Les jeunes dominicains travaillent ensemble pour développer des solutions pour lutter contre le COVID-19

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De haut en bas, de gauche à droite: Daihiana, Eladio, Rafael et Kemberly sont des étudiants en génie logiciel et les lauréats du hackathon virtuel d’InnovaLab «Innover en quarantaine». / Image fournie par le groupe

Imaginez une application pour les personnes les plus à risque pendant la pandémie COVID-19 qui leur permet de demander l’aide de volontaires pour acheter et livrer de la nourriture et des médicaments pendant leur confinement.

Kemberly Miliano, étudiante en génie logiciel à l’Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC), ne l’a pas simplement imaginé. Elle et son équipe ont développé l’application lors d’un hackathon virtuel organisé par l’USAID. Ils ont nommé l’application COVIDHelp.

«Nous avons concentré nos solutions sur les plus vulnérables, lors de l’attaque de l’un des problèmes soulevés lors du hackathon», a déclaré Kemberly, qui vit à Saint-Domingue, une province du sud de la République dominicaine. «Notre application vise à protéger les personnes les plus vulnérables contre le virus.» …


Jóvenes dominicanos trabajan juntos para desarrollar soluciones para combatir la COVID-19

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De arriba hacia abajo, de derecha a izquierda: Daihiana, Eladio, Rafael y Kemberly son estudiantes de ingeniería de software y son los ganadores del primer lugar del hackathon virtual “Innovando en Cuarentena” del InnovaLab. / Foto suministrada por el grupo

Imagina una aplicación para que las personas en mayor riesgo durante la pandemia de la COVID-19 puedan solicitar ayuda a voluntarios para comprar y recibir alimentos y medicamentos mientras se aíslan.

Kemberly Miliano, estudiante de ingeniería de software del Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC), no solo se lo imaginó. Ella y su equipo desarrollaron la aplicación en un hackathon virtual realizado por la USAID. Llamaron a la aplicación COVIDHelp.

“Nos enfocamos (nuestra solución) en los más vulnerables a la hora de atacar uno de los problemas planteados en el hackathon”, dijo Kemberly, quien vive en la provincia de Santo Domingo, al sur de República Dominicana. “Nuestra aplicación busca mantener seguros a los más vulnerables ante el virus”. …


Dominican youth working together develop solutions to fight COVID-19

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From top to bottom, from left to right: Daihiana, Eladio, Rafael, and Kemberly are software engineering students and the winners of the InnovaLab’s virtual hackathon. / Picture provided by the group

Imagine an app for people most at-risk during the COVID-19 pandemic that allows them to request help from volunteers to buy and deliver food and medicine while they are self-isolating.

Kemberly Miliano, a software engineering student at the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC), didn’t just imagine it. She and her team developed the application at a virtual hackathon conducted by USAID. They named the app COVIDHelp.

“We focused our solutions on the most vulnerable, when attacking one of the problems raised in the hackathon,” said Kemberly, who lives in Santo Domingo, a province in the south of the Dominican Republic. “Our app seeks to keep those most vulnerable to the virus safe.” …


USAID helps to drive America’s successful partnerships with Europe and Eurasia nations

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United Against COVID-19 Campaign / America for Bulgaria Foundation

When COVID-19 struck Bulgaria, the health care system struggled to respond. In its conversations with national hospital directors, the America for Bulgaria Foundation (ABF), a USAID partner, learned that the greatest need was financial, as local hospitals had to purchase the basics — like masks, protective gear, gloves. ABF immediately contributed $180,000 to support two hospitals in desperate need of these supplies to protect both patients and staff.

Recognizing that more was needed, ABF spearheaded a matching campaign. Partnering with the American Chamber of Commerce, the U.S. …


Un jeune jamaïcain a pour mission d’améliorer l’emploi des jeunes en Jamaïque et dans les Caraïbes

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Kristofferson Nunes, innovateur et créateur de l’University College Ambassadors (UCA) Jamaica, a une agence de marketing et de placement pour les jeunes reliant les étudiants universitaires et professionnels à l’entreprise Jamaïque. / Courtesy of Kristofferson Nunes

Même enfant, Kristofferson Nunes savait qu’il regardait le monde différemment — un trait que son père encourageait.

“Mon père m’a dit de suivre mon cœur,” dit le jeune homme de 26 ans. “J’ai toujours été considéré comme le plus étrange, hors du groupe de mes amis. Alors que mes amis voulaient être avocats et médecins, je ne me suis jamais senti conduit à suivre cette voie traditionnelle.”

Être un esprit libre, cependant, comporte des défis. Kristofferson a d’abord eu du mal à trouver un cheminement de carrière à l’université. Après avoir échoué sa première année de cours d’informatique, il savait qu’il était temps de changer. …


Cómo un joven jamaicano tiene la misión de mejorar el empleo juvenil en Jamaica y en todo el Caribe

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Conoce a Kristofferson Nunes, innovador y creador de la University College Ambassadors (UCA) Jamaica, una agencia de colocación laboral y mercadeo para jóvenes que conecta a estudiantes vocacionales y universitarios con la Jamaica corporativa. / Courtesy of Kristofferson Nunes

Incluso cuando era niño, Kristofferson Nunes sabía que miraba el mundo de manera diferente, un rasgo que su padre alentaba.

“Mi papá me dijo que siguiera mi corazón”, dice el ahora de 26 años. “Siempre fui considerado el raro, entre el grupo de mis amigos. Si bien mis amigos querían ser abogados y médicos, nunca me sentí guiado a seguir ese camino tradicional ”.

Sin embargo, ser un espíritu libre conlleva desafíos. Kristofferson inicialmente luchó por encontrar una carrera en la universidad. Después de reprobar su primer año de clases de informática, supo que era hora de un cambio. …


How one young Jamaican is on a mission to improve youth employment in Jamaica and across the Caribbean

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Meet Kristofferson Nunes, innovator and creator of University College Ambassadors (UCA) Jamaica, a youth marketing and job placement agency connecting university and vocational students with corporate Jamaica. / Courtesy of Kristofferson Nunes

Even as a child, Kristofferson Nunes knew he looked at the world differently — a trait his father encouraged.

“My dad told me to follow my heart,” says the now 26-year-old. “I was always considered the weird one, out of the bunch of my friends. While my friends wanted to be lawyers and doctors, I never felt led to follow that traditional path.”

Being a free spirit, however, comes with challenges. Kristofferson initially struggled to find a career path at university. After failing his first year of computer science classes, he knew it was time for a change. …


Promoting healthy habits among children during the pandemic

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Malika Kasimova, an English teacher at a university, with her 3-year-old daughter at a children’s playground. / Sanobar Khudaybergenova for USAID

Life was busy to say the least for Malika, an English teacher at a university in Tashkent and the mother of three children ages 10, 7, and 3. Then the pandemic hit, leaving everyone locked at home indefinitely. The whole world had slowed down, except for the deadly virus that was spreading rapidly.


How an innovative approach and a decade of partnership have helped save newborn lives

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Tayeeba is a girl from Bangladesh whose life was saved when she was a newborn. / Md. Kabirul Abedin, USAID’s MaMoni Maternal and Newborn Care Strengthening Project

Meet Tayeeba: a bright, smiling 8-year-old from Shadipur, Bangladesh. She spends her days playing with her family and neighbors, like many other children across the world.

However, Tayeeba’s first moments of life were not so carefree. When her mom Rikta gave birth to her in 2012, attending midwife Sakhina quickly realized Tayeeba was not breathing.

“I carried out the delivery, but the baby didn’t cry,” Sakhina said. “She wasn’t making any sound.”

Thankfully, Sakhina had been trained two weeks earlier by the Helping Babies Breathe program and jumped into action to save Tayeeba’s life. “I quickly cleaned up her mouth using the penguin sucker, but to no avail. I then massaged her back, but the baby still didn’t make any sound. …


How a women’s group in Mali sustainably funds maternal and child health services in their community

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Women in Kolosso pour rubbish into a compost pit. / Ibrahima Kamaté, USAID

It’s 7 a.m. on a Friday in the village of Kolosso, in Mali’s Segou region, and the sun is up. Members of the Benkadi women’s group have come together in the public square with buckets, shovels, and wheelbarrows to collect garbage.

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