Support Local Tech to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

by Twende
Support Local Tech to Slow the Spread of COVID-19
Support Local Tech to Slow the Spread of COVID-19
Support Local Tech to Slow the Spread of COVID-19
Support Local Tech to Slow the Spread of COVID-19
Support Local Tech to Slow the Spread of COVID-19
Support Local Tech to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

For the past 3 months we have been working closely with the communities we donated tippy taps to by getting updates on how the tippy taps are being used and how they are being useful to them.

The general hygiene in schools has been improved which has made attendance rates higher because there are less cases of communicable diseases and the schools are reinforcing proper hygiene through the hand washing stations.

Our team will keep on working with them and even finding new ways to support these communities in the future through other programs.

We haven't had enough funds coming in for our COVID-19 cause so our production has been halted until we receive funding to do so.

We are hopeful that this cause will reach its target since the progress so far is impressive and through your continous support, we believe we will reach our goal of less COVID-19 cases.

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Mkonoo students using the tippy taps
Mkonoo students using the tippy taps

While continuing to take precautions against the spread of Covid -19, and many other communicable diseases, with the support we got from GlobalGiving, we managed to donate two handwashing stations (tippy taps) to a school called Mkonoo Secondary which is in Arusha, Tanzania where there is a scarcity of water as compared to other places. This station was identified during an outreach program after observing what the staff and students were going through to make promote hygiene and sanitation with little water at school. According to the history from school's health ambassador, the school has been practicing these health precautions even before the covid-19 outbreak that everyone around the school compass after using washrooms they were required by the school laws to wash hands before engaging in other activities, so there were water stations in all the angles for people to wash their hands.

The school has been incredibly grateful to receive this support and they have testified that the handwashing machines will be of beneficial use in ensuring hygiene, likewise the proper use of clean water. It’s our belief the two devices will be well utilized by the school staff by ensuring proper use and maintenance.

We thank you for supporting this project and we envision proceeding with this project by reaching out to other places that are at substantial risk of getting diseases accelerated by hand contamination, this includes public places such as markets, hospitals, and schools.

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Hello Twende Supporters

Thank you for your continued support in everything we have been doing. Your support has made us reach a number of people and empower them to become their own problem-solvers. Due to COVID-19, we had to find a way to slow the spread of the virus by making tippy taps and distribute them to public places and vulnerable communities.

Right now in Tanzania, people are ignoring social distancing rules and putting themselves in danger, because they know they need to continue working to earn money to survive. They are more worried about this than COVID-19. Tippy taps have served as a reminder that people need to observe public hygiene and sanitation, without them, the vulnerable communities that would have benefited form tippy taps will be overcome by hygiene related issues that themselves can create economic burdens in the future.

Through your support, we have made 20 tippy taps and distributed them to Faraja Center, a young women development organisation that serves more than 73 students, members of staff and visitors and Themi Health centre in Njiro, Arusha, a local health centre that serves the Njiro Community.

 

We still have the same list of next beneficiaries since we have not received funds since the last report. Instead, we have been working with the communities we donated the tippy taps to by gathering feedback on how useful the tippy taps are and if there are technical issues that need repair. We are proud to say that there have been no issues with the tippy taps and that they are being useful to them.

At Faraja Center, the community has found the tippy taps helpful and the management has made it possible by instilling the culture of continually washing hands and regularly filling the tanks with clean water. Due to this, there have been no COVID cases and fewer hygiene-related issues after the installation of the tippy taps.

Once we receive more funding in this project, we will make more tippy taps and donate them to Moivaro orphanage, Kiserian Primary School, Njiro Secondary School and Moivaro health centre.

Your support has made us achieve this milestone and I am looking forward to your continued support to make it possible for more communities to fight the virus and improving public hygiene.

We still need to cover more ground in this project which is why your donation  will be highly appreciated. 

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 projects and progress. You can find all this on FacebookLinkedInInstagram and our Website

From Twende with love,

Nzira and the team.

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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
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Location: Arusha - Tanzania, United Republic of
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John Nzira
Arusha, Tanzania, United Republic of
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