Nyakima Gitiri Women's Group
Since 1983 this community women's group has raised and supplied 175,000 seedlings for rural afforestation and collaborated with the Kenyan ministry of agriculture in promoting better farming methods.
Stephen S. Wanje
Dr. Wanje, a medical practitioner in Maragoli, West Kenya, promotes better farming methods as well as health care among local women farmers.
He uses his farm to demonstrate sustainable agriculture in marginal areas and provides low-cost medical care to the community.
Mr. Werikhe raised nearly US $1 million for rhino conservation in his sponsored walks in 1982, 1985 and 1988 which covered nearly 5,000 km in Kenya and several European countries. His "walks for the rhino" significantly increased awareness and influenced public opinion in Kenya and Europe.
He is a rare example of an African grassroots activist in a field usually dominated by expatriate scientists.
Anna H. Merz
In 1982 Mrs. Merz invested all her savings, time and energy in the creation of the rhino sanctuary at Lewa Downs Ranch in Kenya. There have been many difficulties - including drought and poachers - but today there are eight white rhinos and 13 black rhinos in the sanctuary. 11 black and four white calves have been born including a black female who was hand-reared by Mrs. Merz from birth and is now seven and half years old and living free with the other rhinos.
Michael A. N. Odula
10 years ago, Mr. Odula, a High School headmaster on Rusinga Island, began an environmental conservation and education programme involving thousands of primary and secondary school children in planting trees, soil conservation, and a central tree seed-bank.
Daphne Marjorie Sheldrick
For over 25 years, Daphne Sheldrick has worked at the 8,000 sq. mile Tsavo National Park in Kenya. She successfully raised and rehabilitated to the wild many animals.
She was the first person to succeed in raising orphaned infant elephants to which end she established the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Sheldrick has brought to light the more subtle behavioural aspects of wild creatures, and has featured prominently on numerous television programmes.
She has passed on her experiences in four popular books, written articles on wildlife matters and lectured extensively in Kenya and abroad.
Some of the poorest people in the world live in the Mathare Valley slums in Nairobi, and over half of them are children. MYSA was created as a small self-help prograrmne by local youth to organize their own slum clean-up projects and sports leagues.
Today, with 20 leagues, 225 teams and more than 4,000 players, MYSA has become one of the largest youth sports organizations in Africa. Every weekend nearly 1,500 children tackle two major causes of the high rates of disease and deaths, by clearing garbage and drainage ditches and participating in sports activities.
Perin Savakshaw Fitter
Perin Fitter, a British teacher and environmentalist working for the Environment Conservation Volunteers Project, has helped foster environmental awareness by introducing Kenyan youth to different environmental management methods used by countries abroad.
Working in close consultation with the Presidential Commission and Ministries of Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources, she has carried out projects, conducted seminars and organized exchange programmes in various districts. By extending the mobile film unit programme to rural schools, she has succeeded in spreading the message of soil conservation to an average of 600 students per day.
Dr. Frederick Gikandi
Dr. Frederick Gikandi is a unique environmentalist who for the past 13 years has, on a volunteer basis, undertaken activities to reclaim a large and neglected quarry in Kenya's coastal city, Mombasa.
The 40-foot deep quarry located 600 meters offshore and with its floor only four feet above the sea, had been earmarked as the municipality's refuse dump site. Were it not for his efforts, the surrounding urban neighbourhoods would have suffered from air pollution from the decomposing refuse, and the Indian Ocean's coastal and marine ecosystems would have been polluted. With no training in the field of the environment and sometimes against great odds, Dr. Gikandi has rehabilitated the quarry by planting trees and raising environmental awareness through a campaign, involving the local population. When the area was completely re-afforested, he invited 10 different tribesmen to replicate their rural homes in the small clearings of the new forest. The outcome is now a well-known sustainable eco-cultural tourist village named Ngomongo Village.
His campaign involved public meetings, public speaking, and the distribution of flyers throughout the community including to school children and visitors to the village. More significantly, Dr. Gikandi has personally invested some US$200,000 in his reclamation project, which is serving as a model for other urban and non-urban communities, which are affected by degraded lands.
Adult Award Winner in 1987
Founded in 1968, WCK is a national non-governmental organisation involving more than 100,000 school children. It organises workshops, annual awareness week and has a mobile education unit which visits schools.
The clubs also participate in environmental programmes such as tree planting.