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

Since Covid -19 has been a continuous pandemic outbreak, there has been a continuous follow up to make sure the measures are progressively taken including hand washing culture, sanitizer and other disinfectants to make sure the safety is easily maintained.

 Twende has played a role on following up with some of the institutions( mostly schools) that have donated the pedal powered washing devices to make sure they are still in use and to encourage the use of them while educating the importance of continuously taking precautions like putting on their face masks every time and so on.

Referring to what Twende does , that we train different people time after time we are trying different approaches of making sure all the precaution measures are taken while training is taking place. We avail required facilities including face masks, sanitizers and hand washing devices and encourage everyone to use them .

It is through your continued support that we have made it this far and we appreciate it.

We will keep you posted on the prospects of using locally made tech to slow the spread inf COVID-19.

Warm Regards,

Epifania and the Twende Team

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As the waves come in and go, strict directives from the government and campaigns to slow the spread if the virus, one thing has been making strides and improving livelihoods; Technology. Local technology has played its part in making a positive impact on public health in Arusha.

Through the foot-operated hand-washing stations developed in our makerspace, over 700 people have found them useful and helpful as they carryout their activities in school or at a health centre.

Due to slow progress on donations, we have not made any tippy taps in the past 3 months. we have repaired only one which had a loose pedal due to overuse. The users are grateful for havig them and we wish to distribute more to as many public schools and health centres as possible.

It is through your continued support that we have made it this far and we appreciate it.

We will keep you posted on the prospects of using locally made tech to slow the spread inf COVID-19.

Warm Regards and Happy Holidays,

Nzira and the Twende Team!

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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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Location: Arusha - Tanzania, United Republic of
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Project Leader:
John Nzira
Arusha, Tanzania, United Republic of
$1,795 raised of $11,050 goal
12 donations
$9,255 to go
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