Eastern DRC students construct car using Waste Materials

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Students aged between 15 and 20 years have used waste materials to build a car which they named Mad Max.

It was gathered that the project was a success after two years of working on it. The students are said to be in the 6th year of mechanic studies at the Institute of technology and industry.

“Each time we repair a car engine, Crispin Muyalalo a teacher, explains, if it is a diesel car we always check whether the injection pump is working and ensure that it delivers a consistent flow according to the data of the settings.”

In order to make their dream a reality, the group of 12 young students had to overcome material and financial hardships. Their efforts paid off and the impact has exceeded their expectations.

“When are project was completed we saw the joy of the inhabitants of the city and suddenly everyone was interested in our project, Samuel Ntamwenge recalls. They promoted it on social media which proves their intention, but we need funding. They may have intention but without funding it remains insufficient. As time passes, we are sure investors will come.”

This vehicle was built using scrap metal and works with a diesel engine. A canister set up in the back serves as fuel tank. Mad Max uses a 1l of oil for 7km which enables the car fuel consumption to meet international standards.

“Since we used some discarded elements, we cannot give in detail the sum of money we invested in this project but it cost us around 2500 $, teacher, Crispin Muyalalo shares. Thanks to the car we built, we would for the world and the Democratic Republic of Congo to know that there are talents in the DRC and that the young people that we supervise are able to make great things. They started discarded elements and were able to turn them into something visible.”

In order to develop other samples of these prototype, the students hope for the Congolese government and other benefactors to help them attain the next step.