A nine-year-old Kenyan boy has earned himself a presidential award after he created a wooden hand-washing machine that allows users to tip a bucket of water using a foot pedal to avoid touching surfaces to reduce COVID-19 Coronavirus infections.
Stephen Wamukota lives in an area where PPE and Sanitization equipment isn’t really abundant. And he came up with the idea after learning on TV about ways to prevent catching the virus.
Kenya has reported more than 2,000 cases of Covid-19 but Stephen and his family live in Mukwa village, in Bungoma country, in western Kenya, which has not reported a single case of the virus yet. But Stephen’s father, James Wamukota, worries that it could still come to his area. If they can keep hands washed without touching contaminated surfaces; it might help prevent cases from spreading in their community if it does arrive.
James said that he had picked up some wood to make a window frame, but when he came home from work one day he found that his son had built the machine. Rather than being upset about it; James helped his son tighten it up and expressed his pride in the work.
It turns out that Stephen watched his dad, who repairs electronic goods for a living, and learned his trade enough that he was able to build this contraption. When Mr. Wamukota posted his son’s invention on Facebook he was surprised how quickly it was shared. The attention that it gained was how Stephen ended up among 68 Kenyans given the Presidential Order of Service, Uzalendo (Patriotic) Award on Monday.
We would also like to celebrate Stephen and his creativity and sense of care for his community; so he’s your Good News Story of the Day which you can read more on, and watch the video; here. But just so you know; Stephen’s story is far from done.
“I now have two machines and I want to make more,” Stephen Wamukota said. Stephen has also said that he wants to be an engineer when he grows up; and the county governor has promised to give him a scholarship when he does, Mr Wamukota said.
Story and Image from BBC News.