At The Village School in Houston, Texas, students Aanya Bhandari and Rahul Agarwal, both age 16, executed a complex plan to battle malnourished infants in India. Using their professional networks, the two students have designed the Viking BioBox which contains seeds, vitamins, nutrients and a 3D-printed plate to help individuals in India who are acutely malnourished. The BioBox will be piloted in India’s most impoverished neighborhoods with 30 to 50 boxes and evaluated to provide a replicable, scalable and sustainable solution.
In Phnom Penh, Cambodia, students at Northbridge International School Cambodia, a Nord Anglia Education school, have developed an apparatus to help with sustainable farming to grow multiple crops suitable for the region. The design will be developed further this academic year and sent out to local farmers to test.
“When traveling to India, it is hard to ignore the wealth disparity and prevalent malnutrition. You see the prominent issues when you view side by side those who suffer from both poverty and severe undernourishment along with those who are very well off. This cause hits home to us, and we are determined to develop an appropriate action plan to combat this problem,” said Rahul Agarwal.