Help Tanzanian Youth Make Tech to Help Themselves

by Twende
Help Tanzanian Youth Make Tech to Help Themselves
Help Tanzanian Youth Make Tech to Help Themselves
Help Tanzanian Youth Make Tech to Help Themselves
Help Tanzanian Youth Make Tech to Help Themselves
Help Tanzanian Youth Make Tech to Help Themselves
Help Tanzanian Youth Make Tech to Help Themselves
Help Tanzanian Youth Make Tech to Help Themselves
Help Tanzanian Youth Make Tech to Help Themselves
Ebenezer school pupils enjoying the LED session
Ebenezer school pupils enjoying the LED session

We have countless reasons as to why 2022 will be a wonderful year. Is it the fact that 5-year-olds could assemble an LED light or the fact that form four graduates could make cardboard prototypes? It’s that and more.

Throughout this quarter, we managed to reach out to 198 people from different parts of the Arusha region through our programs namely creative capacity building, build it program STEM outreaches, and the use of maker space.

STEM OUTREACHES

Twende reaches out to schools and other institutions to introduce young people to the idea of creating technologies. Some of the participants sign up for the programs which are held in our workshop.

Since the opening of schools, we were able to meet 142 students from different schools stimulating their ability to use STEM in school and daily activities with an emphasis on innovation and prototyping.

The students were able to assemble and light LED flashlights.

BUILD-IT PROGRAM

We worked with 30 students in 2 different workshops in which the first one the students made rubber squeezers (mopper) and the second one flutes for their music lessons.

Among the skills learned were measurement, cutting, drilling, and pasting. We are confident that the skills learned will help them in making and repair of basic items and devices at home and at school. We believe that they will use the skills in solving different problems in relation to making and mending.

CREATIVE CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAM

We had a special opportunity to work with 20 form-four graduates from various schools as they are waiting for their results. This vibrant group of students was exceptional because they were sharp and eager to learn. The solutions they brought to the table include a paper folding machine, woodchopper, groundnut sheller, and a glass recycling machine. They ended up making cardboard prototypes due to the limited resources we had but we are striving to raise more funds to develop them further and if possible be incubated in our tech incubation program.

USE OF THE MAKER SPACE

The aim of reaching out to schools and institutions is to invite more people, especially the youth to utilize the resources available to make, repair, and innovate. Other users are our program’s alumni and community members. Due to this, our maker space has been busy due to the development of different projects such as automatic handwashing machines, maize thresher a plastic recycling machine, and other school projects. Most of these projects have been developed from the first prototype to a better one. Furthermore, there are some of the projects such as maize thresher has been developed up to a product state.

UPCOMING

1. Women in hardware tech. Twende is organizing a Creative Capacity Building (CCB) workshop specifically for women between 12 – 35 years of age with the aim of developing more female innovators and fostering more technologies.

2. Jamii Tech Incubation Program. This is a 12-week (June - August, 2022) design program that connects international teams to do a context-driven design with & for members of the Tanzanian community.
Teams consist of one Tanzanian community partner, a young Tanzanian designer, and an international design or engineering student. The trio collaborates over a solution to a problem identified by the community partner. Teams are supported by Twende and other mentors, who guide them through a semi scaffolded process, beginning with understanding the needs of their community partners and ending with an implementable and adaptable solution.

More information about the program can be found here.

To support this program, please donate to our GlobalGiving project: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/help-tanzanian-youth-make-tech-to-help-themselves/

Please contact us through info@twende-tanzania.org for more details about the program, registration, and sponsorship.

The reason we do what we do and more is through your continuous support. We are changing lives of Tanzanians, one Innovation at a time and we can not thank you enough for your support. It is through your contribution that we are getting closer to our vision of more local technological solutions to local challenges.

Thank you so much (Asante Sana!)

Nzira and the Twende team

Boy having fun while making a rubber mop
Boy having fun while making a rubber mop
Form 4 graduates in the makerspace
Form 4 graduates in the makerspace

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Mr Chris leading a Build-It workshop at Orkolili
Mr Chris leading a Build-It workshop at Orkolili

Twende - Orkolili Satellite Center in Kilimanjaro.
On the 13th of August 2021, Twende successfully launched a satellite center in Orkolili Secondary School. The aim of having the center in Kilimanjaro is to extend our reach to the communities around the region by empowering them through our workshops and providing access to the makerspace and technical support
Our team met community members from Ormelili, a village near the school, who showcased different, useful technologies they have been creating and will further improve them through the Twende – Orkolili Center. We had students from 8 schools who joined the event too and after learning about what we do, they are planning to work with the center on a 'build it program'. One of the activities our team demonstrated was creating a bottle opener. We engaged with the participants with the aim of giving a clear understanding of how we do these activities during trainings at our headquarters. Apart from our demonstrations, there were other exhibitions of different projects introduced by the students and communities that attended the launch. It was a very positive and insightful day as everyone who attended and hosted gained an understanding with regards to local technology and innovation.
Virtual Youth Exposition Day - Innovators Showcase run by Twende
Twende was honored to partner with the Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete Foundation (JMKF) to organize and run the Innovator’s showcase as part of the Virtual Youth Exposition Day-2021. Five of our innovators got the opportunity to showcase their tech and demonstrate how they are transforming the food systems and 2 innovators (Alfred Chengula and Jesse Oljange) won in the Food Processing category.
JMKF’s mission is to work with governments and other stakeholders to bring about progressive change which is in line with Twende’s mission to empower people to design and make their own technologies to solve community challenges.
Creative Capacity Building
We conducted 1 creative capacity building workshop with the Habari Maalum College students and managed to get 23 participants and a few members of staff attended.
Half of the workshop took place at the Habari Maalum campus and the rest at Twende after realizing that it was easier working on projects in the workshop than in classroom. The program was partially paid to subsidize material cost and the projects introduced were Cooking gas gauge, solar heater, and an automatic drip irrigation system.
As students did not have a mechanical engineering background, it was difficult to develop their ideas and so their teacher suggested leaving the prototypes at the first phase and improve them later.
Build-It Workshop
Twende reached out to 38 students at Likamba Integrity School located in Kisongo for the Build it program. The students made 20 rubber squeezers for cleaning their school. We met the priest of the church led school who was impressed by the program and asked if there were programs for elders too. We are looking forward to introducing creative capacity building to the Likamba community.
The 2021 Jamii Tech Program
The Jamii tech program commenced on the 16th of August and is ongoing.
Twende accommodated 9 graduates from 6 universities (Sokoine University of Agriculture, University of Dar es Salaam, Mbeya University of Science and Technology, Arusha Technical College, National Institute of Transportation and Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology). Among the projects that came out this year and the past JTP programs, 4 were selected to be incubated. The projects that will be incubated are Maize sheller and thresher, Plastic chopper, palm oil extractor and potatoes peeler. The projects selected have a high demand in the communities where these participants come from. From this, we have seen the effort and passion the innovators have put into these projects.

Through continuous support, we have been able to go beyond our makerspace walls and beyond our expectation. it is through your contribution that we are getting closer to our vision of more local technological solutions to local challenges.

Thank you so much (Asante Sana)!

Nzira and the Twende team


 

Celebration during the launch of Orkolili Centre
Celebration during the launch of Orkolili Centre
Jamii Tech students working on their prototype
Jamii Tech students working on their prototype
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The chapati making machine made by TGFT
The chapati making machine made by TGFT

The past three months have been filled with workshops, exhibitions, and fascinating technologies. We have been fortunate enough to form stronger partnerships, work with more participants, and starting our initiative of bridging the gender gap by introducing the WIL (Women Innovating Locally) program in which we include more than 60% female participants in our workshops.
In the past quarter, we had the opportunity to work with Okoa New Generation, Notre Dame, FUES Foundation, The Girls Foundation of Tanzania, and Senda success.
Creative Capacity Building
In April, we worked with The Girls Foundation of Tanzania (TGFT), a team of 7 amazing and creative ladies who took part in the Creative Capacity Building workshop (CCB) and the program was a success. They made three prototypes that include the chapati maker, a weeder, and a fish scale shredder. These technologies have not just made them more creative but have made housework easier.
We also worked with Notre Dame, an Institution in Arusha, managed by The Society of the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame, Tanzania.
A group of five ladies designed and made the ugali cooker. This has become a profoundly serious challenge to cooks especially women and all those who prepare ugali in high quantity in public institutions like hospitals, schools etc.
They managed to build a simple ugali cooker prototype that is Motor powered, and it works very well. It has been hard for people to prepare ugali because of the effort that it needs. It is a project that most innovators and participants have been avoiding but these resilient and creative girls made it possible.

Build-Its
Senda Success has played an instrumental role in our Build-It workshops since we co-organized a session of 8 days in which 20 students from various schools got together to learn how to make different devices. In the 8 days of learning, the students were able to make mini wardrobes, water pumps, electric sensors, and flashlights.

Tech Incubation: Twende Technologies being awarded first place in MAKISATU.
The ongoing incubation program has proved to be successful since the Sunflower thresher, emerged first place in the National Competition of Science, Technology and Innovation well known as MAKISATU (Mashindano ya Kitaifa ya Sayansi Teknolojia na Ubunifu) in the informal sector category. Pius and Leonard are the innovators behind this technology, and they have big plans for their business. With the business mentorship from KAKUTE, we are confident that they will grow into a successful business.

Summary

Number of people reached: 472
Creative capacity building workshops: 4
Build it workshops: 7
Mentorship and technical advice: 4
Prototypes made: 16

It is because of your support that we have been able to make it this far. We appreciate your contribution to this cause. Please stay connected through our social media for regular updates.

Thank you so much (Asante Sana)!

Nzira and the Twende team 

Pius (Sunflower Thresher) receiving his award
Pius (Sunflower Thresher) receiving his award
Build-It students making a mini wardrobe
Build-It students making a mini wardrobe
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Pupils Celebrating After a Build-It Workshop
Pupils Celebrating After a Build-It Workshop

Our Workshop never ceases to make Magic and this time around it hasn't been any different. 

We have hosted a number of youths through our Creative Capacity Building workshops, the incubation program and pupils through our build-it workshops. Saying our workshop is always busy is cliche since it has always been.

The incubation Program invited 9 amazing engineering students from different parts of  Tanzania who were passionate about developing the prototypes that were once made and left in our workshop. They underwent 3 months of intensive prototyping that led to the fruition of 3 technologies namely; the Winnower, the Sunflower Thresher and the Coconut Oil Extractor.

The amazing job done by these youths is remarkable because these technologies have reached a promising stage in which one (the winnower) already has customers even before mass production.

As part of the incubation program, our students/ innovators underwent a business workshop tailored specifically to equip them with the right skills and knowledge for them to turn their technologies into a sustainable business. We are hopeful that what has happened so far will lead to excellent businesses and ventures.

The Creative Capacity Building (CCB) workshop always has led to the birth of fascinating technologies and the ideas keep on emerging and materialized.

We  conducted two creative capacity building workshops with two different groups of youth who were sent by two partner organization (FUES Foundation and OKOA Generation). These two groups brought different project ideas which are still being worked upon in the early prototyping stage.

The project ideas includeWax mixing device, eggs collector, Dumpling steamer, Irish potatoes peeler and cutter, Vegetable and fruits solar drier, chicken plucker, maize thresher and coffee peeler.

The youths who took part in this workshop were so dedicated that they even came to develop their technologies weeks after the training. This shows how the youth have been inspired into becoming the change our communities do.

Our work is really never done until there is excitement from the young ones after they achieve making new devices. In December 2020, we worked with students aged 8-13 from different schools around Arusha who spent 10 days learning to make different devices like flashlights, battery phone chargers, rubber squeezers and blackboard dusters. After the program, their parents were impressed because the students could actually make the devices they were taught to make. We have also reached out to numerous schools with our LED intro program and they were excited to do more.

The reason we do what we do and more is through your continuous support. We are changing lives of Tanzanians, one Innovation at a time and we can not thank you enough for your support. It is through your contribution that we are getting closer to our vision of more local technological solutions to local challenges.

Thank you so much (Asante Sana!)

Nzira and the Twende team

 

Students testing an LED Torch during an outreach
Students testing an LED Torch during an outreach
The CCB participants testing a dumpling maker
The CCB participants testing a dumpling maker
Testing of the Sunflower Thresher
Testing of the Sunflower Thresher
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Epifania with students in a build-it workshop
Epifania with students in a build-it workshop

Hi Twende Family,

I am delighted to write to you and update you with what has been happening at Twende. I hope that you and your families are healthy and keeping safe.

In this quarter, through your support, Twende was able to reach out to 80+ people from different parts of Arusha who attended different programs at different times.

Our programs have been diverse in many ways. We have gone beyond the walls of our makerspace (karakana) and we have been able to reach people in rural Tanzania as well. We have conducted 3 programs outside the Twende workshop that have been fruitful and a huge relief to the participants who were unable to visit the makerspace but the Makerspace also played its usual magic and hosted many programs, participants and visitors and in one way or the other given birth to impressive technologies made from the Creative Capacity Building Workshops, Build-It workshops, the Jamii Technology program and technical mentoring and advice.

We reached out to 25 secondary students through Dorcas, our partner organization working to help local youths by providing opportunities to learn different things to sustain their lives. This group got to learn how to build a bottle opener from a recycled piece of flat bar and made something they can add value and turn it into a business. Apart from making the bottle opener, they also got recycling ideas by seeing what others have done in terms of rubbish recycling, for example, the spirit stove made out of soda cans, flashlight out of recycled water bottles, and blackboard duster from small pieces of wood etc.

Thereafter, we conducted a Creative Capacity Building workshop which invited youths from different parts from Arusha, including some from the Arusha Technical College, as well as community members who joined to share ideas and get to build useful and workable prototypes which are to solve community challenges. This gave the students the opportunity to practice what they learnt in school by putting into reality and also the community and local youths learnt from them through sharing knowledge.

This quarter has been so fruitful that we have piloted the long-awaited Tech Incubation Program where we have started developing 3 prototypes into successful and saleable products. In this pilot, 3 technologies are undergoing prototyping and testing where the champions are teamed with young passionate professionals who'll work together to bridge the technology gap and eventually build a final product.

Apart from calendar programs, we also participated in some big exhibitions including Nanenane which was of great success as we reached many potential people who showed interest in our programs.

In terms of inspiring innovation, we hosted a chapter meeting which aimed to reunite all the Twende alumni to get to know and learn from each other whereby almost all of our innovators shared their progress and success stories and also got feedback on areas of improvement.

Twende also had a role to play in slowing the spread of COVID-19 where we made and donated 10 tippy taps to different public spaces and the project is still up on GlobalGiving (https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/support-local-tech-to-slow-the-spread-of-covid-19/) please support this project to strengthen public hygiene and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Through continuous support, we have been able to go beyond our makerspace walls and beyond our expectation. it is through your contribution that we are getting closer to our vision of more local technological solutions to local challenges. 

Thank you so much (Asante Sana)!

Nzira and the Twende team 

Chris (trainer) demonstrating in a build-it class
Chris (trainer) demonstrating in a build-it class
Jamii Tech Program in session
Jamii Tech Program in session
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