BIC East Africa has announced the Hydro-Pads project from Jaramogi Oginda Odinda University of Science and Technology as the winner of the first edition of the BIC Educational Challenge.
The winning team’s project, Hydro-Pads, focused on using water hyacinth stalks and waste papers to make hydro pads for girls. The project aims to solve most of the challenges faced by girls during menstruation and the high cost of pads in the market and to create employment opportunities for the marginalized persons in Kenyan communities.
“The Challenge was formed to promote education, innovation, and social entrepreneurship. We were very impressed with the projects presented by the students and the entrepreneurial spirit demonstrated. We are proud to have created a platform that helps showcase students’ ideas at a national and international level. It is our greatest hope to see these projects come to life and lead a positive impact in Kenya. We thank Enactus Kenya for this strategic partnership and we look forward to working with them on future editions of the BIC Education Challenge,” BIC East Africa Deputy General Manager Michael Sinclair said in a statement.
The winning team was granted USD 1,000 which will be used to support the development of their Hydro-pads project. The Adopt-a-Pen team from Egerton University was named the first runner up receiving a grant of USD 600, and The EHEB project presented by student from Moi University was selected as the second runner up and awarded a grant of USD 400.
The Education Challenge launched late last year as a partnership between BIC East Africa, the BIC Corporate Foundation, and Enactus Kenya. The challenge which focuses on fostering better learning conditions by promoting social entrepreneurship and innovation in education saw submissions from students from all over the country. Five shortlisted projects were invited to present in front of a panel of BIC experts at the BIC East Africa headquarters in Kasarani.
The winning team will also receive mentorship from the BIC East Africa team as they prepare them for the 18th Enactus National Competition taking place in June 2020. The National competition winners will then represent Kenya at the 2020 Enactus World Cup later in the year competing against 37 Enactus affiliate countries. This year, the Enactus World Cup will take place in Utrecht, The Netherlands.