The e-NABLE Community is an amazing group of individuals from all over the world
who are using their 3D Printers to create free 3D printed hands and arms for those
in need of an upper limb assistive device.
The community is made up of teachers, students, engineers, scientists, medical
professionals, tinkerers, designers, parents, children, scout troops, artists,
philanthropists, dreamers, coders, makers and every day people who just want to
make a difference and help to “Give The World A Helping Hand.”
Joe Cross helped start the e-NABLE Ghana chapter with Sena Dagadu,
a Hungarian-Ghanaian musician and Ishmael Afful who is the sole e-NABLE
member in Ghana.
Initially over 40 hand models were manufactured outside of the country as there
were no 3D Printers within Ghana. Joe travelled to Ghana with these models and
along with Ishmael, Sena and a bit of savvy social media to spread the word they
managed to set up a workshop on 3D Printing, find recipients for the arms and take
down measurements for future recipients. Over 50 people attended the first event
with 90% of them in need of arm devices. This proved that there was a real demand
for the project within the country.
Lordina was in attendance at the event with her father and was one of the first people
to be fitted with the arm on the spot. Lordina is 5 years old and was born with a limb
difference affecting her left arm just below the elbow. Lordina’s family were skeptical
at first as there is a stigma attached to limb differences within Ghana and disbelief
that the arm would be provided free of charge.
After 10 minutes of practice Lordina could do basic functions with the arm and left the
event with a wave goodbye. Since, she has been practicing with it at home and it has
enabled her to do tasks that previously would have been incredibly difficult for her.
This was just one outcome from the project and there are many more in motion.
PrintME 3D has helped by providing 3D Printing equipment so that hands can be
manufactured by Ishmael within Ghana rather than Joe bringing premade hands with
him. This helps tackle the demand for the hands and speed up the process of
supplying people with them.
e-NABLE is a global charity with volunteers from all corners of the globe.
There are a number of ways in which you can get involved as a volunteer be it
3D Printing or helping assemble the prosthetics into a finished product