Enable e-NABLE in Haiti
Organized by: Mohit Chaudhary
e-NABLE (www.enablingthefuture.org) is a non-profit organization that designs, modifies, and manufactures 3D printed prosthetics for children for FREE. We do this with the help of people from all technical and non-technical avenues including teachers, engineers, students, designers, and so much more, and most importantly thoughtful donors like you.
The US and other countries are receiving the benefits of new 3D printing technologies, but in places like Haiti, those in need of prosthetics have little to no chance of ever being able to afford or even find them. Current Haitian prosthetic clinics struggle to manufacture 30-40 devices per week and we want to lighten that burden. Furthermore, the psychological benefits of utilizing these types of devices provide help in many matters. Short-term, it has shown to improve the self-esteem of amputees, especially in a culture with stigma debiliated individuals. An increase in the compliant use of prosthesis is a long-term effect we are beginning to see.
As a result of this situation, during this past year, a team of folks at e-NABLE, including myself, have designed a pilot program to provide 3D printed prosthetics to children in Haiti (http://bit.ly/enablehaiti).
Our pilot will empower the local community to help themselves by training and working with them to develop a self-sustaining entity that will build and provide prosthetic hands. Our goal is to refine the entire process so that we can deploy 3D printers and training worldwide so that everyone who needs a prosthetic can have one.
Please check out my talk this past year at the World Maker Faire in NYC to learn more about our mission at e-NABLE: http://youtu.be/SpEHYeOW0G0
I am raising money to help fund my travel to Haiti. Any money raised beyond the goal will go towards purchasing a 3D printer to provide support for the pilot program in Haiti and e-NABLE generally.