Friday, August 3, 2012

Maji Mazuri among winners of 2012 UNEP World Environment Day Challenge

Youth of Maji Mazuri Centre International
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Maji Mazuri Centre was named among five innovative projects by United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) as this year’s winners of the World Environmental Day (WED) Challenge, on Thursday.

People from all parts of the world participated in the environmental challenge, which presented a chance to win a Kia Motors fuel-efficient car.

Kenya’s Maji Mazuri Centre International won the Best Delivers Effective and Substantive Impact category.

Maji Mazuri (Swahili for Good Water) operates an initiative called Green Heroes, where dedicated youth focus on organizing and improving waste management in Nairobi’s informal Mathare settlement. They sensitize and educate the community through regular garbage collection and other communal activities that include sports.

On WED, the group organized a communal clean-up event, a discussion on the Green Economy and a soccer match that entertained more than 2,000 people in the area.

Other winners include
Biggest Activity Mobilization – Sunshine Coast Environmental Council from Sunshine Coast in Australia
Best Delivers Effective and Substantive Impact – Fundacion Ecoprogreso from Cartagena in Colombia
Best Supports WED Theme / Green Economy: Does It Include You? – Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha from Dhaka in Bangladesh
Most Creative, Unique and Fun – Hand in Hand India from Chennai (Madras) in India

Source: WED


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