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As we prepare to celebrate this holiday season with family and friends, we customarily take stock of those things in our lives for which we are grateful. As we count our blessings, we must also take note of what is happening beyond our borders.

Today, more refugees than at any other time in history have fled unimaginable violence and persecution in search of safety and a more promising future for their children. Refugees need support now more than ever. Come join us to make power, communication, and access to knowledge a reality for those that need it most. And let’s consider what we could do more for those who have nothing.

It serves us well to remember that we are a country of refugees and a nation of immigrants. There is no better time to honor the legacy of welcoming the stranger than during this time of sharing and giving. Wishing our Friends and Family a Joyous Holiday filled with Peace, Love, and Prosperity. Best Wishes for a Healthy New Year!

Mike Freni

Kumbaya

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Today is International Women’s Day and as such I would like to honor all the (professional) woman in my life, past and present, who have fueled, organized, and grown the businesses I have teamed up with over the course of my career. These women have enabled my personal and professional growth and have also allowed me to see the world through another’s eyes. For this, and the countless other ways these women enhance our businesses, our industries, our communities, and our lives, I thank them, today, and every day.

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Every year I look back on the biggest challenges that life brings us but also looking at the greatest opportunities what came to us with thanks. Life never hands out things that you can’t handle. How you approach it will determine how you come through the other side. You can assume the victim role and feel sorry for yourself, or you can reach into the essence of who you are and find your inner strength. Then demand the self-worth and ability to rise up and meet your challenges heart on. You need to believe you can do this — you are powerful, you are amazing and you are inspirational!

Today we are giving thanks to all who have been supportive and kept us going from darkness to the ultimate light. From unconnected to be connected. This is just another year I praise to be surrounded by my beloved ones, my advisors and supporters, my team of smart developers and engineers and all those appreciated connections from around the world. Happy Thanksgiving. Thanks for your continued support @Kumbaya

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We all have to recognise that we all have weaknesses. I know I do. But I’m never willing to let them defeat me, or get me down. I have always sought to turn my disadvantages into advantages. For example, my dyslexia taught me to think differently, and solve problems in a unique way.

Richard Branson A to Z of business: W is for Weakness

I became a really good delegator early in life, and learned to find and work with people whose strengths balance my weaknesses.

By surrounding myself with fantastic people, who are brilliant in the areas where I struggle, we’ve managed to grow Virgin into the global group of businesses that it is today.

So instead of covering up your weaknesses and trying to sweep them under the rug, acknowledge them and start thinking about ways that you can use them to really benefit you.

What are you weaknesses?

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Imagine the 600 Million illiterate people living in the poorest, off-grid rural villages and neighborhoods in need of major change. While change began years ago with the proliferation of small home solar systems that provide energy access, today Kumbaya has laid the ground work for accessibility to not only the much-needed power and light, but also to “network connectivity’ that ensures access to the basic necessities to transform illiteracy in to knowledge. At Kumbaya, our focus is developing the technologies to ensure we have a platform that allows our user to acquire the necessary skills and basic education.

Why education? Despite great progress in the last few years, millions of children are still denied their right to education. Restricted access to education is one of the surest ways of transmitting poverty from generation to generation. Education is a vital human right. Every girl and every boy should have the right to a quality education so that they can have more opportunities in life, including employment, better health and the possibility to participate in the political process. At Kumbaya, we believe the most important period to acquire the basics are the first years. This is when we must ensure that children learn to read, count, and acquire the necessary life skills to form the basic fundaments for continued learning throughout their lives.

Children who have access to quality early childhood programs do better in primary school and will have better academic outcomes later. It is vital that low and lower middle-income nations invest more in affordable early childhood programs.

Our Kumbaya connected platform was designed for the most vulnerable and marginalized groups, those who are most likely living in rural off grid communities and affected because of a lack of electrification and connectivity. In most of these areas, the high illiteracy rates are due to non-existent or unsuitable education infrastructure, lack of trained teachers and inadequate learning materials.

We are often asked, “Why is educating girls in rural Africa your emphasis?”

Educated girls and women tend to be healthier, have fewer children, earn more income and provide better health care for themselves and their future children. These benefits also are transmitted from generation to generation and across communities at large, making girls’ education one of the best investments a country can make.

Any form of support is welcome.

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spoonfullEvery day you will be more disappointed by things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. Success comes to those who do not hesitate and wait, but to those who are ready for it. We must act, but also dream, we must plan, but also have a belief. Belief the fact, that failure will defeat losers. But the same failure will inspire the winners. Winners will achieve the goal, to reach success. So, throw of the bowlines. Sail away from the save harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream and Discover. Our warmest wishes for a prosperous and happy New Year

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Powerstorm ESS is a global humanitarian technology company, focused on bringing together people to address critical issues for the benefit of the resource-constrained and vulnerable populations of the world. As such we are dedicated to providing access to power and connectivity to everyone, regardless of economic resources, accessibility, or regional instability, with our fully integrated and comprehensive hybrid energy storage solutions. With support and backing from investments, partnerships, philanthropic organizations, and government organizations, we have been able to build a framework that supports our scalability and sustainability, so that we may provide the power needed by billions of people through the deployment of energy storage solutions. We invite you to join us to expand our outreach efforts.

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motivationINSPIRATION … I aim to inspire those around me to pursue their dreams as I pursue mine.

CREATIVITY … Creative minds working together is what I love most about PowerstormESS. The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team

INNOVATION … Innovation is what excites me in pursuing product development to help changing the lives of those living in emerging and underserved markets.

PASSION… My passion is organizing and leading teams world-class, Dedicated, Brilliant, Creative Pioneers and develop products which make our lives more efficient and sustainable, and bring them to market.

PHILOSOPHY….My philosophy is to “walk-the-talk.” A focus on safety, quality of process and product, and measurable results is paramount and fundamental to creating lasting value for our customers and investors and pride in our team’s efforts and results.

MOTIVATION … Without motivation, I would not be where I am today and continue going.

HAPPINESS … Being kind to others is a fast track to happiness. Giving the helping hand or a ear to listen.

LEADERSHIP…. To me leadership implies moving forward, taking charge, doing something to equip, encourage, empower and maybe even inspire others to join you in doing something different or outright difficult. Success doesn’t stop at the  border, it just starts by crossing.

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logoThanksgiving is a special day to celebrate families and friends we care & cherish. In most of the western world, we are as blessed as we are spoiled, I know I am. Like most of us, we get flustered ov
er the silliest things – like when my cellphone doesn’t get a good signal, when a flight is delayed or when my computer takes too long to load a website. Millions & billions of people in the world do not have the luxury of mobile phones, cannot afford air travel and do not have computers. Today, we have billions of people with no or little electricity, clean water, health care or basic education.

So how can we avoid this virus of selfish immaturity? Thankfulness is the antidote. It melts our pride and crushes our sense of entitlement.

We at Powerstorm ESS have developed electrification technologies that are affordable and sustainable for the emerging markets. We can help to improve the lives of those in most desperate need and will have tremendous impact to their wellness and our future. Let’s work together to get them the much needed Electrification.

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