- Premese Institute-Dip in Community Development
I'm passionate in working with different communities in initiating sustainable development projects. I'm currently working with the communities in the Kasigau Corridor REDD+ project in trying to solve some of the focal issues that are affecting them. Through our program, we have managed sponsor over 3,000 students by paying their school fees and also initiating water projects that provide a vital lifeline to the people in the semi arid area we live in. By doing these projects, I feel I am achieving my goals of capacity building within my community and helping my people realise their potential.
After joining Wildlife Works as a Community Relations Officer, I got an opportunity to further my education. I am currently working full-time while at the same time doing my higher Diploma in Community Based Development and Project Management. I do believe that education is key to success and through this I have empowered many young people in Kenya to join different learning programs. I have a personal goal that one day I will manage to get my Ph.D. in Social science and I believe that through hard work and commitment, I will definitely achieve it. I’m very grateful to my employer, Wildlife Works, for giving me a privilege to work so that I can pay my school fees and also my siblings school fees.
We are implementing a REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) project in the Southern part of Kenya, which protects over 500k acres of threatened forest as well as uplifting the lives of 100k local community members and preserving vital biodiversity. As a Community Relations Officer, my work is to make sure that communities understand issues concerning Climate Change and its effect, and how environment conservation can be of benefit to them. We use a variety of tailored communication tools, including showing films and putting on plays.
In addition, I work closely with communities in implementing initiatives that improve their quality of life. We have initiated different initiatives in the Kasigau Corridor REDD+ project through the money that we receive from the sales of carbon credits. We have managed to sponsor students by paying their school fees, we have also initiated water projects in the area, and many other income generating activities that have been helpful to the communities living around our project area. I've been an active staff and a community member in making sure our community benefits from the protection of forests.
I also work with our sales and marketing team to help them communicate to our corporate clients on the work that takes place at our project in Kenya. For example, last year I ran a workshop in Nairobi for 8 senior Barclays executives as part of their Leaders’ Quest program, and in October I will be speaking at a Barclays “Lunch and Learn” event in London that is open to all employees.