Wednesday, January 9, 2013

iShack (Picture of the Day: 1/9/13)

iShack. Source. Credit: Homeless and Poor People's Initiative

This small shack may look like any other building in the shanty town in which it is located, but there is something different about it. This is the iShack (improved shack). The difference here is that this shack has a solar panel capable of supplying power to three lights, a phone charger, and a motion activated outdoor light. This shack has been developed so that poor people living in shanty towns around the world might have access to electricity, something they usually live without. Currently the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has taken an interest in the iShack and has granted money to pay for the building of 100 of these improved homes. If these new iShacks are successful the project could receive more funding to build even more. The iShack is only a small improvement, but it is a step in the right direction.

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