The COVID-19 pandemic is having a great impact across the world, and its effect will be no less devastating in Africa, where standards of living, especially economic and public health conditions, are extremely challenging. In Mozambique, the government has declared a state of emergency—closing schools and entertainment establishments, and subjecting markets to follow the guidelines of healthcare authorities. It is clear that this nation, along with the rest of Africa, will be dealing with this fallout for a time to come.
Given its recent presence in the continent, by means of investment in A2E companies, EDPR has established several donation programs, together with their partners SolarWorks! and Rensource.
As a result, a proposal for equipment donation was drawn up. The quantity and type of equipment donated was determined by SolarWorks! and Rensource, in accordance with the identified needs and local availability of the materials.
In Mozambique, 35 solar power systems with sewing machines are to be delivered to the Salesians congregation by SolarWorks. Their vocational training centers are to be used for the manufacturing of protective masks, with the help of female volunteers from the local area. Furthermore, portable radios have been distributed. These devices provide access to information issued by the authorities on public health prevention measures and the evolution of the pandemic across the country. What is more, they offer vital access to education, since classes are now broadcast on the radio following the closure of schools.
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