The STEM DRC Initiative is a duly organized and registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with offices in the USA and the DRC.
The organization is dedicated to lifting the social and economic future of all Congolese people by awarding Scholarships in fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Most of the Congo remains underdeveloped, with the population suffering from extreme poverty.
Bright young students in the DRC have limited access to higher education. Without education, there is simply no socio-economic progress.
In this photo, the woman is farming by traditional methods. Unimproved soil and traditional crops produce poor results. Science can improve crop profiles, yields, and more!
Without education, there is no electricity, no industry, no access to communication or internet infrastructure. Technology such as solar power projects can help provide electricity to even the most remote locations, supporting industry, communication technology, and progress.
Evidence has shown that higher education in STEM fields empowers individuals to solve structural socio-economic problems for entire regions.
Publicly and privately funded research by international organizations such as the United Nations and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) have produced outstanding results.
Higher education produces a population of working professionals able to create economic opportunity and social advancement for an entire population.
How It Works:
By providing STEM Scholarships, the STEM DRC Initiative will produce more working STEM Professionals in the Congo every year. Working STEM Professionals will support future social and economic development for the benefit of the entire country as a whole. Likely outcomes include electrification for schools, hospitals, and villages.
Further, it is expected that an improvement in agricultural practices will lead to higher yields and better nutrition.
Finally, growth in industry, especially social entrepreneurship, will create jobs that simultaneously provide escape from poverty for individuals and widespread benefits to entire communities.
Where The Funding Comes From:
The STEM DRC Initiative has been funding STEM Scholarships by collaborating with all persons or organizations who are interested in promoting education to produce socio-economic development.
Donations supporting the STEM Scholarships awarded to date have come from STEM professionals, companies in STEM-related industries, and foundations or philanthropists supporting education for socio-economic development as a solution to world hunger, poverty, and other social problems. Supporters have been from the DRC as well as from interested companies and foundations from the Diaspora around the world, particularly the USA.
The Primary Goals of the STEM DRC Initiative are
“To Create Social and Economic Transformation in the DRC by Funding STEM Education, Supporting STEM Research, and Encouraging Social Entrepreneurship.
The Mission Of The STEM DRC Initiative:
“Our main concerns are to strengthen social and economic growth in the Congo by: increasing student and teacher engagement in STEM education; encouraging collaborative research in STEM fields; and supporting entrepreneurship in STEM industries to promote electrification, education, agriculture, or other activities that lead to social or ecomomic development.
We believe that increased numbers of STEM professionals working in the DRC will empower the Congolese people to solve structural problems of isolation and proverty.
History of The STEM DRC Initiative
In 2018, the 501c3 Non-Profit Foundation offered 6 scholarships.
In 2019, with help from our sponsors in the DRC (RDC), the organization funded 60 Scholarships.
The STEM DRC Initiative is especially excited to share that 70 percent of these scholarships are for women in STEM.
Support From the DRC, and Diaspora:
The organization and scholarship efforts are supported by a network of STEM professionals.
Donations have come from engineers, researchers, institutions, and companies who operate in the DRC and it’s diaspora, including the USA provide support.
Please see www.StemDRC.com for more information about the European and African operations of the organization.
About The Founder:
The STEM DRC Initiative was founded by Dr. Sandrine Mubenga, PhD, PE who was born in the city of Kinshasa in the DRC. After suffering a potentially lethal medical emergency as a young lady, because a hospital in Kinshasa, DRC had no electricity and no gas for the generator, Dr. Mubenga decided to dedicate her life to bringing electricity to her native country.
Dr. Mubenga completed her Bachelor, Masters and Doctoral work at the University of Toledo in the USA. During this time, she invented a hybrid hydrogen/electric car along with a hydrogen generating station that creates hydrogen fuel for the car from sunlight and air.
She also helped invent the Bi-level Battery Equalizer for improved management of large-scale lithium ion battery banks such as are used in Automotive, Aerospace, and Solar Power Installations including Utility Scale Solar PV Electrification projects.
This patented invention is a game changer because it reduces battery bank size by 30% and increases service life by 30% making products using lithium ion battery banks smaller, lighter, more durable – and more affordable!
As Founder and CEO of SMIN Power Group LLC, Dr. Mubenga is working as an electrical engineer with interest in electrification projects up to and including those serving entire communities. She is also a tenure-track professor of electrical engineering technology at the University of Toledo.
The STEM DRC Initiative is seeking partnerships with others of like mind and spirit to offer:
- STEM based online classes and tutorial that have plenty of DIY video for traditional students.
- STEM based online classes for those who dropped out of school but are interested in STEM. Especially girls.
- Virtual (Remote Online) classes where professor can be in one location and teach a class located in the DRC, Africa, or anywhere in the world.
Further, The STEM DRC Initiative would like to Create STEM DRC Centers of Excellence in the DRC where:
- Children’s (students) and adults (teachers) can experiment with hands-on activities, STEM classes.
- Testing will take place for the STEM scholarship
- Entrepreneurs in the STEM field can find the resources, mentorship and facilities to start their business with support of an incubator providing facilities for 3-4 small business startups.
- Top notch lab spaces based on international standards can be created for collaborative research such as those sponsored by the NSF.
To Learn More About The Organization, Membership, and Supporters, or to Learn How to Apply for a STEM Scholarship, Please see www.StemDRC.com
USA Fundraising Lead / Media Contact is Lonn Dugan. Use the contact form to request additional information or schedule interviews.