2011 — Inspiration
Robert Frost was closely involved in the growth of Ergobaby Carrier, LLC; a baby carrier product and distribution business, designed and founded by his daughter Karin Frost. While leading the Customer Service department, it soon became very clear to him through customer feedback and scientific studies, the importance of carrying one’s baby close to the heart and skin-to-skin for both parent and baby. This set Robert on the mission to educate as many parents as possible. Although there are plenty of baby carriers on the market accessible to those that can afford the price, Robert felt a strong need to provide this important tool and education to less fortunate mothers around the world. He met Cansu Akarsu in Denmark while she was participating in a design competition sponsored by its INDEX: Design to Improve Life. She connected immediately with Robert’s concept and became the lead designer. The natural choice for a project country was Uganda with the help of Josephine Nalugo who became involved with Ergobaby years prior.
2012 — Prototyping phase of Happy Baby Carrier
The design team built and tested locally replicable baby carrier prototypes with experts and users. Happy Baby Resources on how to stitch the carrier, patterns, and templates, training programs were designed.
2013 — Pilot Project
The Pilot Phase was completed in Nkokonjeru in Uganda and a demo Happy Baby Stitchery was opened. One full-time and four part time seamstress were hired to use the machines in the stitchery. Ten of them have gone back to their villages to operate as individual Happy Baby Stitcheries.
2014-2015 — Pilot projects – Ghana, Bangladesh, Morocco
The above project locations were chosen because of connections between our Board of Directors and the Project leaders when they met at various conferences. These projects were made possible by the sponsorship of Ergobaby. Launched in 2014 in The People’s Republic of Bangladesh and the Republic of Ghana. Launched in 2015 in the Kingdom of Morocco.
2016 — Congo Pilot Project
The project location was established by a meeting between our Chairman and the Project Leader. Located in the city of Beni in the north eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.