GoBabyGoTH is Thailand’s first-ever GoBabyGo chapter, an organization begun by the University of Delaware that builds electric toy cars for children ages five and under suffering from physical abilities that take away their ability to walk. It was founded by Saran (Mighty) Burapachaisri, Krittin (Kris) Hirunchunpong, and Sarat (Matthew) Lowe, a group of students from Ruamrudee International School who are passionate about engineering and are finding ways to apply STEM to support the underprivileged.
As of 2018, in Thailand there are more than 14,686 disabled children ages 0-5 year old (Report on Disability Situation in Thailand 2561). Furthermore, Thailand is a country with a highly stigmatized culture regarding the disabled; thus, through modified ride-on toy cars, GoBabyGo hopes to not only provide the disabled children assistive and rehabilitative technology to help children co-create their world through social mobility, but also empower children with disabilities, and celebrate the diversity of kids.
This past wednesday, October 6th, GoBabyGoTH’s Executive Team came to Camillian Home to donate their first ever GoBabyGo modified ride-on toy car to น้องภาวิน, a three year-old with physical disabilities. Since birth, น้องภาวิน was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and syndactyly, and had just recently recovered from Covid-19.
During wednesday’s session, น้องภาวิน was initially very shy and reserved, sighting and calling for his mother whenever left alone for too long. However, upon introducing น้องภาวิน to the GoBabyGo ride-on toy car, his face lit up with excitement and joy. น้องภาวิน has never saw a toy like this one before- a modified ride-on car made customized purely for him. He was ecstatic to get in the car and freely move without his disabilities restricting him.
น้องภาวิน’s favorite part of the car was its wide range of music selections and the car’s horn sound. When the three founders taught him to turn on the car’s music player, he could not stop himself from laughing and dancing to Crazy Frog by Axel F! This brought smiles to both his parents and the nurses at Camillian Home who knew of น้องภาวิน’s history of self-harm.