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Meet The Ugandan Woman Who Brought Affordable Eye Care To Children Using The Power Of Virtual Reality Technology

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Being able to see is a basic norm to most of us.

However, there are still many people who have been unable to access affordable eye care. But one Ugandan woman noticed the gap in their country and decided to make a difference, Brenda Katwesigye is the founder of the high impact company known as Wazi Vision.  She begun her mission when she noticed a need for eye care in certain parts of Uganda where children could not get access to simple eye testings. She set a program that would help children between the ages of 6-15 years, the program was developed as a mobile app which uses virtual reality technology to perform visual tests.

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The whole point of the app was to bring it closer to people since most could not afford to go to health centers or sometimes the system would be too slow.

Soon after the children would do their tests they would be connected to affordable eye glasses that are made out of recycled plastic that are made by local female artisans in Uganda. Normally, glasses are quite prices and replacing them is sometimes impossible which then leaves the children in a worse condition. These new kind of glasses have reduced the cost of eye glasses by 80% while increasing accessibility of eye testings services. To add on that the Brenda and her team have been carrying out field tests where they perform free eye tests both in schools and rural areas in Uganda.

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Brenda’s mission was inspired by her own story.

She is short sighted and was affected by light. When she visited the optician she was asked to pay  $180 for a new pair of glasses just about 18,000 shillings. This was obviously shocking, how could a third world country be so expensive? A country where the average monthly income was just KSh 400.If that was expensive for her, she thought about all the disadvantaged children in Uganda and was driven to start Wazi Vsision whose long term goal is to make eye care accessible and affordable to everyone regardless of their income status.

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It is clearly much cheaper than the actual prices in a shop.

Such women are the ones that see an opportunity to help and rise with it. Instead of complaining she did something about it, she has a complete team of 5 full time team members and 8 part time female artisans that we work with to make the eye glasses. She also has an optometrist, a software developer, a finance professional, and two field team members. Their optometrist and software developer work hand in hand to ensure that their VR based mobile application attains at least 90% accuracy.


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Vanessa Kamau is a young writer from Daystar University. She has been a writer for 5 years and enjoys it as a hobby and passion. During her free time she enjoys nature walks, discoveries ,reading and takes pleasure in new challenges and experiences.

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Haraka Haraka app to link customers with service providers

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A new App dubbed “Haraka Haraka” has today been unveiled in Kenya to help customers find the right service providers in their current location within a specified range of choice.

The platform was invented by three former Meru University of Science and technology students and with the app, they seek to make it easier for people to find services such as a plumber, retailers, shops and house agents that have been difficult to get physically.

The team, Mr Kelvin Muinde, Mr Pius Momanyi Nyachio and Mrs Naum Mutie said there are currently about 3,500 users who are potential clients and service providers on the platform who include carpenters, hairdressers, plumbers and mechanics, and more.

“We are taking away the burden of searching for experienced and reliable professional businesses in a hassle-free model to deliver critical services to individuals who are in need of their specific location,” said Pius Momanyi Nyachio who is the Marketing Manager.

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Mr Kelvin Muinde, who is the head of the project said the idea to start Haraka Haraka was initiated out of his observance of people having difficulty in finding a reliable service in an area that they are not well conversant with.

“The biggest challenge customers face is finding the right service providers at any area, mostly if you are not familiar, most people end up getting poor services that cost them time and resources,” he said.

To find any service or to register as a service provider, individuals are requested to first download the Haraka Haraka App on Google and register where later one can choose a range between 100m to 30km to find the service they are in need of.

The app also comes with an option of reviewing and rating a service provider which acts as an advantage to next service seekers enabling easy referrals to new clients.

‘’The registration to the app is free for both users and professionals,’’ said Mr Kelvin Muinde. The company’s aim is to hit 10,000 users by the end of this year. Ideally, they plan to have a maximum of 30,000 professionals on the platform.


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Haraka Haraka app to link customers with service providers

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A new App dubbed “Haraka Haraka” has today been unveiled in Kenya to help customers find the right service providers in their current location within a specified range of choice.

The platform was invented by three former Meru University of Science and technology students and with the app, they seek to make it easier for people to find services such as a plumber, retailers, shops and house agents that have been difficult to get physically.

The team, Mr Kelvin Muinde, Mr Pius Momanyi Nyachio and Mrs Naum Mutie said there are currently about 3,500 users who are potential clients and service providers on the platform who include carpenters, hairdressers, plumbers and mechanics, and more.

“We are taking away the burden of searching for experienced and reliable professional businesses in a hassle-free model to deliver critical services to individuals who are in need of their specific location,” said Pius Momanyi Nyachio who is the Marketing Manager.

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Mr Kelvin Muinde, who is the head of the project said the idea to start Haraka Haraka was initiated out of his observance of people having difficulty in finding a reliable service in an area that they are not well conversant with.

“The biggest challenge customers face is finding the right service providers at any area, mostly if you are not familiar, most people end up getting poor services that cost them time and resources,” he said.

To find any service or to register as a service provider, individuals are requested to first download the Haraka Haraka App on Google and register where later one can choose a range between 100m to 30km to find the service they are in need of.

The app also comes with an option of reviewing and rating a service provider which acts as an advantage to next service seekers enabling easy referrals to new clients.

‘’The registration to the app is free for both users and professionals,’’ said Mr Kelvin Muinde. The company’s aim is to hit 10,000 users by the end of this year. Ideally, they plan to have a maximum of 30,000 professionals on the platform.


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Balala wants investigation into alleged harassment at Ol Jogi launched – KBC

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Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala

Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala has directed the Kenya Wildlife Service to commence investigations into the alleged harassment of a victim by private game ranchers at Ol Jogi Conservancy in Laikipia County.

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It is reported that the victim known as Mordecai Ogada in the company of his children was harassed on Saturday while driving on a public road in the conservancy.

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In a statement, Balala has asked for speedy investigations and findings to be concluded by Wednesday this week.

The CS added that no discriminations will be allowed to any Kenyan at any conservancy in the country.

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“The government of Kenya and my ministry will not condone any undue harassment or intimidation of Kenyans who are going about their normal businesses and enjoying their God given heritage by anyone,” said CS Balala.

He urged Kenyans to report any such incidents with facts for action to be taken.

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