We have been working with Limitless Child International for a few months now on some new programming for the Maker Auto. At long last, we were able to launch the first of these workshops last week. They were a great success and gave us great confidence for future workshops.
The first workshop was with an NGO called ASHA – Action for Self-Reliance, Hope and Awareness. ASHA provides crisis intervention, family development work, medical social work, early intervention for vulnerable infants, and empowerment programs girls in the slum areas of Pune, India. A major focus is empowerment and education for girls as an approach to prevention of early marriage and domestic abuse. Limitless Child partners with ASHA to provide sports programs and the Mobile Play and Learning Program. The Mobile Play and Learning Program is provided in partnership with Coby and the Maker’s Asylum and brings learning workshops via the Maker Auto to the girls in their community. The workshop was held at a Community Center in the heart of the slum area. 30 girls participated in the 2.5 hour workshop – goal to build a study table out of easily sourced materials. Plastic water bottles, bamboo, a small block of wood with embedded blade (used as a jig to cut the water bottles – think apple-peeler) chisel, hammer, and heat gun, and a large wood slab for the table top. The kids converted the plastic bottles to long lengths of plastic twine, chiseled out notches in the bamboo to fit pieces together to become the table legs and braces, and used the twine to hold the bamboo together, sealing the twine with a heat gun. The girls participated in all aspects of the build. They didn’t have time to complete the table, so Namita and Anurag finished it and will deliver it this next week. The girls would like to have additional workshops.
Second workshop was at Renuka Mahajan Trust Orphanage– An private orphanage located on the outskirts of Pune. 25 children (5 from the orphanage, 10 children of orphanage staff, 10 from local community) participated in 2.5 hour workshop – goal to conceptualize, design and make a small robot out of craft supplies and battery powered motor. Children drew plans, created imaginary creatures based on their plans using craft supplies then attached a battery and small motor to produce movement. Namita and Anurag led the workshop, Jenny from Limitless Child International helped along with the caretakers. The Maker Auto was brought right into the orphanage courtyard, all 4 tables from the auto were taken out and used as work surfaces for the workshop. The kids absolutely loved the entire process and want more.