Students in Democratic Republic of Congo build car using waste material
In a factory floor in Goma, located in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, students at the Institute of Technology and Industry have built a vehicle with waste material after two years of work.
This achievement has been a source of pride for the group and their teacher and today, the training continues.
"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."
The students aged between 15 and 20 have used all the technical skills they acquired to build Max Mad.
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.
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."
To develop other samples of these prototype, the students hope for the Congolese government and other benefactors to help them reach the next step.