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Posted on Nov 21, 2012 1:59:37 AM PST
Alina says:
One thing that I've invested not-for-profit money into is:

https://www.thepowerpot.com/

It generates electricity to recharge electronic devices through boiling water. It will be a boon to the third world and will even be useful to the first world under circumstances such as the Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria, Australia and the recent superstorm on the East Coast of the U.S. Every home that may suffer a loss of electricity should have one. And you should donate one to someone in the third world as well.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 1:32:12 AM PST
The most important thing is these kids are getting a chance to read that they really never had before. If they had access to any books at all it was 1 or 2 on something obscure. If you have a minute and are a booklover and care about kids learning to read go to " worldreader.org" and check out what they are doing. If you love to read and love your Kindle I think you'll find it's very cool. See for yourself!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012 8:44:34 PM PST
"Internet and other technologies have FAR larger importance in developing countries along with military requirements in the budgets of those countries - I suspect there is a significant correlation between those two."

Doesn't seem at all unreasonable, since the original concept and early construct of the internet was within the military :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012 6:31:07 AM PST
Just Peachy says:
The article explains about this.

Kindles have become increasingly affordable, the battery-life can be as long as a month, and they are easily recharged using wind or solar energy. Since they use cell-phone networks to operate, which are already omnipresent even in the remotest parts of Africa, they don't require new infrastructure in the schools. And the kids can read them outside, even in the brightest sunlight.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=amb_link_365909982_2?ie=UTF8&docId=1000843091&nav_sdd=aps&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-B2&pf_rd_r=1P47DT6XV7TTPAN4ZZ3R&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1420466542&pf_rd_i=507846

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012 6:23:14 AM PST
Dog Lover says:
I don't doubt it at all. (I do wonder about the ISPs involved and the reliability of unbroken signals.)

Internet and other technologies have FAR larger importance in developing countries along with military requirements in the budgets of those countries - I suspect there is a significant correlation between those two.

DL

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012 6:19:47 AM PST
Yes, many developing nations realize that lack of education is a major cause of poverty and that providing affordable Internet access, and thus access to information, will provide exponential returns for people's quality of life. I met a man in Africa just this year who had to ride a bus or catch another ride into the city in order to charge his laptop. He probably had a USB dongle to connect to the Internet at home, even though he had no electricity. The more you know...

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 10:56:13 PM PST
CBRetriever says:
3G - most of the developing nations are going straight to cell phones w/o every having had land line capability - a wifi hub in a small town and all the kids could download books plus a lot of these areas use solar power or bicycle power or some way of generating energy for short periods of time (enough to charge the kindles and power the wifi spot)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012 8:50:06 PM PST
Captain says:
Hey, that's what is says, don't blame me. May not make sense but it sounds nice, just don't think about it too much.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 8:42:22 PM PST
Lettuce Prey says:
So high tech infrastructure but no library books? Somehow I doubt that. Just having electricity to charge the Kindles would be surprising, but internet?

Initial post: Nov 19, 2012 8:35:00 PM PST
Captain says:
This is a topic on the Amazon homepage.

"We are working in a part of the world where there are no books," says Susan Moody of Worldreader. "With Kindles, you go from empty libraries and children unable to get their hands on reading material, to suddenly being able to carry a library around with them in their hand."

What's even more interesting than their having Kindles is that they have internet in these remote places. How cool is that.
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