Mike On Purpose

Finding purpose in the twenty-first century

Benjamin Linder

Posted by mikeonpurpose on July 10, 2010

I ran across this blog entry from the other day that  talks about Benjamin Linder, an American who was murdered by the Contras in Nicaragua in 1987 while “working on a small hydroelectric dam to bring electricity to the northern Nicaraguan town of El Cuá, where he also participated in vaccination campaigns and used his skills as a juggler and unicyclist to entertain kids.”

According to one of the comments in that blog, his legacy lives on to this day.  His family created a memorial fund which later became an organization called Green Empowerment:

Green Empowerment provides technical, organizational, and financial support to local partner organizations in developing countries to construct community-based renewable energy systems associated with residential electricity, economic development, potable water, and watershed protection. They now work in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Peru, Ecuador, Burma, Malaysia, Thailand and The Philippines.


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