Jim’s WebLetter for 12/12/15


You have heard someone say, “I’m just one person, what can I do”? Maybe you’ve thought that yourself. I know I’ve heard that before.  

I came across an article this week about a man who became a leader in his community, all because he was tired of having to travel two days to another town just to check his email. Keep in mind, this is happening in the beginning of the 21st century. At that time here in the US and across much of Europe, if you didn’t have internet access at home, you could easily find it in libraries and Internet cafes near you. Mahabir Pun, a teacher in a small town in Nepal, was having to travel over a mountain to get to a connected civilization. He decided there had to be a better way.  

As a result, he sought help. First with the BBC in an email on one of those trips, then with the people who provided the Internet service in the town of Pokhara, where he traveled every month for 6 years to read and send his email. Over time, with hardware he received, and a satellite signal transmitting Internet access the mountain to his village, he was able to get and send email. But he used it for so much more.

With this new ability to receive Internet by satellite, he started the Nepal Wireless Networking Project, which has helped connect over 40 villages to the Internet. This project has earned Pun several awards and he was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in 2014.

What this line of communication did was to provide needed information for local hospitals and schools. All because of one man’s determination to get email without traveling rugged terrain.  

In a time when Google and Facebook with other major corporations are working to get satellites, WiFi balloons and drones in the sky to reach those without Internet, one man now gets credit for connecting some 60,000 people through the mountains of Nepal. And you know what? It didn’t cost millions of dollars to do it.  

A final thought on this Network. Mr. Pun saw that the people needed a way to earn additional income to feed their families, provide better housing and in general, a better way of life. Through his research online, he found a way. Watch the BBC video about Mahabir Pun and how his work has changed the lives of thousands. http://bigthink.com/natalie-shoemaker/one-man-helped-connect-60000-people-in-nepal-to-the-internet
Have a great weekend and may God bless you and keep you safe.

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