D-Lab Development

Children's Playground

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In the Santo Antonio favela, community members expressed a desire for a safe place for children to gather. Students from D-Lab, University of Sao Paolo and the Federal University of Sao Carlos worked together with the NGO Familia Ines to construct a playground to provide a place for neighborhood children to play.
Sao Paulo

Soccer Field Community Center

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D-Lab Development students worked with the NGO Familia Ines in Santo Antonio in a participatory development workshop to identify the needs of the local community. The outcome was the construction of an outdoor soccer field shelter to be used as a community space in the favela.
Sao Paulo

Clean Birthing Kit Assessment

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D-Lab students conducted interviews with mothers, midwives and health care workers to assess the applicability of the AYZH Janma Clean Birthing Kit, currently only available in India, to the context of rural women in Ghana. The kit provides all the tools needed for clean birthing conditions and can be assembled in country.
Gomboi

Bin-Bin Composting Toilet

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D-lab students and community partners built a composting toilet that costs less than $70 USD (compared to $200 USD for a standard pit latrine). These toilets have the potential to help manage human waste and to produce fertilizer for crops. The system (shown here under construction) includes urine diversion and a separate composting bin.
New Longoro

Exploring Uses for Water Hyacinth

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Water hyacinth is an invasive plant species that grows across lakes and rivers, sometimes doubling its size in just 7 days. It takes much effort to remove but is not currently considered useful post-removal. A D-Lab team explored alternative uses for this plant to incentivize its removal, including use as a packing material or for making charcoal.
West Bengal

Identifying Partners for D-Lab Urban

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Students worked with Suprio Das to identify and meet community partners in the slums of Kolkata for a potential new class, D-Lab Urban. One project is with a women's cooperative which makes bags from recycled newspapers to generate income and requested technical assistance to improve production processes.
Kolkata (Calcutta) in West Bengal

Drip Irrigation Demonstration

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In January 2010, D-Lab students sourced 45 drip irrigation kits from International Development Enterprises (IDE) in Calcutta to use to demonstrate to local farmers as well as bring back to D-Lab for future fieldwork. This demonstration was set up on a small potato plot of an organic farmer in Gobardanga, West Bengal, India.
Gobardanga in West Bengal

Low-Cost Water Test Training Workshop

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The 2010 D-Lab Calcutta Team worked with NGO Aqua Welfare Society to train its fieldworkers in how to use a low-cost bacterial water testing kit for monitoring water provision and treatment programs in rural communities of West Bengal that are affected by arsenic contamination in groundwater.
Gobardanga in West Bengal

Scratch Programming

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D-Lab students introduced Scratch to a group of middle school students to teach them the basics of computer programming. Scratch (http://scratch.mit.edu/) uses shapes and colors to represent computer code, empowering those with even the most basic computer skills to program, and create their own stories and games.
Santo Domingo

Well Covers

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D-Lab students learned about wells in Brazil, and worked on a simplified design for well covers to make them more easily adaptable. Students also focused on education regarding the preservation and care of community water sources, and explored different materials and construction methods for the covers.
Sao Paulo

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