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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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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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Communicate in proverMen and women communicate differently.  That is no secret.   In order for women in developing countries to learn to share power with men, and thereby become more effective in promoting food security, rural development, and contribute to other societal advancement, we must become critically aware of gender-sensitive communication. These are vital building blocks that will have an impact on generations to come.

Poverty has a different definition in the emerging world than it does in developed nations.  The term ‘poverty’ is used broadly in the emerging world to include lack of material resources, minimal or no access to healthcare, limited access to education and information, deprivation of civil rights, minimal — if any — access to economic growth opportunity, professional training and access to capital. In broad strokes, alleviation of proverty would mean betterment of any of these challenges, although measurement of improvement is difficult to measure.  Change takes time.  A fast track to addressing poverty at all of its levels is access to information.  Access to mobile communication is the difference between abject poverty and hope.

This hope will quickly turn into action as newly empowered communities will have access to information beyond the traditional media of television, radio and telephone, which are now all accessible via Internet.  Great personal evolution and economic growth will result when previously isolated communities reach out to the rest of the world.  Likely, their shortcut to commerce come through embracing digital currencies over cumbersome microfinance instruments.

At Powerstorm Capital Corp., we see a future on the near horizon where our hybrid power solutions will greatly contribute to establishment of thriving communities throughout the emerging world.

 

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procrastinationFalling into bad habits like laziness, procrastination, and an attitude of entitlement.

You may recognize some of your (many) behaviors that are like this, which have a trigger which is relatively easy to perform, but cascades effort to the rest of the behavior.  We can combat our human weakness by taking responsibility when others won’t. Lets start today.
If you can establish the trigger as a habit, the rest will follow:
  • Exercising – Commit to going to the gym.
  • Learning – Read at least one page.
  • Socializing – Say hello to one person.
  • Writing – Write a paragraph on any topic
Clever planning matters more than inexhaustible endurance. Invest your energy, not just in trying to stick to your goals, but in designing goals which are easier to stick with.

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ENLIGHTENED PERSPECTIVE

They’re written by Andy Rooney , a man who has the gift of saying so much with so few words. Enjoy…….

I’ve learned…. That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.

I’ve learned…. That when you’re in love, it shows.

I’ve learned…. That just one person saying to me, ‘You’ve made my day!’ makes my day.

I’ve learned…. That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.

I’ve learned…. That being kind is more important than being right.

I’ve learned…. That you should never say no to a gift from a child.

I’ve learned…. That I can always pray for someone when I don’t have the strength to help him in some other way.

I’ve learned…. That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.

I’ve learned…. That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.

I’ve learned…. That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.

I’ve learned…. That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.

I’ve learned…. That we should be glad God doesn’t give us everything we ask for.

I’ve learned…. That money doesn’t buy class.

I’ve learned…. That it’s those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.

I’ve learned… That under everyone’s hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.

I’ve learned…. That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.

I’ve learned…. That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.

I’ve learned…. That love, not time, heals all wounds.

I’ve learned…. That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.

I’ve learned…. That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.

I’ve learned…. That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.

I’ve learned…. That life is tough, but I’m tougher.

I’ve learned…. That opportunities are never lost, someone will take the ones you miss.

I’ve learned…. That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.

I’ve learned…. That I wish I could have told my Mom that I love her one more time before she passed away.

I’ve learned…. That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.

I’ve learned…. That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.

I’ve learned…. That when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, that you’re hooked for life.

I’ve learned…. That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.

I’ve learned…. That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.

To all of you…. Make sure you read all the way down to the last sentence.

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Mistake

It’s better to make a big mistake than a small one, because you can recognize and correct the big ones.

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