Through this collaborative approach, the project is not only helping improve people’s living situation through the items they build but also opening the door to a new educational and vocational interest where makers can explore their potential. Saad has already noted positive effects on the community’s motivation and collective spirit.
Equally significantly, spaces like Habibi.works serve to create awareness about both the situation and the talents of the people in their community. When Soup & Socks eV first arrived in the Katsikas camps in March 2016 to set up a community kitchen, the infrastructure was poor, says Saad. There was no running water, no sewage and just 16 chemical toilets for 1200 people. Fast forward to today, and the camp has access to several workshops including the 3D printing fab lab.