Youths powered up for change

Team Project Cheway, comprising students from the Chemical and Environmental Engineering Students’ Society in NUS Engineering, came out tops in Maybank’s eMpowering Youths Across ASEAN programme, where they clinched the Power Up Award 2016 and $15,000 in funding for their impactful and sustainable social initiatives in the Philippines.

The group helped set up a system to harvest rainwater for household use, as well as a biosand filter to recycle bathroom and kitchen waste water for residential use. They also planted mangrove trees to prevent floods from rushing inland and destroying houses.

Their work was presented at a programme showcase held recently at Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre.

More than 200 local university students participated in the programme which aims to encourage youths to become change-makers by using social innovation to reduce poverty and empower ASEAN communities.

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