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Sep 3, 2020

Washing hands made easier by local tech!

Epifania handing tippy taps to Faraja Center
Epifania handing tippy taps to Faraja Center

Hello Twende Family,

It is with great excitement that I present good news from our Makerspace where magic has been happening. Since the breakout of COVID-19, our creativity trainer Chris has been busy designing and developing different technologies to slow the spread on the virus where he invited local artisans to help him as he developed the hand washing technology. The foot-operated handwashing technology emerged as the most successful technology.  At Twende, we call them tippy taps.

The process involved recruiting 5 local artisans who were trained to make and fabricate the tippy-taps which in turn turned out to be excellent and easy to use. 

We planned to distribute 130, tippy taps to public places in Arusha which include, orphanages, hospitals and market places. There has been a slight change in the plan and we have included underserved communities like non-profit community centres and public schools that can't afford the technologies in the market.

With your contribution thus far, we have the capacity to make twenty tippy taps and so far we have made ten of them and we have donated four. The communities that have benefited are Faraja Center, a young women development organisation that serves more than 73 students, members of staff and visitors, Themi Health centre in Njiro, Arusha, a local health centre that serves the Njiro Community.

We have identified Moivaro orphanage, Kiserian Primary School, NJiro Secondary School and Moivaro health centres as our next beneficiaries in this program. We are hoping this to be done in the next two weeks.

Dear Twende Supporter, it is through your help that we have been able to have this achievement that once seemed hard to attain. I commend your support thus far and I am thankful that you have chosen to walk this path with us. Please keep on walking with us as we make a life-changing impact in our community.

One last thing—sharing our project with your friends and family helps us spread the word about our work and continue to grow our community of supporters like you. If you’re willing to share the story of our work with your network, we’d be incredibly grateful. Watch this space as we will be bringing more project and progress. You can find all this on FacebookLinkedInInstagram and our Website

From Twende with love,

Nzira and the team.

Setting up the tippy taps at Themi Health Center
Setting up the tippy taps at Themi Health Center
Jul 6, 2020

We are still running our programs, thanks to you!

Build-it workshop with Huruma Orphanage Center
Build-it workshop with Huruma Orphanage Center

Hello Twende Family,

This is such a strange time for all of us but through it all, your support has kept us going. Since the coming of the COVID-19 pandemic, most of our programs came to a halt since most of our participants were school students. Schools were closed and social gatherings were discouraged and so were our workshops.

During the time where programs weren't running, Twende initiated a program in response to COVID-19 in which we planned to distribute 130 foot-operated handwashing stations in public places such as hospitals, market places and orphanages where there is a higher risk of contracting the virus. This means that our maker space was busy since our creativity trainer, Chris Mushi was always here to test and develop technology that will be used to address the pandemic, he also used this opportunity to mentor local artisans on how to make such technology.  To make these technologies available to the public, we posted a COVID-19 response project on GlobalGiving for people to  Support Local Tech to Slow the Spread of COVID-19. We will be grateful if you support the project as well.

After the economy was running and activities resumed, Twende opened its doors in June while adhering to all preventive measures. We managed to reach out to 80+ people from different parts of Arusha who attended different programs at different times. The programs attended include Build it workshops, Creative Capacity Building workshops and use of maker space.

During Build-it workshops, participants are introduced to basic scientific principles which they apply during the workshop. The programme encourages them to be more creative using basic creativity knowledge by bridging the gap between theory and application.

The aim of taking this program is to enable the community to solve existing problems, for example, the most popular build-it projects were the blackboard dusters, rubber squeezers, flashlights, solar phone chargers and spirit stoves. Twende teaches the group how to build one of these during a one-day program which they get to keep the items made for home/school/institution use.

Throughout this program, we managed to reach a total of 45 participants who requested to learn to make rubber squeezers to clean different places including washrooms, classrooms, dining rooms, corridors etc. instead of using pieces of cloth which is tiresome and takes a lot of time.

Through the Creative Capacity Building (CCB) workshop, we were able to reach a total of 52 participants including youth groups and farmers from different villages who started by learning the design process and practice hands-on activities by making useful projects like the maize cone sheller and a bottle opener out of a piece of flat bar, which they test and take home for use.

After two days of training, they get to brainstorm project ideas by referring to the technological problems they are facing in their communities then start designing the solutions by building simple prototypes. Some of the prototypes made include the smart jerk, roasted peanut skin peeler, a device to separate compost from plastic waste, a device that helps tyres get a grip when stuck in the mud, Maize harvester, maize planter, Beans thresher.

Despite the pandemic, Twende has been able to run all these programs and make an impact in our community. This has been made possible through your continued support.

Moving forward, Twende aims to pilot a Tech incubation program in which prototypes will be developed into marketable products so that they can be used to solve social challenges faced by the community. We will start with 3-5 prototypes that will undergo a series of testing and retesting until they are fit to hit the market. Your support has brought us this far and we hope we walk together as we aim to have more local technological solutions to local challenges.

Happy faces as students completed their project
Happy faces as students completed their project
Creative Capacity Building workshop in progress
Creative Capacity Building workshop in progress
Creative Capacity Building workshop in progress
Creative Capacity Building workshop in progress
Mar 4, 2020

STARTING 2020 WITH A HIT!

Motor powered vegetable cutter
Motor powered vegetable cutter

The last 3 months have gone too fast with its bits of challenges but Twende family has been able to work hand in hand with different schools and partners as always to reach its s goal of sparking innovation in young minds, the workshop has been filled with smiles from students across Arusha.

So far we have worked with almost 200+ people through the programs that are happening at Twende including LED Outreach, Build its and Creative Capacity Building (CCB). Among these programs, participants were engaged in making different kinds of stuff for their daily use for example students got to make rubber squeezers and the blackboard dusters to be used by their schools instead of school buying them.

We have reached 105 students through LED outreach, where we got to spread the word of Twende and let them light the LED and get to review Ohms law practically as many schools especially public schools don’t have laboratories and tools/materials for practical sessions. Then interested students get to sign in for other Twende programs particularly Build It which makes the total of 65 who come to Twende to build different things including blackboard dusters, rubber squeezer and other electronic tools like flashlights, solar phone charger and many others.

We also worked with groups of street youths and women groups (50 in total) through Creative Capacity Building (CCB) program where they get through design cycle for three days, then get to list several challenges they wanted to work out solutions for the betterness of their lives in the near future. Some of the projects out of this include vegetable cutting machine, blackboard chalk mould, liquid soap mixer, wax pressing machine, coconut oil extractor, food warmer and transporter container etc.

As we also offer a working space and we received people with their innovative project ideas who wanted to prototype them. For example, currently, we are working with students from Tumaini Senior Sec School who are working on the electric generator which will collect power from motorbikes and store to be used for other purposes example lighting. They get to apply for the competition organized by the Government so they asked for support in terms of working space, Technical, presentation tips.

 We also received visitors and volunteers/interns who came for different purposes like learning, experience sharing, knowing and understanding what Twende does and also helping Twende to grow further in one way or another.

Conclusion: it has been a fruitful Quarter, reaching out to students and communities like never before, partnering with different organizations and schools such as Aga Khan University, Fues Foundation Mwandet Secondary School and Senda Success who also promised to work with us on holiday and weekend basis.

Conversion of mechanical into electrical energy
Conversion of mechanical into electrical energy
 
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