The mission of the Wangari Maathai Foundation is to advance the legacy of Wangari Maathai by nurturing a culture of purpose and integrity that inspires courageous leadership. The vision is that by 2020 we will have created a vibrant forum focused on children and youth that educates, empowers, and engages them to grow into responsible citizens.
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By 2020 we have created a vibrant forum focused on children and youth that educates, empowers, and engages them to grow into responsible citizens.
The theory of change that guides the work of WMF is based in the premise that youth in Kenya will play a profound role in shaping the future, and the reality that, in Kenya today, corruption persists in society and affects almost every aspect of our lives. In the absence of effective corrective consequences to corruption, corrupt leaders emerge as the primary role models for youth, further breeding a culture of negative character. By introducing positive role modeling, and a character building program early in the education system, islands of positive culture emerge, from which leaders of integrity to emerge. Growing these islands of positivity eventually leads to more leaders with integrity, and over the long run, this will result in real change and an erosion of the corruption culture. The future of Kenya depends on the quality of her leaders. WMF recognizes that because young people will play a profound role in shaping the nation’s future, a moulding of core values and personal character is necessary and critical to remedy youth apathy, the courage deficit, and the perceived.
The WanaKesho Program – This program targets and nurtures 10-17-year-old Kenyan children to be ambassadors for change and seeks to instill the values of courage, integrity and a life of purpose through the Humming Bird Leadership Programme (HBLP). To read more about this program, see this article or this page.
The En-Courage Leadership Initiative – This initiative will target 18-35 year olds (male and female) with the goal of having them understand and adopt courageous leadership, underpinned by the values of integrity and life of purpose, inspired by the life and work of Prof. Wangari Maathai and to initiate a process of rapid improvement of the leadership capacity of Kenya’s young people by nurturing a culture of purpose, integrity and courage. Learn more.
The Wangari Muta Maathi House – The Wangari Muta Maathai House (WMMH) seeks to instill the conviction that everyone can be a force for positive change with commitment, persistence and patience by celebrating the life and work of Wangari Maathai. Read more.
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