We launched as a volunteer team to cross design products and services to make a social impact. We accelerated communication in September 2016, and An Armful of Toys project continues to grow with supporters, improvements in the design of products and services with experts, the production of approved products with sponsors, and owns the motto: “Every child has the right to play”.
When it is said “the children who has limited access to toys”, you may imagine millions of children. We started out designing for the 500 children who are 0-6 year-old and who have no choice but to live in prisons with their mothers throughout Turkey. The activity balls are ready for mass production, the play mat and parent-child interaction cards are in the design process. The deadline for all products to be ready for mass production is planned for February 28, 2018. In this process, we keep working on the following main topics: design, production, coordination, communications, logistics, collaborations with experts, new connections, finance and accounting.
This project is an example of successful collaboration of between designers, manufacturers, volunteers and experts to make a social impact. The project’s primary purpose is to provide a complete product for each of the 500 children in Turkish prisons. As of today, we have completed 350 balls (175 of each type) ready to send to 175 children. We are awaiting the formal consideration of our request from the Ministry of Justice to start shipping the products. The products were designed by our team in compliance with prison regulations and manufactured by our sponsors and sewed by our volunteers. Printed fabrics are ready for approximately 400 balls and are prepared for the sewing process. High school students are involved in this preparation process.
One of our supporters sponsored the sewing process for 247 balls, and some of our volunteers sewed the rest; about 50 balls by Gökçe İpek, 50 balls by Melike Çıtak, 5 balls by Hilal Dündar, 4 balls by Ebru Kefeli Kalfazade. 44 balls were stuffed with fiber at Bursa Görükle Vocational and Technical High School, and we still have more than 40 balls to sew. We continue to receive contributions from different manufacturers.
If we already had the government approval, we could cheer 175 of 500 kids who have no access to toys. For more information about our product, you can review our annual report or project website.
This toy is a collaborative product of designers, manufacturers, psychologists and mothers.