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October 2009

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In SmallTalk this month ...

Light for Mrs Laura

Water powered computers

Gift of a Zeer Pot

Dear Supporter

As the autumn nights grow long and cold, imagine what life would be like without electricity. Activities we take for granted such as cooking, socialising and studying must be done in eye-strainingcandle light.

This is daily life for one in four of the world's population who don't have the easy access tolight & heatthat we are used to. We'rehelping communitiesharness natural power sources;bringing electricity and the benefits itoffers tosome of the poorest people around the world.Read on to findout more....

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Candle and the wind

Discover how life after dark in the Peruvian village of El Alumbre was transformed after Practical Action harnessed the power of wind to produce electricity. Now, every home plus the local school receives light.

We ask Mrs Laura how the introduction of electricity into her village has totally changed her family's life.

The connecting power of water

When we heard that a school in Sri Lanka was unable to pay the electricity bill for its new computer centre, we sought an alternative power source to keep the children and the community online.

Find out how apico hydro energy scheme has turned the school into a sustainable energy pioneer and halved its electricity bill in the process.

Give the gift of fresh food this harvest

Preventing fruit and vegetables from perishing in the Sudan sunshine used to be a daily struggle for Hawa Abbas. With the guidance of Practical Action, she now makes pottery refrigerators called zeer pots.

You can givethe gift of a zeer pot through our range ofPractical Presents and help others like Hawa store their precious food supplies.

Copenhagen countdown

Our latest climate change diary from Zimbabwe shows just how important the Climate talks in Copenhagen will be for people in developing countries.

In London on 5th December, we'll be joining tens of thousands of people in "The Wave" calling for world leaders to agree a deal that can stop climate injustice. Find out about our plans and how you can join us.

With best wishes,

Margaret Gardner
Communications Director

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Wind power benefits community
Pico powered computers
Practical Presents
Growing crops in arid climate

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