Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

If Lawrence of Arabia made you thirsty, then The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind will make you hungry

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

dsc_5626The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a book written by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer documenting William’s life growing up in Malawi, Africa. I was very familiar with Williams story  when I started reading this book but it still completely amazing not only telling the story of William accomplishments, but taking the time to explain some of the culture, which help me better understanding on how his actions would make people wonder if he was crazy.

William goes into great detail on the struggle for food in 2002 and how his family surveyed the lack of food and how they all coped with only spoonfuls of food a day. He builds a great narrative with his stories on how many people reacted during these hard times of chaos, corruption and dangers that faced many. It left me looking a food differently.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is not a depressing book, it is just painfully real in parts. It also does a great job of taking us through the main event of Williams process in learning and building a Windmill from scraps in a junk yard. The problems that he ran across building this and the success that it brought him.

William had been a bright light for me ever since I say his first talk on TED reminding me of the many amazing students that I had met in Tanzania. His 5 min talk at TED  (seen here >>) had brought me to tears and I made a connection between his story and the stories of the many studies I had met on my trip.

Eoin Vincent & William Kamkwamba
Eoin Vincent & William Kamkwamba

I was lucky to see William and Bryan at MIT last month and to hear more about his amazing story of bring electricity and so much more to his home and village. William and Bryan had a great sense of humor during their talk and there ability to take us through his struggles and victories was fascinating to listen to.

I highly recommend reading Williams book and hearing his talks, it will make you hungry to help and understand more.

You can read William’s Blog here http://williamkamkwamba.typepad.com/

Donations have begun

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

It has happened. I have created the circle back to Tanzania. Last week, I was very happy to final start wiring money back to some of the organizations in the book.
I have started with donations of $200 and I have addressed 4 of the groups so far.
Elimu
Shepherds Junior
Best Centre for the Blinds
Educare
I hope to do more soon, but I realize that I have a reprint of the book that might have to happen soon. I have also requested that everyone get back to me on how the funds have been used and this came back to me from Shija at Educare.

shijaDear  Eoin
Re: Funds being raised, I received .  thanks a lot for a fantastic work you done, Congratulation.  About our Educare programs, we still working in a hard situation, but we praise God that he enable us and we are continuing well. We established a orphanage project with kindergarten school, This is located at Kisongo about 10 km from Arusha town among the Arusha  -  Dodoma  road, after passing  Arusha airport.
This project, the aim is to provide education for those children who are orphans,  HIV / AIDS victims and those from poor families. We strive for maasai’s children and farmers  The effected number of students is 15, this is the minimum which we have, but maximum will be 30 to 40.  who are totally living in the orphanage. Those we provide food, medication, clothes, school materials
So, we have big needs. The money, will use for food, medication, clothes for orphans who are in orphanage  and to pay house rent. This will impact our children to be healthily, ability to be in class.

Thanks Eoin for good work.
Have a nice day.

Yours

Novat Shija
Educare coordinator

Eyes of Tanzania is now available online

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Eyes of Tanzania The book that I have been working on for over a year is now available at the TZA webstore. Please order your copy here >> and help support schools, orphanages and hospitals in the Arusha area of Tanzania.

“This effort was originally the idea of my then 11-year-old daughter, who thought that if she could help just one child get an education that she could make a positive impact in the world. Her wish sent me on a journey to Arusha, Tanzania, where I photographed eighteen different orphanages, schools, and hospitals, an effort that inspired me as I observed what people were doing to help each other, how dedicated they were to their work, and how strong their desire for learning was.” – Eoin Vincent

All of the profits from the sale of this book will go to the organizations that I visited to help support efforts so important to Tanzania’s future.

To order your copy >>>

Two weeks later

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

I am still hearing great things about the talk. Thank you all for the kind words and e-mails.

I wanted to give the two week update. So far we have raised $1790.00 from book and card sales!

Thank you everyone.

I will be meeting with the bank on Saturday to arrange wiring some of this money to the different groups.

More news soon. E

Hey, save this date, Eoin is going to be talking about us!

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

Kids of Nkoaranga

That’s right, the date has been set.

I will be doing a book signing and lecture at the Rockport Art Association.

April 15th at 7:00 pm at the RAA  http://www.rockportartassn.org/

The lecture will be free and open to all, it will also be the first time to be able to pick up a copy of Eyes of Tanzania.

My lecture is going to focused on a few of the schools, orphanages and hospitals that I visited. Complete with unpublished photos and stories and a short overview of some of the challenges faced during the trip as a modern photographer.

I hope to see you there.

The book update

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Hi everyone, sorry for not posting much and telling more of the stories of the trip.
I have been really busy after getting back from Japan. I will post more stories soon.

I have found a new process that I will be printing the book, I was very unhappy with the quality of the print and size of the page for the first printing process. Like everything there are trade off’s but I think this will be the best. I have to to do some work, resizing the pages (larger) and reworking some of the images. Hopefully, after that everything will speed up in the next week.

One step forward three steps back.

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

I received the book proof two nights ago.
When from a huge high to a huge low.
The cover image was distorted, blobby and the colour was off. The same image is used on the first page and it looks great. Then inside many of the photos are dark and flat. The depth and colour seems to be sucked out of them.

Next week I hope to find a new action plan for printing these books.

The box in my backseat

Saturday, July 5th, 2008

One of the hardest things about helping out in Tanzania is getting what is needed to the location. My case and point is in my backseat on my car (bound for my trunk by tomorrow) is a box of kids books that I collected. It is not a huge box, but a box of 40 or so kids book for the new school that BCB has set up for there kids. My issue is that it would take $80 dollars to send the books. $80! the books are not even worth that much,  there must be a cheeper way, but yet I have not found it and till then I fear the box will sit in my car.

This is frustration trying to help, and  sometimes it feel like I am being blocked at every corner.

Book Update & Limited Edition Prints.

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

The book is almost here. I have been working on the writing of the last chapter, the last couple of days. It is one of the harder parts of the book for me, finding the right words is so hard some times. I also have started reviewing the past chapters and found some places I need to clean up but it is getting really close. I am very thankful to my editor.

As part of the project, I am also issuing some limited edition prints from the book and trip. The photos are in editions of 150, signed and numbered with 50% of the sale is going directly to the schools, orphanages and hospital that I visited.

Take a look at the photo’s from Tanzania >>

St John’s

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007


The class rooms are so small at St John’s that often the kids take to the fire escape.

On Directing Film

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

I have started or should I say continued thinking about the stories that I will be photographing and filming in Tanzania. I really have no script for this trip, other than I know that I will be photographing a lot of orphanages. I often fear that it all might become to fragmented, but then again fragmentation can become a rhythm of miniature master pieces.

Years ago Andrew suggested me reading this book “On Directing Film” at the time I had put together a short film that missed target badly and I was in search of repair. I pick the book up today for the first time in a few years and started flipping threw it realizing that it was time to revisit this book and ideas and that the theory of directing film is similar to that of still photo’s.

To simplify, It all comes down to the story line, the feeling and editing.

To understand Africa you need to learn Africa

Friday, October 26th, 2007

I will be the first to tell you that I don’t know the complete story of the histories of the countries that make up Africa. Though there is nothing better than going to Tanzania and forcing yourself to learn something.
I feel lucky that Lisa picked up the book “Unbowed” the memoir of Wangari Maathai. What a great read, to learn about the changes of Kenya in the last 60 years (there have been many). She has a great story telling ability that makes want to reach out and learn more. Also, as a historian makes me want to cry at what we have-lost.

Stuck in the arm

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

Healthy Travel

Well, today was the day to go to the Travel Clinic and get my shots. I went to the clinic in Danvers and meet with Kathleen Tremblay R.N., F.N.P.-C. I would highly recommend this to anyone that is going on this type of trip, the whole crew there was fantastic and went over all possible issues and options that I have for medications and shots.

After five shots my arms feels like lead weights, but it is one more thing to check off the list.

Lisa also came back from Barn & Noble with this great book from Lonely Plane “Healthy Travel Africa”. So, It but be the be safe day on the road to TZA.