What can I do?
All of us could probably improve our
lives – if we only knew how, or had someone to show us how.
This website attempts to give some ideas, to show what is
possible, and to show how, or link you to someone who can show
Why should I bother?
Why should you bother? Maybe you think
life is too hard, maybe you are too poor? But improving your
life is good, is fun, and will make your life easier. Don’t
wait for someone to come along and give you some money – that
may never happen. Instead try to earn some money for yourself,
try to do what you can to help yourself and your family.
So many people have worked hard developing wonderful
solutions to problems in Africa. This web site is aimed at helping spread the solutions
developed by others.
It will cost too much!
Many of the solutions cost nothing, or nearly nothing to
implement - and many can lead to opportunities to create a
business and earn an income by helping others.
A personal note:
I have twice worked in Africa on short term projects.
My first experience was to help install protected springs, as
part of a gravity fed water supply. I am a trained water
engineer, with an MSc in Hydrology, but I didn't know how to
protect a spring, and it was difficult to find suitable
training materials before I went - fortunately I worked with
highly skilled Ugandan staff. I felt such a need for
simple training materials to show me, and the people I met,
how to protect the springs.
On my second visit I showed some friends photos of fuel
efficient stoves - and again a skilled Ugandan worker, a
potter, was able to take my faltering ideas and small
knowledge, and to build a clay stove. In the following
weeks he developed other better designs, and has since
made several hundred stoves, and I hope will continue to
develop a good business. I have tried testing other
designs at home, but it is remarkably difficult without clear
instructions. Today I tried to make moulds for a 6 brick
stove - but what shape and size to cut the bits of wood?
So I recognize the need for simple instructions on "how to
...". How to build a stove, protect a spring, collect
rainwater, purify drinking water, ... ... The
instructions should be simple yet detailed enough to enable
someone with a will to achieve working results.
this site is still under construction!