Kelvin Doe, the boy who learned electronics among the trash

For the best or for the worst, scrap metal has always been an important element in society. Although we are privileged, unfortunately for a majority there is a part of the population that continues to use it as a resource to survive. While some of us produce it, others enjoy it.

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Electronic waste, junk or whatever we want to call it, This is an opportunity to bring home the food of the day. Either by cutting and selling the components of any device, or by taking advantage of the parts that can be reused to create new tools.

This is the case of our protagonist Kelvin Doe, a 10-year-old boy who lived in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, whose poverty rate is, at best, severe. We will have to travel to the suburbs of the capital to learn Kelvin’s story and his particular way of acquiring skills that others do from books and classrooms.


Computer waste ends up in huge landfills in the poorest countries

The African continent is, by far, one of the most depressed and disadvantaged regions of the planet. The proof is the enormous quantities of waste which, year after year, end up abandoned in their landfills.

However, despite the assumption of a serious global pollution problemAlso allows certain people to develop a set of skills which, in our world, are normally acquired through study.

These are millions of people who wander daily among the waste in order to obtain materials that they can resell or reuse. Kelvin went further, marvel at the number of opportunities and wonders that he was and that they came from a world to which, for the moment, he still had no access.

We are talking about old televisions, computer monitors, computer motherboards and a long etcetera. electronic products that some saw as an opportunity to disassemble and resell, he visualized everything he could do if he combined them.

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Kelvin Doe, the little self-taught engineer

In 2006, barely 10 years old and increasingly curious, Kelvin scoured the junkyards for scrap metal while being completely amazed at the treasures he found along the way.from toys such as remote control cars to used vehicle batteries.

And, despite the fact that many believed that he devoted himself only to earning the food of the day as he did the rest, Kelvin was trying to combine and fix all these electronic components to give them a new use.

His enormous curiosity, added to the desire to learn and the possibility of reading a few elementary engineering books which he acquired at the community library in his neighborhood, allowed him to enter a world of which he would be totally addicted.

His self-taught spirit led him to increase his skills and knowledge exponentially. He no longer saw scrap metal as mere subsistence, but as an opportunity to create and help others.

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At 14, Kelvin surprises with his skills

In one of his conferences in Buenos Aires, Kelvin shared how he solved a communication problem in his community. The means at their disposal prevented the rapid and efficient transfer of information from one point to another.

It was impossible to send the information from one side to the other and I wanted to solve it”. Said and done. At just 14 years old, Kelvin built a radio station with which he would surprise acquaintances and strangers. Its success was such that the station itself became a meeting point in the neighborhood.

the Innovate Salone is an event that showcases the skills of high school students from across the country. In it was David Sengeh, a PhD student at MIT, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who fell in love with Kelvin’s skills and knowledge.

The decision was clear David asked Kelvin to tell his story to engineers and students across the United Statesso it was here that Kelvin’s career was launched, even taking part in their visitors program at just 17, which would make him the youngest in history to do so.

Lead a project to bring energy to your country

Months after its presentation and discovery in the United States, Kelvin offered to lead a group with which he was planning to bring electricity in the most remote and depressed regions of his country.

Thanks to solar panels and WiFi technology, The project aims to provide the most essential energy to improve the conditions of millions of people who find themselves in a situation of total and absolute poverty.

“We can all change. When I started, I had no resources. I had to push myself. My mother is the reason for my inspiration. I want to go back and help not only her, but my whole community.

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These are the words of Kelvin Doe who just turned 21. A young man who, through his curiosity and dedication to creating a better world, managed to call the conscience of societyallowing many people to benefit from their skills and motivation.

Currently, Kelvin is 25 years old and already has his own foundation, where he intends to promote projects like the one you just met for provide in Africa the same comforts and services that we are enjoying right now. You can learn more about him on his website.


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