USAID Announces Ksh3.5 Million Youth Competition for Kenyans; How to Apply
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Canadian government invite Kenyan teenagers to apply for the Mombasa Plastic Prize competition.
The purpose of the Prize is to promote creativity and awareness among key players in Mombasa County, Kenya, about potential methods for combating the solid waste crisis.
According to the event’s organizers, the winning team will receive Ksh3.5 million, while the second-place team will receive Ksh2.5 million.
The third-place team will receive Ksh1.2 million in compensation.
“This prize builds on the work of the Afri-Plastics Challenge, funded by The Government of Canada, which aims to reduce marine plastics in sub-Saharan African countries by developing and scaling innovative solutions to plastic mismanagement,” reads a statement from the organizers.
This is one of the programs adopted to address the issue of marine garbage in coastal cities and villages.
Mombasa creates approximately 850 metric tons of waste daily, of which 20% is plastic.
Little has been done to recycle or reuse the garbage, necessitating intervention.
Youth adults aged 18 to 25 who reside in Mombasa County can participate in the tournament.
How to Apply
The applications must be submitted via their website;
The competition’s objectives should be properly understood by those who are interested.
Those who want to apply must fill out an online form and upload a three- to five-minute video introduction using a Google account.
The applicant’s motivation for providing waste management solutions should be briefly explained in the video.
In addition, the video should demonstrate a creative strategy for addressing solid waste in marine bodies. Notably, the winner will be chosen based on the originality of the submitted idea.
Also, candidates will have to show how they have helped solve problems in school or the community.