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Mr Joseph Adu Gyamfi Left Receiving the Award on Behalf of the Enactus UMaT Team
Mr Joseph Adu Gyamfi Left Receiving the Award on Behalf of the Enactus UMaT Team

Enactus UMaT Campus Chapter together with two other Tertiary Institutions in Ghana has won the Ford College Community Challenge Grant Worth $3,000 each. The Ford College Community Challenge is a signature educational program of the Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company. It runs in partnership with global non-profit organisation Enactus, which promotes the development of innovative solutions amongst University students in Ghana, Brazil, Germany, Kenya, Mexico, South Africa and the United Kingdom to address critical needs in their local communities. Annually, Enactus Campus Chapter Teams within the 36 countries where Enactus is present compete for the grant. Every participating country selects 3 finalists to receive a grant worth $3,000 to implement their projects.

Enactus UMaT is a campus chapter of Enactus Ghana, an international non-profit organisation dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action. They are a community of students, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a more sustainable world.

This year Enactus UMaT’s Bioethanol Team was shortlisted among twelve other Tertiary Institutions and the team together with the University of Ghana and University for Development Studies Teams emerged winners for the grant in Ghana. The project submitted was on the conversion of sugarcane bagasse into a smokeless fuel source for domestic cooking known as Ethanol Fuel Gel. This fuel is used in specially designed cookstoves made of aluminum. The project when completed will produce a climate smart energy for cooking in all households whilst making use of agro-waste, creating jobs and providing sustainable markets for local alcohol distillers at the project location in the Kissi Community in the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abriem  (KEEA) District of the Central Region.

Enactus UMaT Team on the Field
Enactus UMaT Team on the Field

The UMaT team was led by Mr Prince Essel from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Mr Samuel Bekoe from the Department of Geomatic Engineering. Other team members included Mr Jonathan Prince Nkansah, Mr Martin Luther King Jnr from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mr Ebenezer Adomako Mensah, Miss Emily Bansah from the Department of Geological Engineering, Mr Daniel Ankrah from the Department of Petroleum Engineering and Mr Emmanuel Donkor from the Department of Mathematical Sciences. Dr Ishmael Quaicoe of the Environmental and Safety Engineering Department was the Faculty Advisor.

Presentation of the grant was done at this year’s Enactus Ghana National Competition held in June at the Accra International Conference Center.  The event brought together all Enactus Campus Chapters in Ghana on one platform to present projects to the audience and a Professional Panel of Judges, using entrepreneurial action to empower communities to become a more sustainable place to work and live.

Source: Paul Y. A. Yeboah, Head, University Relations Office