American High School Students to Exhibit Life-Saving Technology in Kenya
Four American high school students will travel to Kenya to exhibit their life-saving invention.
Under the direction of senior Duro Johnson, students from Davenport West High School created a water filtration system to give Kenyans with safe drinking water.
The purpose of the system is to provide clean drinking water and eliminate the 25 percent of fatal water-borne infections that are preventable.
Greg Smith, a teacher at Davenport West who will join the four students on their trip, remarked that the recipients benefited much from the effort.
“You might do something for a class and just take it apart when you’re done. This is something that’ll change people’s lives — maybe not directly here — but around the world. Looking at some of those things we take for granted or issues we don’t typically have to deal with, it’ll definitely open students eyes, seeing that ‘Maybe I can do good.’
“Twenty-five percent of people are dying because of water-born diseases in that county, and the students are starting something that can lower the percentage. It’s going to be life changing for everyone,” he told the Telegraph.
It is anticipated that the initiative will save the lives of over 22,000 people in the drought-stricken Eastern area.
Students from Davenport West High School’s engineering, design, and development capstone course designed the project. It took six years to develop its design.
Johnson added that he was inspired to create the innovative product because his family is also from Africa – Nigeria.
The project is a collaboration between the school and Joshua Ngao’s Fishers of Men Ministries, Inc.
Ngao stated that the alliance would increase the number of homes that have access to water, despite the fact that millions continue to face the worst drought on record.
“We’re blessed to have this partnership. We have 19 water wells in Kenya, but we have have thousands of people who are dying right now because there’s no water or because of water contamination,” he stated.
The organization assists in the development of water wells, churches, schools, and residences for Kenyans.