Meet Wanjira Mathai at Wangari Gardens this Saturday May 4th

May 4, 2013 - 02:00PM
Wangari Gardens - Intersection of Kenyon and Park Pl NW Across the street from the Washington Hospital


Wanjira Mathai grew up in Kenya, traveling to the United States to attend college. She is a graduate of Hobart William Smith College and graduate schools of Business and Public Health at Emory University. She then worked as Sr. Program Officer for International Health at the Carter Presidential Center in Atlanta focusing on issues of disease eradication.  Since 2002, Ms. Mathai has been directing International Affairs at the Green Belt Movement (GBM), which was founded by her mother, the late Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of both GBM and the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace & Environmental Studies.

On Saturday 4th May Wanjira Mathai will be visiting Wangari Gardens, a 2.7 acre garden plot, adopted by Friends of Wangari, inc., for the non profit benefit of the surrounding neighborhoods in Washington DC. Built in the memory of Professor Wangair Maathai, the park includes a community garden, forest garden fruit orchard, dog park, rain garden, butterfly/sensory garden, education garden, playground, and wheelchair accessible trail (and more!). This garden is governed by the community, with the goal of being self-sustaining and aims to "bring creativity to unused land and enriching, sustaining, transforming, and cultivating it for the benefit of the surrounding community"


As an informal event we hope to hear stories from Wanjira Mathai about Professor Wangari Maathai and what the Green Belt Movement is currently working on.  Afterwards there will be a tour of the gardens and planting of fruit trees. 


Saturday May 4th,  2pm


Wangari Gardens - Intersection of Kenyon and Park Pl NW. Across the street from the Washington Hospital Center.




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