When children push them during recess, a turbine creates energy with which schools recharge batteries to light LED lanterns for as long as 40 hours. The kids then take home the lanterns and gain the badly needed study time. EPI installed its 45th Merry-Go-Round last year, and started donating hands-on science and library-starter kits to participating schools — as well as offering high school scholarships to girls who pass their exams in these villages.
A lot of education comes through play.
"I dreamed this up, and it has worked out better than my dreams," Markham says. "Several of these villages have never sent a kid to high school, and are now starting to send one or two a year. Imagine the impact over time."