Field Ready in Bangladesh
Our journey in Bangladesh began in 2019, as the Rohingya refugee crisis intensified and we responded to the call for humanitarian aid.
In January 2020 we began working with local groups to produce accessible devices for physically challenged people. We also began producing our Surprise Soaps, transparent soaps with 3D-printed toys embedded inside to encourage children to wash their hands more often. The soaps help instill good handwashing practices which helps prevent disease transmission in the greater community.
We've since established several additional ground-breaking efforts in Bangladesh.
Protecting the Frontline
As part of our COVID-19 Response Protecting the Frontline program, we're matching frontline workers in Bangladesh who need personal protective equipment (PPE) with local manufacturers who make it - which helps first responders stay healthy and prevent disease spread. As of December 2021, we've produced nearly 75,000 face shields, safety goggles and individual hand sanitizers and distributed them to some 37 non-profit and healthcare organizations.
Soon we'll also provide training to Rohingya refugees to help them learn to make the Surprise Soaps, face masks and hand sanitizer for others in the camps; this will both increase the availability of PPE there and provide a much-needed income for displaced people.
Those who want to get, give or make PPE can go to makeitlocal.org to participate in the program.