On Saturday, January 28th, 2023, The Leo Project brought together over 200 community members and a number of organizations to clean up the Jua Kali center. The organizations included Laikipia Wildlife Forum, BATUK, Maiyan, Pathways Policy Institute, Leo Local and El Karama Lodge. The event was a great success and aimed to address the growing issue of waste management in the area.
At the end of the clean up, The Leo Project announced the winners of their Climate Change Essay Competition that was a pre-activity to the clean up. The three winners, O Stephenson, Mukuhi Wanjohi and Kelvin Mutuku, were each awarded with a certificate and a cash prize of Ksh 5,000. This essay competition was a great way to raise awareness about the importance of addressing climate change, and the winning essays showed that there is a strong interest in this topic among young people. The Leo Project and partner organizations intend to form a technical working group with this team of amazing writers to actualize their great ideas in combating climate change.
As a way forward, the partnering organizations will explore further collaboration opportunities amongst them. In conclusion, The Leo Project’s clean up event was a great success and showed the need for more sensitization and environmental education in communities within Laikipia County. The Leo Project intends to make this an annual event and as compared to last year’s event, there is growth in terms of community involvement and partner engagement.