This project involved developing a storytelling booth in a shelter home for sex trafficking victims. The aim of the project was to help in in rehabilitation and reintegration. The requirement and specs for the system were established through phone interviews and surveys with staff members of a shelter home in Nepal. A prototype illustrating some of the interaction with our system can be seen in the video below.
Our theory of change was that by providing a platform to share stories and interact with people from different parts of the world would help in imbibing the idea that “we are all ‘somebodies’ ”. This change in perspective would come from multiple, prolonged interaction with the system. Our assumption was that by allowing control over sharing of those stories, partaking in conversation with others about the stories, and reflecting over the stories would instill a belief of ownership, connection, and sense of agency in interactions. The project did not come to fruition in the form shown in the video below but it has inspired my current research work with organizations and survivors in Nepal.