The coronavirus crisis has taken a toll on the lives of many people worldwide. We are regularly washing our hands and use hand sanitizers when we go about our daily activities. Life is no longer as we knew it.
Now, with all the tension and fear COVID-19 has caused, a 9-year-old boy took it upon himself and created a handwashing station using pieces of wood his father had bought.
“I had bought some pieces of wood to make a window frame,” Stephen’s father, Mr. Wamukota, told BBC. “But I when I came back home after work one day, I found that Stephen had made the machine.”
At nine, Stephen Wamukota came up with an innovative idea after learning on tv about ways to prevent the virus from spreading.
“The concept was his,” He continued. “I helped tighten the machine.”
Stephen’s invention allows people to step on a one-foot pedal to release soap, and another foot-pedal to release water for rinsing, without touching a surface.
The innovation did not go unnoticed after the president of Kenya awarded Stephen with a Presidential order of service, Uzalendo Award.
The 9-year-old boy lives with his family in Mukwa Village, Western Kenya, which has not yet reported a single case of COVID-19.
Stephen would like to be an engineer when he grows up.
The boy’s innovation has changed the lives of people in his community. We only hope he gets the support that he needs to build more handwashing stations.
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