabbits (or substitutes) to families in need

    The Challenge: A schoolmaster at Nakuru school, Kenya found out that children did not come to school because they were starving at home.
    The Solution: Along the vegetables garden, he built a rabbit nursery, taught children how to take care of the rabbits and gave a couple of rabbits to each family ,more

    How to grow food in urban environment ?

    Green walls

    Much material regarding green walls has been developed during the Connectedness and Leadership Course. More later.

    How to teach children to purify water ?

    Biosand filter

    JOEL OMINO SECONDARY SCHOOL, KISUMU , KENYA


    The challenge
    Students were suffering from water born diseases caused by drinking unsafe water in the school and at home. This affected their learning in school and regular duties as well as faced with huge medical bills.

     

    The Solutions

    Students were trained on how to make and maintain Biosand Water Filter. They were able to pass this knowledge and skill to the community.

     

    Results

    Students and members of the community are now able to attend school and their regular duties with less or no disruption caused by water born diseases and at the same time access safe drinking water at a cheaper cost and less or zero medical bill.

     

    Visit of the President of Kenya
    President of Kenya H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta listens to the students explaining how the Filter works and even tastes the water.

    How to help children refugees coming from conflicted areas

    Nurturing the spirit of childhood in conflict and war striken areas

    The Challenge: children who have been traumatized by war and conflict
    The Solution: A pre-school teacher from Switzerland developed a way of working with (more)

    What does it take to build a sustainable civilization with modern comforts?

    Open Source is not just software

    Open Source Ecology is a network of farmers, engineers, and supporters that for the last two years has been creating the Global Village Construction Set, an open source, low-cost, high performance technological platform that allows for the easy, DIY fabrication of the 50 different Industrial Machines that it takes to build a sustainable civilization with modern comforts.

     

    The GVCS lowers the barriers to entry into farming, building, and manufacturing and can be seen as a life-size lego-like set of modular tools that can create entire economies, whether in rural Missouri, where the project was founded, in urban redevelopment, or in the developing world.
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    How to lighten houses that are dark even during daytime?

    Build a solar bottle bulb

    The communities who benefit from this idea live in areas where the houses hardly have windows and live in darkness even during daytime. Their solution up until this innovation was to turn on the light bulb and use electricity.

    Alfredo Moser, the inventor of the lamp says:

    It's a divine light. God gave the sun to everyone, and light is for everyone. Whoever wants it saves money. You can't get an electric shock from it, and it doesn't cost a penny.

    Instructions on how to build a solar bottle bulb

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    How to power a family's home ?

    Building a windmill

    At age 14, in poverty and famine, a Malawian boy built a windmill to power his family's home. Now at 22, William Kamkwamba, who speaks at TED, here, for the second time, shares in his own words the moving tale of invention that changed his life.

    To power his family's home, young William Kamkwamba built an electricity-producing windmill from spare parts and scrap -- starting him on a journey detailed in the book "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" and the new film, "William and the Windmill." (more in Ted)

    How to protect the cattle from lion attacks ?

    Solar-powered solution invented by 13-year-old Richard Turere

    Richard Turere, 13, doesn't like lions. "I grew up hating lions very much," says Turere, who is from Kitengela, just south of the capital Nairobi, Kenya. "They used to come at night and feed on our cattle when we were sleeping."

    At the age of 11, Richard decided it was time to find a solution for protecting the family's cows, goats and sheep from being eaten by lions.

    "One day, when I was walking around," he says, "I discovered that the lions were scared of the moving light."

    He started to work on a system and despite the fact that had never received any training in electronics or engineering, he came up with a simple and low-cost system to scare the predators away. He arranged a series of flashing LED bulbs wired to switches and a car battery powered by a solar panel. It worked, since then his family has not lost any livestock.

     

    "One thing that's unique about Richard is that if you give him a problem, he'll keep working at it until he can fix it," says leading Kenyan conservationist Paula Kahumbu. "He doesn't give up; he doesn't find things too difficult; he's not afraid of being unable to do something and I think this is why he is such a good innovator."

    More details on CNN

    How to face drugs, alcohol, violence and child labor in a slum ?

     Musical instruments made from trash

    In the barrios of Paraguay, a humble garbage picker uses his ingenuity to craft instruments out of recycled materials - and a youth orchestra is born. Music arises and children find new dreams.
    A heartfelt & moving story of how instruments made from recycled trash bring hope to children whose future is otherwise spiritless.

    How to heat a room for little money

    Pots​

    Using 2 or more clay pots of different sizes, a metal cake pan or bricks and small candles.

    This awesome idea works on convection, which is accomplished by the air moving around between the two clay pots. This helps create a forced air effect which pushes the hot air around the room. 

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