Limitless Child International's mission is to provide opportunities to children without families to realize a thriving childhood and hopeful future. Because every child deserves a childhood.
WE WORK to tear down the walls that mock children's human rights, limit their potential to thrive, and diminish their very ability to live.
WE BELIEVE that once walls come down, a child’s right to happiness transforms into a smile on her face. And that once limits are removed, a child’s right to education becomes her seat in a classroom and that isolation is replaced by hope, laughter, play and love.
OUR GOAL is to help these children reach their potential and live a life without limits.
Our mission is singular, but there are many ways to achieve it and the impact will last a lifetime. Our two programs, Make it Matter and Peer Sports & Play, are focused on opportunities, not limitations. Using cutting edge technology, sports, nature and a child’s own story, we provide kids with the opportunity to be young and to do what our name says: live a life without limits.
Make it Matter: Breaking limits through technology
Make It Matter combines the passionate experience of international child-welfare professionals with caring leaders in the high-tech community to serve vulnerable children.
Advance in technology enable LCI to build and provide low-cost prosthetics to children currently deprived of access to advanced medical care.
We all have seen cutting edge technology (such as 3D printed hands) for humanitarian good, take the world by storm. But we all know that more than one-time give-a-way is needed.
Our approach to this new technology is unique and comprehensive. We use a network of established professionals in the tech, health care and children's services sectors. Our team creates quality 3D printed prosthetics, utilizes pre- and post-assessments for proper fitting and functionality, and incorporated cultural considerations into every aspect of the prosthetic program.
By providing a high quality program, we ensure that the life of each individual child is improved not only today, but tomorrow, as well.
Impact India’s Lifeline Express
Don't recreate the wheel, just figure out how you can use it. That old-time wisdom is how we can to form our new partnership with Impact India's Lifeline Express Medical Train.We are using their wheels to reach and help children with physical disabilities throughout rural India.
Lifeline Express has, over it's 33 years, provided free medical care to over 1 million of India's most marginalized citizens. This hospital on wheels empowers us to bring prosthetics to children in the to most effective way imaginable.
A specialized 3D printer installed on the train enables trained professionals to measure, print and fit the prosthetic hand to each child's specifications. This approach is high-impact, efficient and let's face it..it's cool.
Mobile Play & Learning Centers
Education should be more than reading and writing. And it shouldn’t just reach those who can make it to a school room. That is where our Mobile Play and Learning Centers come in. We bring learning through play, exploration and creativity to children who live in orphanages and their local peers.
We are partnering with Coby Unger and The Makers Asylum in Mumbai, India, to design and build mobile play and learning centers which will visit different orphanages and communities each day! The mobile centers use retrofitted rickshaws and STEM based curriculums to give children the opportunity to explore and play while preparing them for their transition to life outside of the orphanage.
Learning and fun. Wheels and children. You’ve got to love it!
Peer Sports and Play: Connecting through fun
Peer Sports and Play integrates marginalized children into their communities through the creation of community playgrounds and connects children with peers through team sports.
We all know that sports are inextricably tied to the notion of childhood. But for children in orphanages and impoverished communities, sports are not an option. This robs them of some of the most important experiences of childhood.
Our Peer Sports programs give children access to sports by creating formal and informal teams consisting of children in orphanages and their local peers. Whether an improvised game on a dirt lot or an official tournament sport plays an important role in improving physical and mental health, social inclusion and connectedness with caring adults.
Play is more than just fun. It’s a foundational element and legitimate right of childhood. Play fosters physical, intellectual and social development and provides pathways for social connectedness and friendships. Our partnership with India based Koochi Play Systems allows us to design, create and install safe play structures on the grounds of the orphanage but open to all children wherever they live.
WHO WE ARE
Meet Our Team
Meet Our Partners
Our Partners are diverse and work to remove barriers in unique ways - breaking the limitations of physical disabilities, creating opportunities for play, enabling children to learn through hands on experiences, and forming each child’s sense of personal history. Together they bring a childhood to each child and help them move from isolation to children valued by their community.
Our current partnerships are just the beginning. In 2016, Limitless Child will expand to include expert collaborators in sports, gardening and nature.
Koochie is a maker of top-quality outdoor play systems that are installed around the globe.
MIT’s Fab Lab Hubs serve as the basis for our Make it Matter program. Connected to MIT’s worldwide network, these innovative hubs are designed for learning, building, and exploring through technology. MIT graduates along with other gifted individuals provide a cost-free venue where children without families can learn life skills, such as 3-D printing and laser cutting, and receive an opportunity to develop lasting relationships with caring adults.
ASHA is our primary local partner in India and serves as the lead implementer for our Peer Sports, Payal’s Garden and Living History programs. ASHA’s 20-year presence in India assures that we are collaborating with professionals who have a heart for India’s most vulnerable. Of equal importance, ASHA brings credibility, transparency and expertise to our team. Limitless Child's staff has worked with ASHA for 14 years and firmly respect, trust and admire them.
E-Nable the Future is a “global network of philanthropic volunteers using 3-D printing to give the world a helping hand”. Working with E-Nable’s worldwide community of engineers and 3-D experts, they design prosthetics for children. Limitless Child brings this low-cost, cutting edge technology to children with missing limbs. Rather than recreate the wheel ourselves, we are partnering with those who have already done it!
Aid For Kids is our fiscal partner providing invaluable administrative support at no cost. Their partnership keeps our overhead costs very low which means more of our resources go directly to helping marginalized children. Through their 20+ years of service to vulnerable children in Maine and around the world we have great confidence in their ability to help us focus on providing services directly to children living without families.
Meet Our Board
Christina Tobias-Nahi, EdM & MA: Christina’s extensive background in child welfare includes 9 years at Harvard University’s Islamic Legal Studies Program and Civil Rights Project. Christina also held senior positions at Islamic Relief and the Joint Council on International Children’s Services. Christina holds an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a M.A. in International Relations from Boston University-Paris and a post-graduate certificate in Community-based Development.
Minal Dani, MSW: Minal is the Founder and Executive Director of ASHA in Pune, India. After earning her Masters in Social Work, Minal founded ASHA and began a 20+ year career of service to marginalized women, vulnerable children and adults living with mental illness. Minal’s work in India includes groundbreaking women’s empowerment programs, international adoption and education programs for young girls living in extreme poverty. For over a decade, Minal has served a member of the University of Cincinnati Hospital’s mobile crisis outreach team.
Peter Leppanen, MBA: Since 2004, Pete has advocated for the rights of orphaned children. He has served as a strategic advisor, board member and volunteer consultant to several organizations. As President and CEO of Wide Horizons For Children, he oversaw child permanency programs in a dozen countries focused on family preservation, family empowerment, orphan support, community development, adoption counseling, domestic and international adoption and post-adoption support. Previously, Mr. Leppanen worked in consulting for 25 years. As a Senior Partner at CSC Consulting, he directed a consulting practice focused on strategy, business process re-engineering, technology and systems integration.
Sarah Boisvert, MBA: Sarah has worked in digital fabrication including 3D Printing and laser micro machining since 1986. Since the sale of Potomac Photonics in 1999, a digital fabrication company she co-founded, Sarah has served as their Chief 3D Printing Officer. In 2012 she founded Fab Lab Hub, a non-profit resource for the MIT Fab Lab Network through which she produces the annual DigiFab Conference.
Steve diFilipo, MA: Steve brings a 30+ year career in technology and education. Currently Steve serves as the Chief Information Officer for MSOE University. Steve also is the principal at JRS, LLC an agency providing technical currency to businesses adopting digital, mobile, social strategies. Previously he has held executive positions at Rowan College, Quantum Think, Campbell Soup and Deborah Heart & Lung Center.
International Play Association is an international non-governmental organization founded in 1961. It is a forum for exchange and action across disciplines and across sectors. It's purpose is to protect, preserve and promote the child's right to play as a fundamental human right.