Kenyans Remembers Prof. Wangari Mathai


Family, relatives and friends of the late Prof Maathai will be holding a memorial service at the Karura Forest, Nairobi.

The service will take place at the Wangari Maathai Corner in Karura forest.

Justice Njoki Ndung’u, Green Belt Movement (GBM) Board and members, members of GBM’s tree nursery groups and the public are expected to attend the memorial service.

Prof Maathai founded the GBM in 1977 to encourage women to plant trees in order to improve their lives through access to clean water by reversing the effects of deforestation.

The movement has so far planted over 30 million trees across Africa and assisted more than 900,000 women to plant trees.

She died on September 2011 while receiving cancer treatment in Nairobi.

Her last wish was that every institution and organization in Kenya would plant 71 trees in her memory.

She was not only an icon in Kenyan community but also in the eyes of the international world.

By Rehema Juma

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