The concept behind the energy-harnessing soccer ball was born in 2008 when Jessica O. Matthews worked on a project to invent the SOCCKET at Harvard University. From her experiences, Matthews founded New York social enterprise Uncharted Play in 2011 with a view to explore the world of play and how it can be used to tackle energy issues across the world.
In this video we hear from Nigerian local James Ajah Eiche who expresses beautifully the importance of light in a community such as his own.
“The most striking thing that we need in this environment is light,” he says in the video.
“Light is life”
Eiche goes on to explain why generators are not a safe option for communities where energy is not easily accessible and commends the social enterprise for an invention which not only keeps the smiles on the faces of the locals, but also addresses and issue which is impacting communities like his own, all across the globe.
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