This week Awesome Stories brings you recycled laptops, compassion, printing buildings, empowering women and transforming lives.
I love this man’s creative and compassionate way to raise awareness and money for the hungry. Anton Cobb spends his lunch hour every Wednesday sitting in Directors Park, Portland collecting funds for the Oregon Food Bank. He sets up a cute dining scene as prop to bring awareness to the challenge of feeding the hungry. Typically he will raise enough to feed 30 hungry people. I love how he compassionately choses not to eat lunch on those days too. And he reports that Wednesday lunch has become his favorite time of the week.
Transforming Lives with LED Lighting
LED lights are transforming lives in developing countries. Over 1.3 billion people in the world don’t have access to reliable electricity, requiring them to use wood and kerosene. Due to recent improvements in LED performance, solar powered LED lights can now supply reliable lighting at affordable prices. Entry level models start at $10, with high performers for $35-$40. Those products can charge cellphones, offer three levels of light and run 35 hours on a single charge. Considering that many people spend $80/ year just on kerosene, this is a great solution that not only saves money, but reduces the health and environmental hazards from burning kerosene for fuel.
I love this idea of giving new life to laptops by repurposing them, since currently only about 25% of electronics get recycled. It’s a wonderful way to reuse the laptops, while gifting them to people who don’t currently have access to a computer. The donors can even pick the recipient based on their story and need. Mariama Bangoura is a principal who received a laptop to use for both teaching and record keeping at her school in Kindia, Guinea. GlobeTops delivers the laptops, along with training for the recipients. Kudos to Becky Morrison for caring and creating a creative way to reuse our electronics. And she’s aiming to add more products like cellphones to the process.
3D Printing for Buildings
The various applications for 3D printing are amazing. NASA and Contour Crafting have been working on 3D printed homes that can be built on the moon! Meanwhile back at home on earth, the process can allow for simple, efficient and affordable homes that could be printed in 24 hours! The initial applications would be for disaster relief, shelter for the homeless and other critical needs. Eventually, the process could revolutionize how homes are built and designed.
Veronika Scott found her passion women while still in design school. She was designing coats to give to local Detroit homeless people when a woman yelled at her about them needing jobs, not coats. Thus was born the inspiration to create an organization to empower women. The Empowerment Plan hires homeless women, pays them and empowers them to create independent lives. The coats are given to homeless people around Detroit, which has a huge homeless and unemployment problem. These coats transform to sleeping bags to keep the homeless people warm at night. Clever and compassionate!
My aim is to inspire you to live more fully, to give and be more in your life. Did any of these stories inspire you to make a change in your life, get involved with a cause or help others? If so, I’d love to hear what you’re inspired to do.