Kelvin Doe grew up in Sierra Leone, a country on the west African coast that often struggled with consistent electricity. Kelvin’s hometown had electric lights as little as one day per month, which makes day-to-day living challenging. Kelvin loved finding old pieces of technology, taking them apart to see how they work, and putting them back together. Using just trash he found in this community, as a 15-year-old, he created batteries, a generator, and a radio station that could broadcast information to his town! He was able to come to the US to study at M.I.T., considered one of the best STEM universities in the world, and was one of their youngest students. He continues to invent new items that not only recycle discarded materials, making them accessible and affordable (free!), but also useful for poor communities around the world.
To learn more about Kelvin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOLOLrUBRBY
What would it be like if you only had light in your house, your classroom, or your city one day per month? How would that change the way you live? What is something you wish you could invent?
Closing prayer: Dear God, Kelvin saw potential in what others just saw as trash. Help us see all people and things for their potential and possibility. Amen