When I was in college, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to do a short study abroad in Kenya. DePaul University partners with the Green Belt Movement, an NGO that works for female and community empowerment through environmental initiatives. It was an incredible experience, and one that I often find myself reflecting on.
So I was excited to share information about the Green Belt Movement's volunteer opportunities over at Trazee Travel! Professor Maathai continues to be such an inspiration, and I'm always saddened by how few people in the States know about her and her extremely important work. Although she passed away a few years ago, her organization lives on and continues to work for Kenya.
"Founded by Professor Wangari Maathai in 1977, the Green Belt Movement (GBM) originally used the planting of trees to empower women in rural communities. Trees provided food, water purification and firewood. In return for planting trees, the women received a small monetary payment from the GBM and the National Council of Women of Kenya. But the mission quickly expanded to include women’s rights and education, as well as democratic reform and government accountability. In 2004, Professor Maathai was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her tireless efforts to empower women and address the issues facing Kenya."
You can read the piece and learn more about the Green Belt Movement at Trazee Travel.
Bridey is a freelance writer living in Washington, D.C.
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