Photo taken by James Wamukota, the father of Stephen, who had also helped in building the machine.

Stephen Wamukota, from Bungoma County in Kenya, received a presidential award called the Uzalendo Award for inventing a homemade hand washing machine amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Uzalendo Award recognizes distinguished and outstanding service in helping the country beat the pandemic, noted Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The wood-made machine is operated with a person’s foot to avoid spreading the coronavirus. Using the pedal to release soap and water from the dispensers, a person then can wash his/her hands above a basin attached to the invention.

Stephen created the invention with the help of his father and a budget of 3,000 Kenyan shillings (PHP 1,400). He came up with the idea after watching people struggle to wash their hands during the health crisis.

“I have always desired to be an engineer in [the] future, and I am happy to see I am trying my best with the help of my family,” said Stephen.

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