Today, 70 million people around the world are displaced or live as refugees. This number will grow exponentially in the coming years.
To.org Foundation has been working to address the crisis of displaced people, deconstructing the humanitarian industrial complex to build a new action-oriented approach properly equipped for the insurmountable challenges that lie ahead.+ Read More
Testing. Uniting. Empowering.
But now, with COVID-19 rapidly spreading around the world, even the most stark projection models may be thrown out the window. Our pace of innovation must rapidly increased.
With your generous support, we have partnered with local entrepreneur incubator, Opportunigee, and @we.are.alight – as part of the grassroots solutions for the #TOGETHERFUND campaign – to put the power of action into the hands of refugees themselves to protect their own communities.
A simple, yet revolutionary concept.
The results for Nakivale Refugee Settlement are immediate, our revolutionary approach could completely change the way the crisis of human displacement is addressed throughout the world.
At 61 years old, Nakivale Refugee Settlement is the oldest continuously operating refugee settlement in Africa, home to more than 100,000 people from at least 8 African nation states. Opened in 1958, the 71-square-mile camp has grown to become a pan-African city in its own right.
In many ways, Nakivale’s rooted presence and open space in Uganda provides the perfect R&D platform for our new empowerment approach. Along with Alight, we have partnered with a local refugee entrepreneur incubator, Opportunigee, to launch new projects and form new alliances. This unified effort combines the resources and knowledge of the international community with the creative ingenuity of Nakivale innovators and entrepreneurs, establishing a new best practices model for inspiring positive change in collaboration with local communities in environments such as Nakivale.
Over the past month, as international and domestic travel has shut down, local leaders in Nakivale have purchased their own vehicles for transporting goods, while local innovators have been building hand washing stations and making protective gear for widespread distribution.
Hand Washing Stations
With hand washing being one of the most critical COVID-19 defense measures to be implemented throughout the world, rural populations throughout Africa and elsewhere have resorted to the use of jerrycans where fixed taps risk spreading infection.+ Read More
So far, this collective has designed and fabricated 52 modified-pedal hand washing facilities, ensuring that residents and those working in Nakivale’s administrative and healthcare centers can safely wash their hands throughout the day.
The usage of face masks has become widespread as an effective preventative measure against the spread of COVID-19.+ Read More
In an effort to further protect the communities in Nakivale, we have worked with the Kigali Women’s Group to produce 3,000 masks. Production is ongoing to create another 3,000 face masks with this group, as well as 6,000 with the Opportunigee group, totaling 12,000 masks.
Hand washing with soap and water is one of the easiest ways to limit the spread of COVID-19, and an action that most of us have taken for granted.+ Read More
A women’s group run by Daniella has been producing a soap that can be used both for laundry and for hand washing. They have produced and distributed 8,000 bars of this soap, to 1,000 families, ensuring that Nakivale’s refugee residents can perform the simplest self-protection against COVID-19