The College of Engineering and Technology students have an opportunity to showcase their innovative and creative skills in design following the launch of the “Inkua Donkey Cart Design Competition” by Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Africaqua and Water.org, Tuesday, July 28, 2015.
Speaking during the launch, Africaqua Chief Executive Officer, David Kuria, said that the aim of this initiative is to ensure that there is a more efficient and effective way of transporting water especially in the rural areas.
“In most of our rural homes people use donkeys with makeshift carts to fetch water and this is strenuous to both the animal and person. It is my hope that this group of students will be able to design a cart that will make this noble cause (fetching water) be effortless to both parties,” said Kuria.
Africaqua and Water.org bequeathed JKUAT with Kshs 1.3 million that will go towards the designing of the cart and the production of two prototypes. The winning team will get Kshs 100,000 while the two runners up will get Kshs 50,000 and Kshs 25,000 respectively. Apart from the cart being cost effective and sustainable it should also be gender sensitive.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga lauded Africaqua and Water.org for the partnership and appreciated the students who had picked up the challenge. She encouraged the students to come up with great designs and guaranteed Africaqua and Water.org that JKUAT has a great pool of innovative and creative students who will provide designs that will have a great impact in Kenya while addressing the issue of water transportation in the rural areas.
Prof Imbuga also lauded the gender sensitivity of the design and said she hopes that other organizations will take into consideration the empowerment of women especially in the field of science and agriculture.
The launch was also addressed by Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Prof. Romanus Odhiambo, the Principal, College of Engineering and Technology, Prof Benard Ikua and Water.org representative Elizabeth Were. The students are supposed to hand in their designed by Tuesday, September 15, 2015.