[Noisebridge-discuss] Electrical Engineering help needed in Rwanda

girlgeek girlgeek at wt.net
Sun Aug 11 10:01:44 UTC 2013


Greetings,
As some of you know, I am currently serving in the Peace Corps in 
Rwanda.  (I am the white haired old woman with a beagle who was around 
NB up to a year ago).

The project that I have chosen in the Peace Corps is to provide Solar 
Lanterns to parents in a village  without electricity.  This allows the 
kids to do school homework after farm chores are done, (which is when 
the sun sets).  The recipients of the lanterns (a village women's group) 
then collect the money that they were previously spending on kerosene 
and candles into a co op and start an enterprise.  The women in the 
village where I am working, (Gicwamba, Rwanda) have decided that the 
enterprise that they want to do is to make and sell solar lanterns.

Earlier this year I was in South Africa and met a retired Electrical 
Engineer, Freddie.  Freddie volunteered to design a village makeable 
solar lantern.  He spent a couple of months on the project.  But before 
he has given me the design he has decided that he would rather work on a 
different project.  I now am running up against a deadline.

Is there anyone at Noisebridge with electronic engineering knowledge who 
would be interested to be involved in a long distance, good deed, project.

I must be very clear after my experience with Freddie.  There is no 
possibility of earning money with this, it is simply a request for a 
good deed.

Thank you for any help you can give me.

Claudia Zeiler
skype: c.zeiler  (open most days from 11AM to 1PM San Francisco time)
girlgeek at wt.net
+250 78 730-5956




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