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Jan 28 2012

Greetings from India: D-Lab Students in the Field

Posted in: Best of the Blogs, Miscellaneous, Academics & Research, Life & Culture

D-Lab is an interdisciplinary program at MIT committed to working with people around the world to create and disseminate affordable technologies. This January, teams comprising a total of 35 students are working in Cambodia, Zambia, India, Ghana, Honduras, and Brazil.

Luke Plummer (MechE) ‘14, Sydney Beasley (Civil & Enviro) ‘14, and Jessica Ong ‘15 are blogging from Assam, India. The students of D-Lab’s Cycle Ventures class are working with the Rickshaw Bank, a project of the Center for Rural Development, an Indian NGO. Rickshaw Bank loans rickshaws on a micro-credit basis to drivers until they’ve paid off and own their own vehicle. In India, the Cycle Ventures students are looking to implement some of the projects which have come out of the course – rickshaw improvements that are simple and repeatable but do not add significant cost.

Luke, Sydney, and Jessica are joined by Madhavan Jaswanth (Urban Studies and Planning) '13, Jeffrey Carothers (MechE) '14, Micaela Wiseman (EECS)... read the post »

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Jan 25 2012

Greetings from Cambodia: D-Lab students in the field

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Academics & Research, Life & Culture

D-Lab is an interdisciplinary program at MIT committed to working with people around the world to create and disseminate affordable technologies. This January, teams comprising a total of 35 students are working in Cambodia, Zambia, India, Ghana, Honduras, and Brazil.

Janet Li (Urban Planning) ’12 is blogging from Cambodia, where the D-Lab team is working together with farmers and credit union members to build composting bins and a low-cost biodigester under the guidance of an expert in the community. The team is also gathering feedback on solar lantern technologies from 18 households without electricity in Kien Svay, developing and teaching creativity-building educational modules at a youth shelter in Phnom Penh, and learning from rehabilitative organizations about local needs and the potential for the Leveraged Freedom Wheelchair (LFC) to be used in Cambodia.

Greetings from Kampong Thom!
It has been a jam-packed couple of days as always. It seems crazy that we will soon be... read the post »

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Jan 18 2012

Greetings from Honduras: D-Lab students in the field

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Academics & Research, Life & Culture

D-Lab is an interdisciplinary program at MIT committed to working with people around the world to create and disseminate affordable technologies. This January, teams comprising a total of 35 students are working in Cambodia, Zambia, India, Ghana, Honduras, and Brazil.

Chelsie Librun (Aero Astro) ´13, Nina Jreige (Bio Engineering) ´13, and Miho Kitagawa (MechE) ´14 are blogging from Honduras where they are working with la Fundacion San Alonso Rodriguez, an NGO  that provides remote communities with tools to improve their livelihood. Students, D-Lab trip leaders and the community in Miramontes are working on providing a yuca cooperative with a new mill; building a rice classifier and heat sealer for a local rice micro-enterprise in Brisas del Mar; and designing solar driers for family harvests and testing water in El Benque.

January 11, 2012
Buenas Dias Padres y Madres!

This is Chelsie, Miho, and Nina writing to you from the computer room of the Fundacion, the NGO we are... read the post »

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