In the wake of implementation of Millennium Development Goals, Hultz Prize has taken the lead in solving the world’s most pressing issues by challenging young people to create solutions to those problems through Social entrepreneurship. Young innovative minds attached to the Hultz Prize Club at St. Paul’s University (SPU) took up the challenge boldly and came up with biodegradable sanitary towels through a project dubbed “Eco-Bana”. The group has been feted on several occasions for the brilliant innovation and earned opportunities to participate in various international events with the On Campus Awards hosted at Strathmore University being the most recent.
The On Campus Awards accorded the team an opportunity to network with participants from across the globe, learn and unwind thanks to the five-star hospitality befitting the champions! The three-day event was a beehive of activities including competitions among participants, showcasing of diverse heritages, a nature drive at the Nairobi National Park, picnics, team buildings, interviews and after party sessions. On the first day, participants were grouped into five families, through which they would compete among themselves. The families included: Lion, Rhino, Elephant, Buffalo and Leopard. Each of the St. Paul’s participants was placed in one of the families. The St. Paulians once again did us proud by taking up leadership roles in the respective families that resulted in seamless collaboration among members and realization of set milestones. The Buffalo and Lion families led by Vincent Wabwire and Lennox Omondi respectively, both of SPU carried the day on the first day; with Rhino emerging the best.
Events for the second day culminated in an evening Global Village session, where SPU’s “Eco-Bana” team presented their project to the audience. The team made yet another thrilling performance on the third day during the awards ceremony; this earned them a chance to feature on the Innovators Show hosted on KTN in a week’s time.
The team is grateful to their patron Mr. Michael Mungai, SPU’s Deputy Corporate Affairs Manager for his great leadership and the entire university management for the unwavering support throughout execution of the project. They are expected to leave for Boston in three weeks’ time to attend the Global Hultz Prize Acceleration, a culmination of the Hultz Prize activities. We wish them all the best in their endeavours.