Four students from Kajire Girls High School in Taita Taveta emerged the
winners in a Business idea category and ranked the best overall nationally
in Diamond Africa Challenge held in Elgeyo Marakwet last week.
The four students: Sandra Lukundo , Macrina Antonia , Nancy Wairimo and
Joyce Mtoto led in the competition through the technology they invented
that according to them is the best and will help to reduce human wildlife
conflict experienced in their community.
The students who walked away with Ksh 20,000 from the competition said
their school is located in a remote area surrounded by farms belonging to
local community and as a tradition elephants normally raid those farms
during night and morning hours leading to destruction and risk of life.
They said last year there was countless attacks to the life and property of
the locals by the jumbos and as well two KWS officers were injured in the
process of flashing out the jumbos back to Tsavo National Park.
The prototype has been named “ANISAND” name sourced from word “Animal” and
“ Sandra” who is the founder of the project , can sense human or
animals 300 meters away and it alarms immediately to scare away the Jumbos
and as well alert the locals. The gadget is designed to send text message to
specific destination or person’s phone hence will help alerting the Kenya
Wildlife Service officers .
The girls say they have a strong beliefe that the prototype they have
invented will be welcomed by the international community and will be
improved to serve the disturbed communities who have experienced human
wildlife conflict in Kenya and Africa at large.
The girls expressed their excitement on winning and attributed the success
to dedication, hard work from their team members and great support from
their school Kajire Girls School and Sote ICT Hub , they will be visiting the
United States of America in April to showcase their innovation to the rest
of the world.