TodayApril 16, 2022

You and Amazon can teach the poor about Ebola

Teaching third world countries

Do you shop on Amazon? If so, you can help get the word out to people in third world countries about Ebola.

Many of the people in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and other countries that are fighting Ebola are beyond poor, they live without electricity, they are illiterate.

It does no good to hand them a piece of paper to read, they can’t read. They could watch a video if they had electricity, but they don’t have electricity.

But if you are a member of Amazon you can go into Amazon and type in your charity and then click on Select. A confirmation will come up saying Now when you shop at, your purchases will support your charity.

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Video player that can be recharged with a cigarette lighter from a car and lasts 2 1/2 hours

One Mobile Projector per Trainer (OMPT) is a group that trains aid workers in the affected areas to make simple videos that will show people what they can do to stay healthy, what they need to do if they are ill, and what to do if they know someone that is ill.

OMPT provides the educational video and a video player that works on batteries for 2 1/2 hours to people in Liberia and Sierra Leone. The video player is loud enough that 50 people at a time can listen to and hear the video.

OMPT trains the aid workers and locals to make the videos themselves. During the 4-day training, the participants create their initial videos so they have video as soon as the training is over, and the capacity to make more.

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people in An African hut projecting on a pillowcase

Anyone who purchases through Amazon will NOT be charged more for what they buy, but Amazon will give .05% of that purchase to OMPT to help them finance this venture.

OMPT’s mission is to help educate the world’s poorest billion people with low-cost technology. Their goal of equipping 10 million teachers with portable media players supports the 2015 UN Millennium Development Goals.

Organizations in Liberia, Guinea & Sierra Leone with whom OMPT is in the dialog:
* Liberian Ministry of Health & Social Welfare
* UNICEF Sierra Leone
* Development Alternatives, Inc. (DIA)
* Action Aid
* Africare
* Oxfam
* Global Communities
* Catholic Relief Services

Here is the video of OMPT showing how to charge the battery of the video player in a car

From OMPT;

What makes OMPTs approach different and more effective?

Video addresses learning challenges like illiteracy and language barriers:
Video is more engaging and effective in an oral-based culture. Video is also far more effective in explaining concepts that may be hard to convey in “chalk and talk” presentations, such as effects over time, detailed procedures, or microscopic or health concepts.
LOCAL video made by and for LOCAL communities
We believe that local organizations are experts in local interventions. OMPT empowers aid organizations staff to create videos that are culturally appropriate, regionally recognizable, and contextually relevant. Messaging containing local language, wardrobe and environs can engage the community to a degree that imported content cannot, increasing the rate at which members adopt life-changing behaviors.

Cordless Projectors work anywhere, anytime, without access to the power grid.

With recent improvements in technology “ like mini cameras and mini projectors “ everyone can use video as an educational tool, even without electricity. Our equipment uses alternative energy sources like solar power (or motorcycle batteries), so it can be used in areas with few electrical resources.

Lasting Impact with Support & Sustainability:

OMPT believes in experiential training when it comes to video. After the 4-day training, the in-country aid workers have their first videos in hand ready to put into the field. They are equipped and inspired to continue producing. Additionally, OMPT has a cadre of 1500 Local Video Trainers in 65 countries. These are video enthusiasts around the world who have opted-in to travel to OMPTs workshops in their own countries to act as workshop assistants and interpreters, and if requested, as on-going support for the in-country organization. Our gear has proven rugged and reliable, working well on the average for over 5 years.

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.