Kenyatta University students to represent Africa is the Geneva Challenge 2018.
A group of five students, Thomas Mbaru,Lawrence Kinuthia, Fenton Okoth, Joyreen Wanyeki, and Mercy Nyakang’i, from the CISP & CDN-sponsored Master of Economics (Cooperation & Human Development) programme at Kenyatta University, Nairobi Kenya, have beaten all odds to emerge top in Africa and top 5 globally in the Geneva Challenge 2018. A total of 292 teams submitted their proposals.
Their project dubbed ‘Maji Uhai- Rainwater harvesting solution for arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs)’ wowed the judges both at the Academic Steering Committee Evaluation stage and Independent Jury Panel Review stage.
The project seeks to leverage rooftop and surface runoff collections and storage to widen rural water harvesting capacity. The project that tackles water harvesting could help change thousands of lives in Kenya’s north rift region. According to The Graduate Institute, the project was “driven by the need to activate the potential of ASAL (arid and semi arid lands) areas through water availability and accessibility, Maji Uhai Project, an innovative water harvesting, storage, and management solutions.”
The team will be headed for The Graduate Institute in Geneva, Switzerland, from November 26 to 28 for the Finalists Presentation and Award Ceremony.
This article was first published on the Kenyatta University site.