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MOM Has Arrived in Cyber Space with Satellite Internet in Petite Riviere De Nippes, Haiti

Hello World!  MOM has arrived in Cyber Space in rural Haiti with Satellite Internet.  And, we did it with human power!  With the use of the Pedal Watts System, electricity is being generated by pedaling a bicycle!  Yep!  You heard me…pedaling a bicycle that’s attached to a generator and a power pack!  It works!

It is still a challenge to get folks to pedal their way into cyberspace, but if they want to send and receive emails, talk on the phone, watch movies and educational material, they will have to pedal at least 7 hours to be able to get 4 hours of internet!  That’s not bad when you consider that it is better than not having the internet.  Education about alternative and sustainable technology will eventually win over cultural hangups!  Most people would prefer to just stick a plug in a wall and go for it….but there is one problem here on the backside of nowhere. There is no plug in a wall because there is no electrical grid or infrastructure! The cost of providing electricity and sustaining it is prohibitive!

Human power is perfect for such remote areas and is a pretty inexpensive way to generate electricity for such uses.  Thanks to our project manager, we have a Power Team of 10 adults who each have volunteered to pedal for one hour per day to keep the system charged.  We have allowed some of the kids to pedal in exchange for bakery treats, but they really cannot produce the amount of power needed to successfully charge the system.  But every little bit helps.

We have installed a battery bank consisting of 4 additional deep cell batteries, but the kinks have not yet been worked out. There seems to be a problem with the charger and the size of the inverter.  But, we are looking to get it all straighten out in the near future so that we can access additional power from the batteries in the battery bank.

Why a internet system?  Communication opens many paths to development.  It provides an educational pathway for people of all ages.  MOM purposed that it could upload education modules on its website.  These modules would then be available for projection in a classroom setting.  The projection system will provide educational material as well as entertainment for the villagers.  The internet system will also allow us to have long-distance education with a major university in Haiti (GOC University in Port-au-Prince) that is being rebuilt in the aftermath of its destruction by the earthquake.

Our proposed projects in De Nippes all have training components.  A large part of the training will be via internet and that’s why our IT platform will be so significant! The trainees will be able to have instruction from the GOC University via internet! The trainees will not have the expense of transportation and lodging in the capital, yet will have the benefit of instruction by GOC’s professors.

The internet opens up communication between the villagers and their families in other parts of Haiti and the world!  Just imagine the joy of being able to communicate with family members living abroad and who may have been separated for long periods of time….even years! In Haiti, I am told that the Internet is mainly used for “making friends” on the social websites! Well, this aspect will be greatly limited unless volunteers agree to pedal around the clock!

We are researching the use of a flywheel system to increase the efficiency of our alternative and sustainable system. Flywheels are presently being used in several South American countries successfully for many tasks such as grinding grains, shelling nuts, powering tools, pumping water and all without the use of batteries.

This is an exciting time for MOM as the organization partners with universities to experiment with these sustainable technologies for use in De Nippes at our SUV (Sustainable Urban Village) Project.

Computer literacy is a project that we wish to continue in rural areas.  The desktop systems that were set up back in 2003 in Anse-a-veau have all “expired”.  They had been used many years before they were donated to MOM and so we are thankful for the time that they worked!  Eventually, the systems were cannibalized for parts until they all had become inoperable as well as obsolete.  We plan to establish a new computer lab in De Nippes order to start a computer literacy project.

This is why MOM is asking you to support our people to people efforts in Haiti. With your support, we will be able to successfully execute economic development projects that lead to self-sufficiency. It is about “teaching the people how to fish” rather than giving them a fish. Economic independence, education and self sufficiency is the way out of poverty. While the task is huge, we can solve the problem the same way one eats an elephant…. ONE BITE AT A TIME!!!

Here’s a SmileBox of the Satellite System!  Sit back and enjoy learning about how we are using human power to pedal our way to cyberspace.  The use of human power is gaining popularity across the world.  One can find many websites extolling the virtues of human muscle power to drive various technologies!  Very interesting and educational, too.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

7 comments to MOM Has Arrived in Cyber Space with Satellite Internet in Petite Riviere De Nippes, Haiti

  • whoah this weblog is great i really like reading your posts.

    Stay up the good work! You know, a lot of people are searching around for
    this information, you could help them greatly.

  • Hi!

    thank you so much for your comments. I appreciate you taking the time to write to us. Gueess what? Our project manager is on his way to Haiti to meet with officials about our continuing work in De Nippes. We have plans for escalating our alternative initiatives using the water from the sea, a solar generator (still a secret!!), cleaning up the beach and recycling the debris (shells, etc)…just a whole lot of neat things.

    So stay tune for more to come. We are now working in Jamaica, too. Looking forward to constructing some earthbag homes for the poor. Working in partnership with ministry that works with troubled youth. Wait until they learn how to build a home with “sandbags”!! They will be amazed and transformed at the same time.

    Just so much to share so please, stay tuned to Haiti poverty. I get a little behind at times, but somehow I eventually get it up for the world to see. Again, I am encouraged by your emal.

    Blessing and be sure to share with others.


    Dr. Fisher
    Found, President and Chief Cook and Bottle-washer! (smile)

  • thank you so much. You are so encouraging. I appreciate your comments. Remember to pray for us!

    Love and hugs

    Dr. Fisher

  • Incredible! This blog looks exaactly like my old one!
    It’s on a entirely different subject but it has pretty much the same layout and design. Wonderful choice of colors!

  • Hi there! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a team of volunteers and starting
    a new initiative in a community in the same niche. Your blog provided us valuable information to
    work on. You have done a marvellous job!

  • Good morning. Glad to have been of help. Need to bring you up to date, however. We are currently changing some things in De Nippes. The human-powered satellite did not work as hoped. this past June we changed to solar panel;s,ec and a fledgling cyber cafe is working at this time. We get about 12-25 persons per day using the system. We are right in the middle of relocating projects, re-organizing, etc. We would love to get to know you better and even share information with you since we have been there for so long! It is not an easy job and there are many things you need to know about.

    I am in the throes of completing our personal taxes (extension) and will write you more when finished. Blessings and be careful and stay focused. Dr. Fisher

  • Thank you.

    I try to make it bright and cheery despite the plight of the people! It is me alone so it is difficult for me to keep up. Photos must be compressed, edited etc and that takes a lot of time / One day I hope to have a volunteer to help me keep the site current! Pray for us! I apologize for just getting back to you. I remember reading your comments and I thought I had responded. If I did I did not send it properly! New at blogging, really! (smile)

    Dr. Fisher

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