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Youth engagement on COVID-19 response in the community

Engaging unemployed and out-of-school youths on local production of affordable /re-usable face masks, sanitizers and hand-washing vessels

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AMURT intends to engage out-of -school and unemployed youth on local production and distribution of affordable face masks, hand sanitizers, handwashing vessels, and disinfectants. Through collaboration and private sector engagement, AMURT will support purchase of local raw materials and train youths on production of these items in groups. These will subsequently be sold at affordable rates to targeted vulnerable people. The need for these items will be continuous to maintain a sustainable business venture

What is the need are you focusing on?

Shortage and dire need for affordable/re-usable face masks, hand sanitizers and hand washing vessels amongst vulnerable populations living in informal settlements and the elderly

Which type of submission are you sharing?

  • Identifying a gap that needs to be addressed

Describe the business pivot or adaptation in 3-4 sentences.

AMURT intends to engage out-of -school and unemployed youth on local production and distribution of affordable face masks, hand sanitizers, handwashing vessels, and disinfectants. Through collaboration and private sector engagement, AMURT will support purchase of local raw materials and train youths on production of these items in groups. These will subsequently be sold at affordable rates to targeted vulnerable people. The need for these items will be continuous to maintain a sustainable business venture

Do you plan to implement this solution?

  • Yes

Describe the impact that this solution will create in the world.

The youth have significantly been affected with loss of jobs. Proposed solution intends to meaningfully engage at least 200 currently unemployed and out-of-school youths living in Nairobi’s informal settlements through groups. The solution will also ensure that these youths are in gainful and sustainable economic activities. Approximately 800 family members would directly benefit from this livelihood venture. Another estimated 20,000 people are also expected to benefit through door-to door distribution of the re-usable face masks, hand sanitizers, disinfectants and hand washing vessels. The solution will significantly promote, maintain and sustain healthy practices in targeted communities. This will include regular handwashing practices with soap, sanitizing, wearing face masks, social distancing, hygienic coughing and sneeze.

What is the name of your business or organization?

Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team (AMURT)

What does your business/company do? Whose needs does your business/company address? Who do you serve?

AMURT is a health-focused NGO registered in Kenya in 1993 and has made significant public health and development contributions in Kenya, implementing over 25 large public health programs. It runs 3 healthcare centres and 2 schools. The organization is currently working in 10 counties spread within Kenya. AMURT has supported over 3,000 community savings’ groups, whose membership are caregivers to orphans and vulnerable children. Over 2,000 stable IGAs for individuals have also been supported, training of 2,060 Adolescent Girls and Young Women on professional housekeeping, and placing 1,352 on jobs. AMURT addresses identified needs for targeted vulnerable populations that include adolescent girls and young women, youths, orphans and PWD

What is your profession?

Public health and development

Where are you located (country)?

Kenya

Where are you located (region)?

  • Eastern Africa

What industry is your business/company in?

  • Healthcare/Medical
  • Social Work

How many people does your business/company employ?

  • 50-249

How old is your business/company?

  • 10 or more years old

Which classification describes your organization/business?

  • Nonprofit/NGO

What kind of stakeholders and partnerships are needed to pursue this solution?

  • Funding- Grants
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Private Sector
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Government
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Civil Society Groups
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Grassroots/Community Groups

Do you need help building partnerships and finding partners?

  • Yes

If Yes to the above, please share 1-2 sentences describing the specific help you desire.

AMURT would specifically desire in securing partnership with private sector players that can support in acquisition of raw materials needed in making of re-usable face masks, hand sanitizers, disinfectants and hand washing vessels. AMURT would also need support in getting donor funding to effectively execute this solution.

What do you think are the main barriers to implementing this solution?

The main barrier would include inadequate funding to acquire requisite raw materials for local production of the items

If you are currently working on a pivot, what have you learned so far?

We have learnt that through proper structures and coordination, unemployed youths can meaningfully be engaged in local production of these items. At the same time, they can significantly support in improved health outcomes in the community through health education and distribution of hygiene materials to prevent COVID-19. We have also learnt that production of re-usable face masks, hand sanitizers, disinfectants and handwashing vessels can actually be done locally.

Are you aware of any open source efforts, hackathons or other collaborative efforts related to your solution? Are you participating in these efforts?

Yes. There are collaborative efforts by government of Kenya with private sector players and other stakeholders in coordinated response to COVID-19. This includes mass production of face masks, hand sanitizers and sensitization of general population about the disease. AMURT is complimenting Westlands sub-county COVID-19 response team, at health facility level and community level

Website URL

www.amurtafrica.org

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