Posts Tagged ‘Comedy Central’

The Answer is Blowin’ in the Wind

1kamkwambaIt was 2002 and Malawi was suffering one of the worst droughts in recent memory. William Kamkwamba had been shut out of the village school because his family could not pay the fees (about $80 US) so there was little distraction from watching the people around him suffer. Crops wilted, thousands died, those that survived did so on very little so hunger was constant. William had seen pictures of windmills in library books, and knew they could be used to generate power—something his village desperately needed. He pretty much had nothing to lose.

From scrap bicycle parts, car batteries, wood, and odds and ends, William built a windmill. It was one of those TV Movie scenarios with the community laughing at the 14-year-old boy who clearly had lost his mind. Even more of a cinematic moment occurred when the completed contraption began to turn and the lightbulb he had wired to it flickered to life. Now there are five windmills in William’s village, each more refined than the last, and the neighbors come to the home to listen to the electric radio. This boy’s determination and courage in the face of opposition is the subject of “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,” a recently released book by William and Brian Mealer.

It’s kinda hard to find any significance in the words “can’t” or “no” or “impossible.”

Read a CNN story here, and watch William’s appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart by following this link to the Comedy Central website (LINK).

Joan and God’s Love

joan-riversI’m about to get on a plane to the West Coast to see the taping of the Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers (it airs August 9 at 10PM). It’ll be a ridiculous night of ripping Joan and every other celeb to shreds (ya think anybody’ll mention plastic surgery?), often profane (a large portion of the evening can never make it to broadcast–it’s too blue), and all in relatively good-natured, if edgy, fun.

Of course Joan is a veteran of the comedy world and has been working tirelessly for as long as most of the comedians that will be on the dais roasting her have been alive–twice the lifespans of some of them, and nobody can say anything harsh about Joan she hasn’t already said herself.

People sometimes love to hate her, but what you cannot find fault with or hate or even disparage, is her commitment to charitable causes. The woman gets her hands dirty working for others in ways to which most of us can only aspire. Her main charity is God’s Love We Deliver. This is an astoundingly effective organization that works to improve the health and well-being of people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other serious illnesses by alleviating hunger and malnutrition. The incredible corps of volunteers prepares and delivers healthy meals to those who are housebound or otherwise cannot avail themselves of proper nutrition. It started in 1985, and has served over ten million meals. Volunteer s are needed every day to help in the kitchen and to deliver meals to clients’ homes.

Find information for volunteers here and get involved. (If you can’t put on a hair net and stir a pot of soup at the kitchens, donate). You won’t regret a second of it, and will wish you had started earlier.