D-Lab Development

Chlorine Generation for Water Treatment

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The 2011 D-Lab Rwanda team taught a group of nuns who they were staying with how to generate chlorine for disinfecting water with graphite batteries, salt and water.
Butare

Rua Viva

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A team of USP and MIT students worked with the Bradesco organization to sustainably clean up a reurbanized city street in a favela, engaging the community and the local Bradesco school.
Manaus

Charcoal & Corn Shelling Demonstrations

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The 2011 D-Lab Rwanda team worked with the Rwanda Village Concept Project (RVCP) to demonstrate how to make charcoal out of agricultural waste. The community also learned how to make corn shellers out of local materials to help remove kernels from the cob faster than what was being done by hand.
Butare

Aerial Community Mapping

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The 2011 D-Lab Rwanda team engaged in participatory community mapping with our local partner using the techniques developed by Grassroots Mapping, where a digital camera is attached to a kite or ballon to affordably make aerial maps of the local area.
Butare

Bicycle-Powered Cell Phone Charger

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D-Lab students worked in Calcutta with visiting Tanzanian inventor Bernard Kiwia on his design for a pedal-powered cell phone charger made out of bicycle parts. Rubber parts and molds were made in Mr. Maulick's workshop. The charger is now being manufactured and sold by a social enterprise called Global Cycle Solutions in Tanzania.
Kolkata (Calcutta) in West Bengal

Chicken Cooping

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A team of MIT and USP students worked with an existing UFAM project to create income generating opportunities by helping rural communities build and maintain chicken coops. The students visited two communities in different stages of implementation of the project and helped assess the program.
Manaus

Bearing Covers for Rickshaws

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Students from the D-Lab Development class worked with a D-Lab Cycle Ventures team on improved rickshaw designs with the Rickshaw Bank, which was started by Dr. Pradip Sarmah to provide asset-based loans to marginalized rickshaw drivers. Students prototyped protective covers for the rear bearings.
Guwahati in Assam

Educational Workshops at a Boys Shelter

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D-Lab students worked with the Society for Educational & Environmental Development to teach educational workshops at a boys shelter in a slum area of Calcutta. Activities adapted from the MIT Edgerton Center included building flashlights and making quizboards, which were used as learning aids for practicing vocabulary.
Kolkata (Calcutta) in West Bengal

New Longoro-Hastings Educational Partnership

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D-Lab has facilitated an educational exchange between Hastings Elementary School in Lexington and the primary and secondary schools in New Longoro and Dwere since 2008. Students taught lessons about electricity and wind energy to grades K-12 using pinwheels, kites, quiz boards and generators.
New Longoro & Dwere

Water Pump

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In Ze Miniero, a favela near Sao Paulo, the community members have electric pumps to get water from their wells, but electricity is available only intermittently. A team of D-Lab students worked with community members and USP students to run a workshop on how to build low-cost PVC pumps.
Sao Paulo

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