Designing for the Agape Mercy Children

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This project explores how Design Thinking can be a tool for empowering orphaned and at-risk children in rural Kenya to overcome poverty and become leaders in their community.
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Rachael Stamps
rachael@rachaelstamps.com
720 377 6051

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May 20, 2013
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The Agape Mercy Children's Center (AMCC) is home to 35 children who have been orphaned or put at risk by HIV/ AIDS in Kenya. AMCC believes these children can be the future leaders of Kenya.
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AMCC faces many challenges and is in need of a three prong solution.
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Funding provided, we plan to return to AMCC to teach design thinking through workshops and hands on projects.
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An example educational project would be walking the kids through designing a small chicken coop.
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One student at AMCC shares her story and how AMCC is giving her hope.
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How do we empower a struggling children's home in Kenya to simultaneously overcome poverty, improve nutrition and enhance education opportunities for its residence? Our solution needs to be effective on a small scale, create capacity on the local level and be able to be scaled up over time.

 
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Conduct workshops that take the kids through the design thinking process. By creating a platform for an open dialogue, we can help them identify the problems that matter to them, create a clearer understanding of the limitations and help them recognize their true assists, empowering them to design effictive solutions.