In the Footsteps of Wangari Maathai
I believe everyone has a purpose in life, our decisions and trust in God lead us either closer or further away from our destiny.
My story began when I graduated with a Degree in Business Information Technology from Strathmore University in June 2013; I was happy and ready to face the world.
I joined a company that provides catering and camp services in Turkana County in the former Rift Valley Province of Kenya.
I realized that I had an interest in the environment when I joined the Health Safety and Environment department in that company. I felt more alive making sure people use environmental friendly products, from the detergents used to clean laundry, to the materials used in civil work.
I later decided to do a Masters Degree in environment. During my search for a good institution, I came across the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies (WMI), offering a Masters of Science Degree in Environmental Governance. I quickly enrolled and later learned that I would be in the pioneer class, something that really excited me.
I was amazed when I realized a colleague of mine had planted over 500 trees in Turkana, a semi-arid region with rainfall measurements recorded at less than ten inches per annum. The project is doing great and it brings joy to my heart seeing a green canopy in such an arid place. I will constantly take photographs of the project and share them with you.
In conclusion, I have read Professor Wangari Maathai’s memoir and it has really inspired me to see how she stood for what she believed in, for a better tomorrow.
This is why I want to follow in the footsteps of Wangari Maathai. I want to start an environmental NGO where I will conserve the environment by educating people on the importance of the environment, conserving and improving it. I will be grateful if you would train me on ways of conserving the environment.
I will be a great driver of change in this country. You will see my works. I aim on ensuring that 10,000 trees grow in Turkana, and I bring back the green canopy of Kenya. I am ready to get dirty, to be ridiculed and to stand for what I believe in, because I will finish what Wangari Maathai started.
This is my story and it has just begun.