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Innovative learning tool for Jordan’s deaf children
In Jordan, illiteracy affects 80 per cent of deaf children, many of whom don’t attend school. This impacts massively their lives, including their ability to access medical services and eventually, work. Martha was developed as a home-based interactive educational tool using visual cards to teach children to read and write in formal sign language and Arabic. Read more.
Digital platform to work
Twig is a job market platform that connects refugees with employment opportunities. Eighty-four per cent of Syrian refugees in Jordan live below the poverty line. Although there are labour market opportunities in the agricultural sector, there is limited access to information about available work and no established network for Syrians. Read more about Twig.
Affordable medicines for chronic conditions
Half of the 671,000 Syrian refugees living in Jordan have a family member with a chronic illness, such as diabetes or hypertension. And many are unable to access the medicine they need, because it is too expensive. Read how the Medicine Bank redirects close to end of shelf life medicines to pharmacies offering low-cost drugs to refugees in Jordan.
Transforming a commonplace weed into food and jobs in drought-stricken northeast Kenya
Mathenge Maisha is a unique start-up, which turns a common drought-resilient weed into nutritious low-cost flour. Currently, nearly one million Kenyans are at risk from starvation as a result of prolonged drought. The Garissa-based project plans to employ local people, particularly from vulnerable groups, to collect the pods produced by the weed to be ground down into flour.
Affordable housing from unbaked bricks
Over the past few years, hundreds of people have perished in building fires in Dhaka, the most densely populated city in the world. Read how an architecture student sought to use her skills to improve the living conditions of people in the slum areas.
Fortified feed for livestock during droughts
Drought Cure is a nutritious food brick that can be stored for long periods to sustain livestock during droughts, which recurrently plague the Horn of Africa. Devised by a farmers' cooperative from Marsabit in Northern Kenya, the brick is a lifeline for pastoralists in the region, who rely on livestock for their livelihood. Read more about Drought Cure.
Innovative women’s dairy making a splash in northeast Kenya
The Mt. Marsabit Dairy is a women's cooperative diary in Marsabit County, northern Kenya that sources dairy products from individual suppliers and applies cutting-edge production techniques to offer longer life, affordable dairy products. The dairy supports the most vulnerable members of the community, especially pastoralist women, to earn a livelihood through a structured micro-milk collection system.
Start Fund awarded responses: March
From flooding in Malawi and Afghanistan to a fire outbreak in Sierra Leone, the month of March saw five alerts activated and awarded funding.