Improvised Load Carrying Device

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Child labour at a construction site      Children carrying vegetables on head                                                                                      

In this version of load carrying device,the weight is distributed over the shoulders and the upper back,substituting the traditional way of carrying bricks on the head.The hands rest in an ergonomically comfortable position on the supports provided,thus also contributing in balancing the weight which is on the platform above.This device is made from stainless steel which is high in strength and at the same time very light

Prototype of our design


Sreenath Mallela

D Sai Sidharth

(BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus)

Modification in Bamboo splinter by Ralte

1. The Machine is operated by sitting next to it in an uncomfortable position. This can be changed by giving a table platform to the machine either crossed or simple table.

2. A handle is required in machine for better handling and safety during operation (shown in pic).

3. A single step collection box should be added in table top splinter which will be of size a little more than the bamboo stick size.


By: Mohit Arora

SRISTI Summer School 2013 taking off

The summer school through triggered by GIAN through SRISTI and with the help of NIF and ILO on fabricating devices for eliminating child labour, enhancing the income of parents, and increasing safety in their work entered its third day.

On Tuesday, many of the participants carried bricks, (one boy carried 168 bricks), washed tea cups at tea dhaba, met cobblers, worked with rag pickers and tried to experience the problems and pain these workers face. Today, they brainstormed and generated ideas to improve existing devices or develop new ones so that children are not deployed . It was realised that when productivity and incomes increase substantially, the child labour gets eliminated. If the higher education system starts letting students experience the pain of the neglected sections of society, samavedana (empathy) is bound to occur and trigger srijansheelta (creativity) in the process leading to empathetic innovations.

All those who wish to participate in this virtually, are welcome to contribute and comment on the reports and ideas that are published here. If somebody would like to upload her/his own ideas on innovative technologies for the elimination of child labour, write to or so we can grant authorship.

Thursday, Prof Ranjan, senior professor at NID, will address the participants and give inputs on design thinking. We have to ensure that not even one child is denied childhood, and gets access to education.

anil k gupta