In a Goma factory floor, east of Democratic Republic of Congo, students are busy on their working stations. They are in the 6th year of mechanic studies at the Institute of technology and industry. They 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. It is the name they chose for the car shaped like the safari model of a the British car manufacturer Land rover.
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.
“When are project was completed we saw the joy of the inhabitants of the city and suddenly everyone was interested in our project, Samuel Ntamwenge recalls. They promoted it on social media which proves their intention, but we need funding. They may have intention but without funding it remains insufficient. As time passes, we are sure investors will come.”
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.
To develop other samples of these prototype, the students hope for the Congolese government and other benefactors to help them reach the next step.