e-NABLE Hands for Response & Sustainable Recovery

by Alliance for Project Based Learning Solutions
e-NABLE Hands for Response & Sustainable Recovery


e-NABLE galvanized around the site www.enablingthefuture.org. We design, create and give away open source arms and hands to anyone, anywhere. After sending devices for 2 years to camps, we need help implementing a sustainable solution for the chapters and refugees. We have a chance to build a network of strong volunteers and fledgeling refugee chapters who can give free prosthetics while teaching workforce skills that sustain people and their labs with 3DP partnerships that heal, feed and fund.

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Refugees need hands and arms, and need training and access to technology to make them. People with upper limb differences are discriminated against and isolated, lacking access dignified work. Their education and identity are disrupted. They need ongoing abiliy to sustain themselves and demonstrate value to themselves, their families and their communities.


Prosthetics can be created as service learning. People who need resources will learn to make and give them if they can sustain themselves and their families. Labs will host them and give the devices away if they can sustain themselves. Teaching and credentialling workforce skills will create paths to employment with our partner NGOs serving in the area, who need 3 d printers to make things for the clinic. Other partners will share projects to address additional basic needs that can be sold.

Long-Term Impact

Training, credentialing, advising, vetted vols. New manufacturing markets & Sources of food, water, prosthetics, feminine hygiene products. Makers sharing IP and defending open source licenses, smoothing paths to employment opportunities and sustainable solutions. A network that is scalable, transferable, targets community needs, Creating sources of income in refugee camps where they are now allowed to earn money. Creating ways for people who are unbanked and in fragile states to earn, spend.


Organization Information

Alliance for Project Based Learning Solutions

Location: Columbia, MD - USA
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @enablethefuture
Alliance for Project Based Learning Solutions
Maria Esquela
Project Leader:
Maria Esquela
Columbia , MD United States

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