Daniel Omar was 14 years old when he lost his arms during a bombing raid by northern forces trying to seize control of the Nuba Mountains in Sudan.
"Without hands, I can't do anything," Daniel told Time Magazine. "I can't even fight. I'm going to make such hard work for my family in the future. If I could have died, I would have."
"I came to Sudan with 3D printers, laptops, spools of plastic and the goal to build Daniel an arm," Ebeling said.
He found Omar in a Yida Refugee camp and was aided by Dr. Tom Catena, an American who has been working independently to help the people in the war torn area for years.
On Nov. 11, 2013, Omar got a 3D printed prosthetic arm. It was also on that day that Omar fed himself for the first time in two years.
It not only helped Omar, it also encouraged his friend who was a couple of years younger than him and aiding him with everything from eating to bathing and going to the bathroom.
"It doesn't just help Daniel to care from himself," Not Impossible Labs spokesman Elliot V. Kotek said. "It helps his friend free up time to do things like find food and work … it helps the caregivers too."
The problem is much larger than just Omar and his friend though. War has torn the area apart for decades, leaving more than 50,000 amputees in its wake, many of them children.
The second part of Project Daniel was to teach the people in Omar's camp to use the 3D printers to make other needed prosthetic limbs after Ebeling and his crew left. "We didn't want to just go down there, bring some stuff and leave," Kotek said.
Many of the people there only had access to what amounts to a fourth- to sixth-grade education and there was unreliable electricity. But, they learned how to use solar powered printers in an area so hot fans are needed to ensure the plastic cools properly. They are now capable of helping themselves.
"The fact they were able to do that with limited education, limited resources and limited infrastructure was just amazing," Kotek said.
The commitment to help people is written into Not Impossible Labs's DNA. Ebeling founded the company after creating Eyewriter, eye tracking glasses with open source software that enabled a renowned graffiti artist paralyzed by ALS to draw and communicate using only his eyes.
The company's unofficial mottos are, "help one, help many" and "technology for the sake of humanity." That's why Ebeling and his crew are looking to expand Project Daniel into countries like Mexico, India and Sierra Leon.
"We're actively looking for partners to help us make that happen," Kotek said.