Do you ever have an extra day? or a day’s wage? A denarius, as in Roman days? A Sunday or twelve hours of sun spread out over a year?
The Includer is a human-sized device, the product of a human-sized economy, the sum of working one day at a time.
Jackton Arija was the spark for the day in question. We met him through Samwel Kongere (of Episode 0) and their work to prevent malaria. Suddenly, with the post-election turmoil in Kenya, we came together to save Jackton and his family:
January 3, 2008:
As Sam has said there is no food, no transport and no money and
medication. Right now as speak we dont have food and i am just in the
house with my kids boiling hot water and putting some remaining sugar
on it for the kids.
January 6, 2008: I thank you all making all efforts for me to have food in my house, Ken Owino sent airtime of Ksh 1500 and Dennis also sent me airtime of ksh750. I managed to sell and use to buy food in my house and my neighbour who was also lacking food.
Meanwhile, Jackton was delivering food.
January 11, 2008:
we went to Kendu-bay to give out some food for those who were stuck at
the police station… Tomorrow we will be going to Oyugis to give out
some food for others who are stuck at Police station
Then one day we got a letter from Peter Ongele.
February 13, 2008:
I came to know this man called Arija. he introduced to me and what he
is doing in the moment … so many who realised that I came from the
sides of Sindo and Gwasi highland flocked to have possible assistance
of which i could not offer at that time. This man Jactone really helped
a lot by advising and organised convenient transport and things became
easy for me.
When Peter turned to us for help…
June 4, 2008:
After my high school I’ve worked for several NGOs in both risky and
good conditions but this has been on very low pay due to lack of a
certificate course. Occationally I’ve tried to raise money to have a
course in Diploma but all has been not on my side. Last year I got one
for 3 years on inservice study on Community Health and HIV/AIDS
management. I’ve to register for assesment and college fee. I’ve to pay
some money this year between this month of June and July.
I remembered Graham and the relevance of battery recharging for the Includer…
July 3, 2008:
Peter and I spoke by phone and then I sent him $200 so that he could
have the money he needs for his certification course. He agreed to do a
project for our laboratory, which is to try out the “do it yourself”
solar mobile phone battery recharging kit which Graham has created.
$100 is for this work and $100 is for a loan which Peter will repay
after he gets his certificate, and our lab will relend that money to
somebody who could apply it well.
Right away, Peter opened our eyes to rural Kenya:
July 3, 2008: Peter noted that many people are weak from HIV/AIDS
and they need alternative work to laboring in the fields. He also notes
the great need for electricity because, for example, people in his part
of rural Kenya typically turn off their mobile phones after 6:00 pm
because they are saving the battery power
because they have to walk a long ways to recharge their batteries. So
that means that they are not able to make calls to each other in the
evening because everybody’s phone is turned off.
At the time, I was in Burlington, Vermont at Stephen Wolfram’s summer school for A New Kind of Science. I proposed that our Minciu Sodas laboratory work for him for $200,000 to organize independent thinkers to apply NKS and a culture of investigation
to a variety of challenges. I told him of our $100 project with Peter,
an example of thousands we might organize with thinkers we may never
meet. We simply know each other’s values and our willingness to work for free on what we care about.
I’m encouraged by the ups and downs of Graham’s and Peter’s participation and our efforts together.
November 2008 Graham:
I had great hopes that we would get somewhere with this as Peter,
unlike most of my African contacts, is prepared to explain his ideas
but we don’t seem to be getting anywhere.
November 13, 2008 Andrius:
You mention that it can take all day to charge a phone (and then I
think the phone can’t be used). So it seems that one would need an
extra supply of batteries to make it useful or people would each need
to have their own solar panel. What are the applications for
individuals and what are the business possibilities?
November 16, 2008 Peter:
I’ve only sold 3 modules…. I take this as a great step, a start for
people to know that there are small Solar modules of low costs which
can serve their specific interests before they can raise big moneys to
the multi purpose Solar Panels. … Since Grahams technology is working
well, I see business possibilities and that might be our next project
if it would be possible to get micro finance support for it.
By this point, I am thinking hard how to invest my earnings as a math teacher in Bosnia into an economy for the kingdom of heaven. Peter Burgess and others are encouraging Peter Ongele’s wish to document the actual use of malaria bed nets. Graham is happy, too.
A lot of light and warmth for $100!