Cabe, that story about that charity in South Africa sounds alarming but not surprising. I imagine there are a few "charities" or "nonprofits" that take advantage in a similar way, which is a shame but unfortunately sometimes people aren't always doing the right thing. As for my friend, he was there for work--a friend of his set him up with a job overseeing construction of safari camps. He only stayed three months because the work was grueling and it was quite difficult, and he is in his mid 50s and didn't want to put himself through that kind of labor.
Thats really great with all these technologies we can see that how creative and intelligent people we have . And the most interesting thing that i found was the business that the people have started with this technology . Secondly i want to know if this technology is used to charge mobile phones only or it can charge any other chargable device as well.
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On a similar subject - I feel a lot of non-profits are secretly for profit. The people that work them often take a paycheck, or it is their only job. But their salary is part of the NP's overhead. Trips are too. And trips are expensive, as we all know.
I heard on NPR about a charity doing work over in South Africa. It seems to me that they spent a lot of time "traveling around, seeing the country to get a feel for the people's plights." During the trip, he had to eat and sleep places, all on the charity's dime. I think he just wanted to travel. To me, it sounded like a fraud. Especially since nothing came of it.
Yeah, it seems like a really difficult problem to solve with a lot of complicated issues around it, Cabe. A friend of mine just returned from a four-month stint working in Botswana and from what he says, so many things need changing and fixing, and it's very difficult to do things that we take for granted every day.
That's a shame, Cabe, but perhaps one day this idea will be workable because it sounds like a really good one. Although corruption historically is a problem in underdeveloped nations and doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon, unfortunately.
When you need to take the stolen power to one's house a mile away... with no other choice, they will use the barbed wire. I would say using devices like the "bathook" for accessing strung lines is more safe, but where will they find a spool of 6 gauge wire (powerline gauge, USA).
The problem is infrastructure, corruption in the government, desperation. There is no hope, for now.
That's interesting, Cabe. It sounds like a worthwhile project if you could educate people there and show them how to get power efficiently and more legally. It's a shame it's such a desperate situation that they need to steal power off the lines with barbed wire! It can't be safe, either. I think they need the device the German student created to harvest energy from devices and power lines (that spurred such heated debate among our readers!): http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=260486
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