Dzaleka Refugee Camp is situated in one of the poorest countries in the world—Malawi. It has existed for over 25 years and hosts about 40,000 refugees and asylum seekers.
A Burundian refugee, Remy Gakwaya, is a self-taught computer programmer. He rented a tiny room in the camp and with one computer started to teach computer programming skills. Later, they assembled a 3D Printer, learned Rhinoceros, and they are now sharing these skills with others in the camp. When the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, they immediately began designing and developing 3D-printed protective essentials such as face masks, face shields, and equipment for aid-workers or hospitals.