Young & Vibrant African Students Develop Portable Water Filtration System for Communities in Need.

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Young & Vibrant African Students Develop Portable Water Filtration System for Communities in Need.
Young & Vibrant African Students Develop Portable Water Filtration System for Communities in Need.

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A team of students from the African Leadership University in Kigali, Rwanda, led by Kamuskay Kamuskay, recently participated in the Social Entrepreneurship Idea Hackathon. The hackathon, in partnership with Dell Technologies, Logitech, and Carbon Group, aimed to encourage and develop innovative solutions to address social and environmental challenges while creating economic value.

Out of 35 plus teams, Kamuskay’s team made it to the top 7 positions. The team’s presentation focused on the dire situation in Makoko, Nigeria, and Kigali, Rwanda, where a significant portion of the water sources were contaminated with fecal matter, and many people lacked access to improved sanitation facilities.

Their solution was a portable, sustainable, and detachable water filtration system that uses renewable energy to filter flood and rainwater into clean and drinkable water. The team’s research showed that over 90% of local NGOs and the population expressed a strong interest in their solution. They plan to target governments and NGOs as their primary customers, and their prototype contains recyclable materials.

Participating in the hackathon was a fantastic experience for Kamuskay and his team. They gained valuable experience and skills, and had the opportunity to network with other passionate individuals who share their desire to create change. Kamuskay expressed his pride in being part of such a fantastic team and his excitement about the impact their solution can make on the lives of people in Makoko and Kigali

The team’s success in the hackathon highlights the potential of social entrepreneurship to address some of the most pressing social and environmental challenges facing communities around the world. By developing innovative solutions that create economic value, social entrepreneurs like Kamuskay and his team are demonstrating that business and social impact can go hand in hand

Their solution has a strong market fit and could have a significant positive impact on the lives of people in Makoko and Kigali. By working with local stakeholders to ensure its successful implementation and scalability, Kamuskay’s team is setting an example for how social entrepreneurship can create sustainable change and economic value

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Festus Conteh is an international youth that functions conveniently in all forms of writing including article writing, news, script, content writing, constitution and project/proposal writing. Writing is fun to Festus and has brought fame and recognition in his clime. In 2019, he was awarded best upcoming writer in an online writing completion that was organized by the Association of Sierra Leonean Authors (ASLA). After his impactful contribution to national development and cohesion through writing, he was nominated for the African Genius Award for the Best Writer in Africa Award Category an award he lost to one of the greatest African Writers - Chinua Achebe. In 2022, Festus was one of the applicants to the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) as Vice Chairperson (Policy and Advocacy) a process that met imperil feedback. As a freelancer, Festus has written articles for magazines, newspapers, and media houses and his articles have attracted big media houses including BBC, Aljazeera and Legit. Ng and is the Head of Programs at Salone Messenger a public relations firm based in Sierra Leone with the latest news and information. He is the founder of Africa’s Wakanda a platform that spotlight the beauty of Africa. Festus is also a perpetual volunteer in life-changing causes and has shown great commitment and dedication to being a catalyst and solution to the challenges faced by young people like himself. Festus currently serves as the Secretary General of the Africa Youth Leaders movement which is a network of youth between the ages of 20 – 30 years who have shown achievement, leadership potential and commitment to make a difference. Festus is also the Africa Focal Point of Youth for Change Initiative, which is a platform through which young people can access resources, be empowered and given the opportunity to grow to become useful members of society who will participate in the development of their communities and nation. Along with another Africa Youth platform, Festus has Co-Founded the Future of Africa initiative which is an advocate forum with the aim to bring together local and international socio-economic stakeholders to support innovative programs aimed at advancing the radical and practical progress of adoption awareness-vulnerable children and youth and youth leadership-through interlinking local, regional and international resources and opportunities.
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