Mama Says delivers public health and educational messages to local people in their own language, attract with films, and every 5 minutes info-commercials.
Tue, 17 May 2016 02:49:48
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Digital Libraries for Africa, The Last Mile, The 1.5 Billion With No Electricity
Mama Says delivers public health and educational messages to local people in their own language, we attract with films, and every 5 minutes show info-commercials in local language. We are not giving them free books, we are telling them where to find them, and how to read them on their phones. Knowledge is the real power the people of the last mile need.
“Mama says, did you know? You can download free books from Gutenberg.org and read for free on your smartphone.”
"9 out of 10 American children do not know about free books, and how to read them on their phones." Why?
I think I am scared; I invented a solar powered computer device we call “Mama Says” to communicate with people in Africa, (anywhere) who have no electricity, and earn less than 5 dollars per day. Then to make learning more difficult, they speak one of the 2000-3000 languages in Africa, about a new language every 100 miles, even the best ideas get lost in translation. Mama Says is simple, it is solar powered computer with 17 inch computer screen, that plays fun videos to attract the children. Then every 5-8 minutes there are small information clips in their local language.
In Togo, West Africa where I first tested it, the local language is Ewe. We played the film "Lion King" in French, and the information commercial was in Ewe. 100 percent success on testing one, we now need to test 5-10.
These small videos clips can educate them, they repeat about 80 times in one day. Plus, the children love watching films, rare for people with no electricity, this alone is a gift of love.
I need to make 5-10 of the Mama Says boxes to test, to prove that Mama Says is a again a great idea, before I ask the world for millions to for free libraries to any village, and person on the planet. Children learn to read in Africa, but they need the books to make it fun, and taught how to read them on their cell phones.
My dream is use “Mama Say’s” to explain there are 1000’s of books they can read for free in English, French, Portuguese, German, and 100’s more. This seems strange, but the higher educated people in Africa read what is called the Lingua Franca, the language of business. So for a small child to rise up, learn, have an education, they must first learn a Foreign Language, way above what an American child does, but most learn two languages, but they need fun books to make reading a joy.
There are dozens of free places we can download books for free, one example is the Gutenberg.org project, we can download books, put them onto DVD’s or USB thumb drives, then make distribution points. i.e. DVD sales shops, Internet cafe, and sadly, not in libraries because too difficult to find.
Last year I made a rough “Mama Says,” a prototype welded out of steel, and tested it in Gbalave, Togo a year ago, it cost 700 USD. Now, I need to make 5-10 more, and test them again in one village in Togo, West Africa to do a "proof of concept" that it works on a broad scale. That there really is a way to educated the world, that it simple, easy, and almost free, we just need to explain in their locals language how to read books on their cell phones, make learning fun.
We need to mass produce these boxes out of fiberglass, buy 17 inch computer screens, insert batteries and buy solar panels, we believe made in mass each one can cost as little as 500 USD, hopefully less.
I am Andy Lee Graham of HoboTraveler.com, a 60 year old man, who has traveled non-stop for 18 plus years, and visited 107 countries. I have been to Africa over 10 times, and will return soon.
I want to make 5-10 Mama Says, prototypes, and test for proof of concept.
Why am I afraid?
You ever have a great idea, then was afraid you would never get to use the idea? I am tired of doing this alone, I need support, I need money, I have already spent about 2000 dollars of own my money. We can do this, we can tell the last mile, the ignored, nice people who are ignored because there is no way to make money off of them. I want to explain to them how to find free books, and how to install them onto their cell phones, and smart phones.
Smartphone in Africa
And yes, it I know, my mother, my brothers and sisters found it strange that people in Togo have smartphones, when they have almost no money. However, they do, as best I can tell, the first thing that Mama Says in any family, is call home, we love you, we will buy you a cell phone.
I need to put together a team of people who love to read. Engineers to work on designs, fiberglass people to make the box, videographers to record information commercials, computer techs to program Android chips, and writers, and editors that can explain this better then me. We can do this, come share the dream with me, because my Mama Says,
“Read books, it will make you happy, and have a good life.”
I need 15,000 US Dollars to make 5-10 prototypes, and test again in Togo, with a future anticipated mass produces price of 500 USD as sold to aid organizations.
hoboontheroad AT yahoo.com /
+1-260-624-4414 This number rings at my computer anywhere globally.
Please help me find money, so I can prove I can give books to children. I will make 100's of videos of this, does the charity you donate video make 100's of videos proving they actually do something?
Most people who ask you for money brag about how much money they raised, I am not doing this, I am telling you what I am going to do, and will prove it.
Andy Lee Graham of HoboTraveler.com
Example of first test in Gbalave, Togo near Kpalime, Togo West Africa.
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