Over the past months, we have all been coming to terms with a new reality. We have been learning how to interact differently: distancing ourselves physically while trying to maintain a sense of closeness in other ways. Our economies have been damaged. Badly. Most devastating of all, almost half a million lives have been lost.
Although COVID-19 is an indiscriminate disease, it has exacerbated the deep inequalities that already existed in our societies and around the world.
At Reach for Change, we have been asking ourselves: How will this crisis impact the futures of our children and youth? What does this mean for the progress the world has made in tackling global issues like poverty, hunger and inequality? What does it mean for the social entrepreneurs we support and their beneficiaries who are counting on them? And most importantly, what kind of world do we want to see emerge from this pandemic, and what role can we play as an organization in creating that world?
In Ethiopia the lack of soap for students is a huge issue. Ayatam has developed an innovative way to reuse soaps from hotels to provide to schools. Now more than ever extended access to soap is crucial for children to stay healthy.
Beautiful Minds (Ethiopia)
Schools in Ghana can’t ensure the health of their students due to poor sanitation. Samalex have developed a simple and affordable micro-flush toilets, and provide hand washing compartment promoting hygienic habits. With COVID-19 on the rise in the African region it’s crucial to make sure children stay safe and healthy in schools and environment where virus easily spreads.
Samalex Solutions (Ghana)
Regular access to clean water and proper sanitation is a big challenge for the city residents of Addis Ababa and the solution from Getachew will contribute to reducing the problem. They have developed a portable hand wash basin to accommodate between five to seven people at a time taking the required social distance when used. With support Getachew would be able to scale the solution and make sure more people benefit from it.
Getachew and Yebralem, Patented Creative Engineering (Ethiopia)
Kompis Sverige is a buddy program connecting established Swedes with newly arrived with the aim to build lasting friendship between peers in order to reduce cultural polarization and to combat exclusion in Sweden. Their activities and solution is based on physical meetings and gatherings. In the times of social distancing they realized they had to act quickly to respond to this new situation, and have now started offering online language course for newly arrived.
Kompis Sverige (Sweden)
“Unique Dance”, a dance organization for children with special needs, started last week with virtual dance classes on “Uniq Dance's” social network Facebook and Instagram accounts.She assures that there is no shortage of good spirits and positive emotions, even with digital dance, with about 20 people joining a lesson.
Unique Dance (Lithuania)
Our community of social entrepreneurs need support to quickly scale up and reach more people in need. We are now looking for partners to step in and support this work today. Most urgently, we are seeking companies and foundations who can donate at this critical time.
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