Friday, May 22, 2020

Rhino at the Dzaleka Refugee Camp

Dzaleka Refugee Camp is situated in one of the poorest countries in the world - Malawi. It has existed for over 25 years and hosts about 40,000 refugees and asylum seekers.

A Burundian refugee, Remy Gakwaya, is a self-taught computer programmer. He rented a tiny room in the camp and with one computer started to teach computer programming skills. Later, they assembled a 3D printer, learned Rhinoceros and they are now sharing these skills with others in the camp. When the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, they immediately began designing and developing 3D-printed protective essentials such as face masks, face shields, and equipment for aid-workers or hospitals. 

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