WENS AND Adlin Dimanche are teen inventors in Haiti who build electronic toy trucks out of trash.
They started making the trucks after their parents couldn’t afford to buy them any.
“When I was a little kid I used to ask my father for a toy truck, be he couldn’t afford it,” 13-year-old Adlin said. “One day they were working on the road in front of our house with a loader truck. We watched the movements carefully and deiced we were going to create one,” he added.
The brothers are self-taught using creativity and imagination as their guide.
Electronic boards are taken from broken boomboxes and empty plastic jugs are used for the truck’s bodies while motors from discarded radios bring them to life.
“I broke down a radio and took the little motors. I connected the power one way, it turned left, and when I connected the power the other way, it turned right. I made connections with wires so the loader could go up and down,” brother Wens, 15, said.
The Dimanche brothers also made a remote control they created with boxes and used four wires to make the connections and create buttons.
“Then I assigned the buttons from the right to go left, and the one from the left to go right,” Wens explained.
Their mother’s job as a street vendor allows them to attend private school.
Wens said he would like to study aboard, to learn how to make electronic toy trucks better, bigger and properly.