TOM TRIES TO CHANGE THE WORLD
When his mother contracts lung disease from home cook fires, Kenyan teen Tom Osborn tackles a global health, climate change and deforestation calamity.
Cooking fires kill more than AIDS, TB & malaria combined (4.3M) each year. Broadcasting stories like Tom’s sparks action across continents. Work with us.
Solar Powered Rafiki
Jodie Wu, founder and CEO of Global Cycle Solutions, is creating a new sales “army” in Tanzania. Beyond just selling solar lights, Jodie’s network of entrepreneurs like Upendo Roberts improve life for villagers, while improving their own.
Open cook fires are the 2nd leading cause of global warming. Payan ole-MoiYoi came home to Nairobi to design machinery and efficient stoves, to reduce deforestation and lung disease. Consulting for global companies, he designs mechanical solutions for several problems.
TREASURES FROM TRASH
Cyrus Kabiru is a self-taught Kenyan artist who gives “trash a second chance.” He’s taught workshops to city kids and in villages to children with no exposure to art. Known for his “C-Stunners,” (face wear made from trash), his work has been shown in Los Angeles; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Stockholm.
changing the story of Africa
African Makers Media is an initiative of Young World Inventors (YWI), a Boston- and Nairobi-based media group working to spread invention, through the oldest form of learning: storytelling. Showing how inventors cope with setbacks inspires others to solve persistent problems. Our first long documentary about Tom Lee Osborn is being made for broadcast, for the web, mobile phones, podcast and DVDs. In East and West Africa inventive social entrepreneurs work to resolve problems –- in health, water, agriculture, climate change, energy, information, and jobs. We welcome collaborators who can help us locate, investigate and seed stories of inventive solutions everywhere..