Uganda is a country recovering from decades of war and conflict. Our project seeks to empower individuals who continue to be impacted by these conflicts to regain independence that was reduced by the war.
The goal of this project is to increase the mobility of landmine survivors and other individuals in Uganda. We are creating a low-cost walker, using local materials and manufacturing methods, to give persons with disabilities the ability to move independently during daily activities. The device will help individuals to overcome the physical limitations and social stigmas associated with their disability. We will also be working to stimulate the local economy by providing jobs to landmine survivors.
The funds raised will be used to help cover expenses for supplies for prototypes, travel costs to conduct in-field research, and supplies for individuals in Uganda to learn to build the devices.
Thank you for your generosity! None of this would be possible without your donations.
As part of our senior engineering project at the University of San Diego, our group is creating a low-cost walker that will increase the mobility of landmine survivors and other individuals in Uganda, while also ensuring that they are able to use the pit latrines in a safe and sanitary manner. The device we create will help individuals to overcome the physical limitations and social stigmas associated with their disability. However, we need your help to make this happen! Your support will help cover expenses for supplies for prototypes, travel costs to conduct in-field research, and supplies for individuals in Uganda to learn to build the devices we create.
• Supplies to build prototypes
o PVC Pipe
o PVC Joints
o Wooden seats
o Tools and supplies for carpenters
• Travel Expenses
o 4 plane tickets to Uganda
o On site lodging
o Transportation expenses
With your donation, you are making a direct impact in the lives of landmine survivors through increasing their access to mobility and sanitation. Last year, a team of USD seniors worked on building portable latrine assistive devices for landmine survivors. Through generous donations, they were able to travel to Uganda, work with two vocational schools, and guide students in the construction of these devices. This year, the M.O.V.E. team is expanding upon last year’s success to include increasing mobility for landmine survivors and persons with disabilities. With your help, we will be able to travel back to Uganda, help students build these new devices, and implement a sustainable method to ensure the continued success of this project.
Your donations will also help support our senior design team, and each individual's future endeavors. Through this project, we are gaining valuable technical skills, extensive leadership experience, and a deeper understanding of the impact that engineering can have on the world around us. Not only are we going to be able to gain these skills through our project at USD, but also by going to complete field research in Uganda. Each of us is extremely passionate about and dedicated to this project, and we want to be able to make it the best that it can be. Your donations will help make all this possible!