I propose to convert gutter runoff from rain water into electric power for battery storage. The device will be a micro-hydro generating plant for the use of a single family or a
Liberia, West Africa.
Liberia is a… Continue
Added by Peggie Scott on May 16, 2010 at 9:22pm —
KRTTI (Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute) is a government institute in Kakata, Margibi County, Liberia, West Africa. We are tasked with training elementary school teachers. Our trainees come from, and will return to, rural areas. They pay no tuition and are given free board and room.
Currently we receive very little financial support from the Ministry of Education and most of our food is donated. Although we are now in the process of rebuilding our farm… Continue
Added by Peggie Scott on May 14, 2010 at 9:06am —
Goals: To do good. To know when to go in and to know when to leave. To know what others want before deciding what to do for them. To respect all cultures, opinions and beliefs and to tread lightly when working within them.
Members: Anyone who gives, helps, calms or encourages. They are the secret strength that can be called on in times of need. They already walk the walk. The core members are those who can open windows of opportunity for others, those who can shine a light on the… Continue
Added by Peggie Scott on May 10, 2010 at 5:26pm —
It is only a few years after the end of devastating civil war. Tribes slaughtered each other. Atrocities were committed with violent frequency on the most defenseless members of the nation; the women and children. Today, young man men missing limbs beg on the streets of the capitol city. Shunned by by many, feared by others, they are the obvious results of the war. The hollow buildings and lack of infrastructure are another. Not so obvious is that 7% of the people in this country lost… Continue
Added by Peggie Scott on May 9, 2010 at 9:36pm —
I would like to see Evoke present more local challenges and challenges that can be done on a small scale. In Evoke 1 there were many of these sorts of challenges and, for me, they were the most satisfying. To imagine the future or to imagine a solution to a global problem is just to vague and esoteric for me.
The 10 week time frame of evoke is a challenge in itself. I believe it helped to keep the interest high and to put pressure on the commitment to finish. That seems compatible… Continue
Added by Peggie Scott on May 9, 2010 at 4:20pm —
Uploaded photo of my dark site
Added by Peggie Scott on May 8, 2010 at 6:04pm —
"The risks that kill people and the risks that upset people are completely different. If you know a risk is deadly, that tells you almost nothing about whether it’s upsetting. If you know a risk is upsetting, that tells you almost nothing about whether it’s deadly. So essentially these two variables are unrelated, and it doesn’t matter what… Continue
Added by Peggie Scott on May 8, 2010 at 3:42pm —
We had a 24 hour deadline to finish a proposal and we weren't going to make it. Four key pieces of information were missing. Two months and the possibility of significant help for the farm were going to be lost. I was majorly frustrated and expressed it to a number of people at the school. Within just a few… Continue
Added by Peggie Scott on May 8, 2010 at 3:05pm —
I have a small collections of taxi and moto taxi drivers that I know and have built a relationship with. They are here, in Kakata, and in Monrovia. And some of them drive between the two cities. I would ask a few of them to carry information flyers (facts, phone numbers, health centers, etc) with them and keep one in the car to show to each of their passengers. And then hand half of the stack to the next driver they saw and knew, and ask each new driver to do the same thing.
Added by Peggie Scott on May 8, 2010 at 2:16pm —
Have posted photos for Act8
Added by Peggie Scott on May 8, 2010 at 11:48am —
Poor people don't have a lot of cars and Kakata was a poor city of poor people. Enormous UNMIL trucks rumbled through town, horns blaring, eight year old Toyota taxis in deplorable condition came in from Monrovia in a steady stream and Motorcycle taxis could carry people locally but most people walked, and walked. Even the one main road through town was not maintained. So, over time, the walking paths became the most travelled by-ways and when a small allotment of road repair money came to… Continue
Added by Peggie Scott on April 25, 2010 at 9:43pm —
For me, a 100 years old is not all that far away. 35 years. 2045. Our city's resilience efforts have paid off. My small part of it was with the community farms group. We developed a plan for planting cycles to accomplish two things: 1. There would be fresh produce year round and 2. our greatest harvest would be when there was, usually, a shortage on the open market.
This plan allowed the city to become less and less dependent on outside sources of food and to be able to… Continue
Added by Peggie Scott on April 25, 2010 at 8:33pm —
An important tree (the prunus africana) has been over-harvested and is endangered. Efforts to stop the destruction included: controlled harvesting, (not trying to stop the harvesting altogether), cooperation between previously hostile factions and maintaining existing livelihoods (rather that trying to introduce alternative livelihoods).
A second paper presented the same year also voices optimism for success.
The lesson I've learned from this… Continue
Added by Peggie Scott on April 23, 2010 at 8:33pm —
Two of the cooks still work at the school and they stay in touch with the others. What has changed most in their lives are the things that aren't there. None of them has lost a loved one in a recent civil conflict, of the three that have had children, none died in childbirth. And not one of the women has lost a child or grandchild to diarrhea or malaria. Their life expectancy has gone from 42 years old to 55 years old. The new, inexpensive AIDs medication has prolonged the life of one of the… Continue
Added by Peggie Scott on April 20, 2010 at 11:06pm —
Liberia is rich in both water and fertile soil.
Before the war 80% of the population earned their living by farming. Today almost a third of the population lives in the capital city of Monrovia. Urban farming is being encouraged as a way to offset poverty and hunger.
Added by Peggie Scott on April 20, 2010 at 6:43am —
Next year (2011) Liberia will hold it's second post-conflict election. It is feared that the country's fragile stability will be threatened at that time.
Although not all rural areas have mobile phone capacity at this time, the phone systems are still the most widely used form of communication.
I expect that Ushahidi could be used to track and help prevent outbursts of violence.
Added by Peggie Scott on April 20, 2010 at 6:14am —
I've submitted a photo essay for this mission.
Added by Peggie Scott on April 18, 2010 at 9:05am —
This story is of interest to me because we share a common border with Cote d'Ivoire and a common story.
It has been (unofficially) estimated that three quarters of all the women in Liberia were raped during the war. Women were forced to stay in the compounds of the war lords where they could be used by the soldiers. Or they were raped when the marauders came to their… Continue
Added by Peggie Scott on April 11, 2010 at 12:59pm —
Hello UE. This is Peggie reporting from Red Light, a usually thriving business hub on the outskirts of Monrovia. Yesterday, with the collapse of the national economy and the lose of all national services, this street was a ghost town. Every shop had closed their doors and heavy looting was expected.
This morning, a few community elders called for calm and a return to the "Red Light of Old". The citizens began to respond, slowly at first, but the idea seems to have taken… Continue
Added by Peggie Scott on April 3, 2010 at 11:52am —
Again, this mission comes at an opportune time.
Liberians are not good at saving money (or so they tell me), but would like the benefits that come with a nice little chunk of change.
The craftsmen on campus (carpenter, plumber and electrician) frequently do small (and not so small) jobs for us on their off hours. They have asked that I not pay them for the work, but save it up until I leave for the summer, and give it all to them at one time. I'm… Continue
Added by Peggie Scott on April 3, 2010 at 10:06am —