One year ago today, Ryan and I were posted in front of a laptop in our 500 square foot studio & merch “distribution center,” staring intently into the illuminated screen as our album The Heist was finally released into the universe. A dense mix of excitement, fear and relief was…
This is Bryam. He is an electrical technician trained by AsoFénix in the rural community of Cuajinicuil. This community was a beneficiary of AsoFénix’s first wind turbine project in 2010. AsoFénix worked alongside the community providing technical and financial support as they installed a windmill which generates 1kW of energy, enough to supply 14 homes with basic electrical needs.
When AsoFénix enters a community to assist in installing renewable energy projects, their aim is to have the community to take ownership of the projects. One tactic for accomplishing this goal is to train local technicians from the communities and provide them with working skills and knowledge to build, maintain and repair energy systems.
Bryam was one of three community members to raise his hand at a planning meeting, expressing interest to be trained by AsoFénix and learn how to construct a wind turbine and then wire houses with lights and light switches, batteries and outlets. So when he was 16 years old, Bryam helped wire all 11 houses in his small community to the wind turbine that he helped build. (Here is a brief article about the wind project in Cuajinicuil if you are interested in learning more: http://www.renewable-world.org/whats-new/blog/assessing-impact-cuajinicuil-nicaragua)
Bryam now lives in Managua and assists with projects in the communities as well as odd jobs around the office.
In his spare time, Bryam has used his electrical skills to build up a bicycle that was gifted to him. It’s my favorite bike in the world. I would like to give you a brief tour…
The bike is built up almost entirely from salvaged materials. This little motor connects to a small battery which powers all the bike’s electronics. It is powered by energy harnessed from the spinning wheel.
Bryam mounted a small solar panel on the handle bars which also connects to the battery, helping out with supplying energy to his vast array of lights, and his radio (which he blasts as he rides to and from our offices).
Radio and christmas lights…
The battery also sends power to this outlet, which Bryam can use to charge his cell phone.
When my husband died, because he was so famous & known for not being a believer, many people would come up to me — it still sometimes happens — & ask me if Carl changed at the end & converted to a belief in an afterlife. They also frequently ask me if I think I will see him again.
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“Its easier to do trivial things that are urgent than it is to do important things that are not urgent, like thinking. And it’s also easier to do little things that we know we can do than to start on big things that we’re not so sure about.”—John Cleese - A lecture on creativity (via littlelazer)
Valerie left this in our inbox yesterday, before we knew what today’s decision would be:
In January of 2010, I had landed a job as an assistant teacher for a preschool daycare program at my mom’s church. It wasn’t full-time, but it was sufficient, and I knew I’d enjoy playing with the kids,…
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This is the type of campaign President Obama believes in, just look at the photo above!