I became an advocate for ONE Campaign a few years ago while living in San Antonio. Why should someone like me support critical needs like electricity for Africa? I believe Africa represents the future of our world. It has so much promise! And as a member of the Board of Directors of IREC: Interstate Renewable Energy Council, I am devoted to clean energy, not only across the United States, but globally.
Did you know …
“In sub-Saharan Africa, more than 620 million people do not have access to electricity. Thirty seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa have a national electrification rate of below 50 percent. These endemic power shortages affect all aspects of life. The President and Congress are working with African leaders, civil society organizations, and the private sector to dramatically change this dire situation. We know energy access is one of the most urgent priorities for people in sub-Saharan Africa with one in five Africans citing infrastructure – including electricity – as their most pressing concern.
The lack of electricity impacts people’s lives in at least five major ways, with a disproportionately negative impact on girls and women.”
While growing up, our family was interested in Africa. When I went off to college, I was fortunate to study African literature with Dr. Bernth Lindfors. You might enjoy reading about Dr. Lindfors in this outstanding online journal, “Life and Letters: The One And Only Bernth Lindfors” (page 6).
Suffice it to say, when reading African literature, I was inspired by its grace and wisdom. One author I remember particularly is Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe.
“Once you allow yourself to identify with the people in a story, then you might begin to see yourself in that story even if on the surface it’s far removed from your situation. This is what I try to tell my students: this is one great thing that literature can do – it can make us identify with situations and people far away.”
That is exactly what African literature did for me! I urge you to consider African authors the next time you are seeking a good book to read. For those living in Central Texas, we have scheduled a happy hour and ONE Campaign update on August 12. If you are unable to join us, connect with me or Mike Hogan on social media, and we will add you to our list for future events. Mike represents ONE in Austin and I am a volunteer helping as needed.
As my readers know, one of my favorite organizations is NTEN: Nonprofit Technology Network. I wanted to share information about an exciting national program NTEN and Google Fiber have developed in Google Fiber cities across the nation.
From the Google Fiber Blog:
“When people have access to the web, opportunities are just a click away—from learning how to sign up for health care, to finding affordable housing, to keeping in touch with family and friends. But today, more than 60 million Americans still aren’t using the Internet at home. While there are organizations across the U.S. that want to help bring these people online, many of them don’t have the in-house expertise or resources to launch new programs.
That’s why, in partnership with the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN), we’re launching the Digital Inclusion Fellowship.”
Follow this link to learn more about this pioneering program.
Looking for more information about my background? Follow this link to my biographical website.