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Published 26.04.2020 11:31
Rwanda Education Board launched an e-learning YouTube channel.
It is done to facilitate students to continue their studies at home. It also introduced a radio learning programme. Earlier, REB partnered with local telecom companies to waive internet fees for students to ease their access to e-learning portals. However, bandwidth and student access to computers is an issue. Not…
Published 26.04.2020 11:25
In Mexico, the campaign #MiBarrioMeRespalda supports street vendors.
The initiative, which translates as “My neighbourhood supports me”, was created by El Día Después platform, cofounded by Mexican actor and director Diego Luna. They are requesting financial donations, essential items and volunteers to help the vulnerable during the lockdown.
Published 26.04.2020 11:21
In Costa Rica, universities designed prototypes of artificial respirators.
Professionals from the University of Costa Rica (UCR) and the Costa Rica Institute of Technology (TEC) are working in different projects to create low-cost prototypes of mechanical ventilatorin Costa Rica. They are using 3D printing. In the case of UCR they launched “Respira UCR,” using blueprints from the OxyGEN project…
Published 26.04.2020 11:05
In Brazil, Redes da Maré launched a campaign to get basic items to favelas.
In Rio de Janeiro, the non-profit group distribute basic food baskets and hygiene kits to residents, and they are in dialogue with religious leaders to raise awareness on social distance. This organisation has social programs for residents in Maré, a complex of 16 favela communities in the North of Rio…
Published 26.04.2020 11:01
In Portugal, the government temporarily granted migrants and asylum seekers full citizenship.
This measure will ensure undocumented people access the national health service, bank accounts and work and rental contracts, until at least 1 July 2020. The Portuguese Council of Ministers explained that the decision was made to reduce public health risks of maintaining the appointments at the immigration office.
Published 25.04.2020 20:36
In Paraguay, Fundación Paraguaya made getting loans easier for the vulnerable.
It is the first microfinance institution in the country, pioneering financial literacy and entrepreneurial education. During the pandemic, it simplified the loan conditions and was able to reach more than 3,500 village banks and 70,000 microenterprises. It allowed borrowers to defer their payments without penalties and offered refinancing options.
Published 25.04.2020 20:30
In Colombia, chatbots and virtual assistants provide help to the most vulnerable
These digital tools were created by a social enterprise Fundación Capital, which suspended its field activities and redirected efforts. It now spreads government information on Covid-19 support systems, shortages and countermeasures among those living in poverty. It also shares practical advice on how to manage finances in times of crisis.
Published 25.04.2020 20:23
In South Africa, a crowdsolving startup Zindi launches a competition for predicting the global spread of Covid-19.
The Cape Town based startup that uses AI and machine learning has a database of 12,000 registered data scientists across Africa. It offers cash-prizes of up to $2,500 for winners. Predictive models are important in making decisions to contain and mitigate the impact of the disease. 
Published 25.04.2020 20:20
In Pakistan, a Muslim charity tax is helping those out of work.
Obligatory donations, zakat, provide daily wage workers – from street-food vendors to shoe-shiners – who are affected by the pandemic with basic grocery items. This mandatory alms-giving is calculated at 2.5% of a person’s annual excess wealth. Across Pakistan, appeals for donations are widely circulating on WhatsApp and social media.
Published 25.04.2020 18:46
In Las Vegas, hundreds of homeless people were moved to sleep in a parking lot after another shelter was closed due to a positive Covid-19 case.
In Las Vegas, hundreds of homeless people were moved to sleep in a parking lot after another shelter was closed due to a positive Covid-19 case. In a parking lot, grid lines were drawn six feet (1.8 metres) apart to follow the social distancing guidelines. People sleep on mats that…

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