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Feb 19, 2019

Built Its, LED Trainings, CCBs and plenty of fun!

West Kilimanjaro simple cart that fetches water
West Kilimanjaro simple cart that fetches water

Hey Twende Community!

It’s a brand new year, and we are so close to finishing our project goal! We are so excited and cannot thank you all enough for making this happen! Twende may be a small community here on the ground, but it expands to a movement here. You are all so appreciated!

We have had the pleasure of interacting with plenty of youth aged between 13 and 35 these couple of months (299 to be exact, with 146 of them being female)! It has been an experience seeing all these participants experience Twende through our various programs.

In our Creative Capacity Building program, we worked with 25 girls and 10 boys. The 25 girls are form IV graduates from a Maasai community in West Kilimanjaro. After finishing their secondary education, the girls have been heavily involved with agriculture and small businesses like making and selling jewellery as a means of generating income. The group was a pleasure to work with as they are hard workers who managed the activities really well and with ease. They were very excited to make things like the cone-shaped maize sheller and simple chairs as these were things that directly relate to their daily life.

The other group consisted of 10 boys who participated in the same Creative Capacity Building activities, particularly taking a deep interest in creating electronic-based technologies and produced wonderful, useful technologies.

The groups together were able to make a series of projects, including a simple cart to carry water across long distances, an automated padlock and the fire detector. These projects are progressing and will be tested as more prototypes are made, whilst ready products like the cart are already in use in the West Kilimanjaro community!

 We have also had other programs running. We usually implement short LED training (involved introduction to electric circuits and the basic functions of resistors, diodes, capacitors, etc.) at various schools, and this is followed by a Build It session at Twende if the school and the kids are further interested in building the innovative skills they obtained from the LED Training. We were happy to receive 98 girls and 122 boys from different schools are interested in taking the LED Training. They were able to see other examples of what other kids from other schools made and practised making circuits and Ohm’s Law using vivid examples. The aim of doing this is to get the kids to see just how easy it is to transform knowledge studied in class to a real-life situation.

From these LED Training, we had 10 girls and 19 boys then opt to participate in our Build It program after showing great interest in the LED training in their respective schools. Every student built a flashlight and got to take it home at the end of the day. The Build It program is a three-day training where the kids get to make different technologies they can take home, and on the last day, the kids come up with their own technology that will help them solve a problem they saw at home, school, or community.

It has been awesome fun, and we are excited to hold more of these programs as we start to prepare for the Jamii Technology Program that will be held once again this summer. We are able to do these programs because of your generosity and belief in what we stand for at Twende; a better Tanzania with our own problem solvers in the community. Don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter and follow us on our social accounts (Facebook and Instagram) or watch our GlobalGiving organization page.

 

Warmly,

Ellie & the Twende team

 

Fire detector prototype #1
Fire detector prototype #1
LED Training session - full circuit!
LED Training session - full circuit!
Chris showing the kids how to make a basic circuit
Chris showing the kids how to make a basic circuit
The kids get to take home their torches
The kids get to take home their torches

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Nov 21, 2018

Ending The Year With Youth Camps!

Wheelchair taken for testing at the community
Wheelchair taken for testing at the community

Hey Twende Folks!

Wow, the year is almost over! And as we close we remember all the help we have received from this community. It has been such a great journey watching all sorts of folks from all backgrounds coming together to make this work, to bring ideas to life and walk with us towards our goals. Thank you so much, everyone.

This quarter started off with the last weeks of the Jamii (Community) Technology Program, where the students presented their project stages for the last time at Twende before they are taken for testing, with hopes that the groups will continue to work on the next prototypes of their project. The wheelchair also managed to find itself in a few youth events and exhibitions where it caught the attention of both the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Science and Education, which is pretty awesome! We hope that their new connections through the people they have impressed will also potentially fund their wheelchair’s next prototypes and final product.

 

We have also had the pleasure of working with a young, wise 13-year-old student who has brought a lot of ideas on board at the workshop and is working on a survey of whether he should make a local bicycle he calls “The Rounder”. This bicycle will be made entirely of scraps and recycled material, ranging from plastic bags to metal frames from thrown away bikes. The Rounder will also exhibit cool facilities such as a cup holder and a roof for rainy days! More on this in a couple of months!

 

As we get closer to the end of the year, we become excited about our youth camps that happen in December. We are currently selecting our students for this year’s series of Creative Capacity Building program and reaching out to more schools about the benefits of building the innovative side of children while they are still learning.

 

Twende loves new students coming in all the time and we like to encourage them to create technologies. We believe this generation has so much potential and are the future of a better Tanzania, one that solves is own problems with innovation. In the next few months, we will have more creative capacity building programs and continue to follow up on how individual projects are doing as well as continue to work on our new project. We love that you continue to support us and keep track of what we are up to. Do sign up for our newsletter and follow us on our social accounts (Facebook and Instagram) or watch our GlobalGiving organization page.

Remember, we do this because you help us. Thank you so much!

Warmly,

Ellie & the Twende team

Ellie giving JTP certificates.
Ellie giving JTP certificates.

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Aug 27, 2018

Launch of the Jamii (Community) Technology Program

Banana peeler prototype testing. Exciting times!
Banana peeler prototype testing. Exciting times!

Hello Twende Community!

We continue to be blown away by your appreciation and generous contribution to what we do here at Twende. It has been such a wonderful journey seeing so many young people come into Twende and materialize their solutions to real problems they see and/or experience in their communities. It all happens with your help so thank you very much!

This quarter we did a lot of work with youth within the local community, alongside with the Creative Capacity Building,  During this time, colleges, universities and similar institutions close for a couple of months and so there are a lot of youth doing internships or at home keeping themselves busy. Twende thought this would be a superb time to introduce our Jamii Technology Program (JTP). JTP brings local youth as well as international youth together with a specific community, and together they team up to identify a specific problem within that community that they can solve together using their innovative ideas and abilities. These innovative technologies are created from scratch in hope to go through many prototype phases and finally a finished product that can be used by the community it was created to help.

We were lucky to get a group of ten youths, of which nine out of ten were Tanzanian and one was from the US. After a week of our traditional Creative Capacity Building session that introduced the youth to what Twende is about and all the machines and equipment in our maker space, they divided up into three groups and each was taken to a community in order to identify a problem and work with them to find an innovative solution. We were graced with four great ideas that were a wheelchair for kids with cerebral palsy, a banana peeler, a sunflower seed thresher and a paper-bag maker. Over the weeks we saw drawings turn into very impressive prototypes!

One of the ideas that have really caught the attention of many was the wheelchair for kids with cerebral palsy. The team of three (Colman, Eamon, and Goodluck) presented their first prototype in one of Twende’s other pilots called MakerSoko that is a physical exhibition that we hope to do annually as well as an online platform that will help showcase innovative technologies to the rest of Tanzania and the world! Their wheelchair, known as Kyaro Wheelchair (Kyaro means Safari or journey in Chagga, a tribal language in North-east Tanzania), got so much attention that they were invited to exhibit it at the International Youth Week Exhibition and further still in a Government Youth Center in Tanga later on in the year. It has been so exciting seeing how their technology not only showed to be important for the community they were making it for but that perhaps after a few more prototypes it could help the entire nation. The team is already working on their second prototype.

Twende loves to celebrate the creativity and innovative abilities of our youth and are so excited to see where all the projects will end up. We believe this generation has so much potential and are the future of a better Tanzania, one that solves is own problems with innovation. In the next few months, we will continue to follow up on how individual projects are doing as well as continue to work on our new project. We love that you continue to support us and keep track of what we are up to. Do sign up for our newsletter and follow us on our social accounts (Facebook and Instagram) or watch our GlobalGiving organization page.

This would not have been possible without you. Thank you so much!

Warmly,

Ellie & the Twende team

Team paper-bag maker prototype presentation
Team paper-bag maker prototype presentation
Kyaro Wheelchair at the MakerSoko exhibition
Kyaro Wheelchair at the MakerSoko exhibition

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