Wangari Maathai Scholarship Fund; established in 2012, by The Rockefeller Foundation,Kenya Community Development Foundation(KCDF) and Green Belt Movement(GBM) is an environmental innovations fund set up in memory of The Late Nobel Laureate Prof. Wangari Maathai. It is aimed at developing action-oriented young people with strong values and commitment to the conservation of the physical and social environment in Kenya.
Receiving the award from Dr.Isaac Kalua of Green Africa Foundation
Each year, the Fund awards a tertiary education scholarship to a woman between the age of 18-25 who has demonstrated passion and personal commitment to environmental conservation. This particular individual must have also demonstrated their ability to successfully mobilize people and provide leadership in environmental advocacy in Kenya.
From left-Janet Mawiyoo CEO KCDF, Mwihaki Muraguri-Kimura Senior Associate Director of Rockefeller Foundation Africa Regional Office, Dr. Isaac Kalua Founder and Chairperson of Green Africa Foundation and Wanjira Mathai of Green Belt Movement.
This year i was lucky to be that young woman,in a ceremony held at the Green Belt Movement Offices in Nairobi, I was awarded as the 3rd recipient of the Wangari Maathai Scholarship award on Tuesday the 9th of June 2015.
Mama’s love is the best
Well i was humbled,still am humbled and honored to have been awarded a scholarship that was influenced by the life and career of a great woman,a woman who stood for what she believed in and the environment she so loved.The late Nobel Laureate Prof. Wangari Maathai is still a great role model to young girls like who wish to pursue a career in environmental studies.
And to the woman who was instrumental in nurturing my passion for nature and environment as a whole.The late Mrs Prudenciana Akumu Otiato i dedicate this award to you “kukhu”.
With this award i hope to inspire the young girls i work with back home through my mentorship project:Return of Sisterhood, into conserving their environment.It is my hope and prayer that they will be humming birds,just like i have chosen to be.
Oh! And i got to hug this beautiful Podocarpus falcatus that was planted the late Nobel Laureate Prof Wangari Maathai after she won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004.
I refuse to be the other animals(like the elephant with a big trunk,the cheetah with all its speed), who chose to stand and watch their home(Forest) go up in flames.I therefore will be a humming bird; a beautiful,hardworking and devoted one for that matter.And i chose to save my home.