About Zuri Awards
Zuri Awards is a platform that recognizes and celebrates outstanding women in line with the International Women’s Day theme. The women are:
- Dedicated to creating positive change through work in their communities
- Inspiring other women through exceptional displays of leadership
- Rising against all odds and being courageous in the face of adversity
- Changing lives of their communities in the various segments of the market
2019 Awards Categories
- Health Care
- Renewable Energy
- Young Achiever
- Public Service
- Arts and Culture
Fatuma Abdulkadir Adan
Horn of Africa Development Initiative (HODI)
The Initiative works to break the deeply rooted societal taboo of not openly discussing issues that are affecting women and girls.
The sessions are used to help the girls have a voice and a choice in their lives.In itself, use of football is a powerful statement to say NO to restrictions on girls in Marsabit, as girls are not allowed to participate in sports. The program has directly benefited 1,645 girls in the last 3 years..
Dr. Chao Mbogo
Program Lead and Co-Founder, KamiLimu
Dr. Chao Mbogo is the Program Lead and Co-Founder of KamiLimu, which is a 6-month structured mentorship program for Computer Science University students.
KamiLimu aims at immersing students into the local tech industry and also encouraging them to give back to the community through the skills their acquire. KamiLimu has achieved a 46% female representation of their mentorship program;15 students who were beneficiaries of the first cohort became peer mentors in the second cohort; 25 industry professionals, from companies such as Google and Andela, have contributed their time and skills to the program; 3 female mentees in the program received international scholarships after undergoing training on writing award-winning scholarship essays. KamiLimu is directly impacting its mentees by contributing to their profession, making them globally competitive…
HELD Sister Foundation
Carolyne Nyambura of HELD Sister Foundation attends to cancer patients, cancer caregivers and people wanting to live a healthy lifestyle.
The foundation also provides psychosocial support to those facing cancer and their caregivers. HELD Sister Foundation has managed to screen more than 6,000 women for cervical cancer, breast cancer, diabetes, hypertension and BMI in 14 different counties in the last 4 years since their inception . They have also directly and indirectly educated approximately 50,000 men and women from both rural & urban areas on cancer prevention and management as well as the role of nutrition in diseases prevention & management. In addition, they have mentored more than 2,000 school going youths and 1,000 children with special needs.
Since its inception in 2015, The Kesho Alliance has been fighting for quality education,especially for the girl child in Garissa county.
Their day to day activities include; holding youth forums and dialogues, distribution of sanitary pads,offering mentorship programs and conducting lots of research on their dynamic society. The Kesho Alliance have been working towards the implementation and advocacy for the 2/3 gender rule in Garissa county, land ownership for women and more women participation in leadership. The Kesho Alliance pioneered the Student to STudent Sponsorship (S2S) that aims at providing monetary and mentorship aid to needy students across the country; it is a foundation of the students, by the students and for the students..
Senior Telecom Engineer, Safaricom PLC
She is also the Regional Ambassador in Kenya for Technovation challenge under the Women in Technology program..
Tec novation challenge aim is to inspire girls to see themselves not just as users of technology, but as inventors, designers, builders and entrepreneurs who can solve real – world problems through technology. Through this program Anne has mentored and coached over 2000 girls into becoming mobile app developers by imparting basics of coding, user – interface design, market research, entrepreneurship and presentation skills.
Cynthia Nyongesa, a law student at the University of Nairobi, runs a blog that aims to mentor and inspire the African Youth.
Cynthia’s blog and social media platforms highlight and bring to life stories of young Africans who are using their life, leadership and business skills to positively impact their communities. Cynthia is motivated by the determination of African youth which is why she uses her excellent writing skills to bring both known and unknown youth stories to life; she writes and shares these stories so as to empower and inspire more youth around the African to achieve more.
Venoranda Rebecca Kuboka
Venoranda of Youth Changers Kenya, works with adolescent girls and young women (aged between 15-30 years) from Kiambu County.
Youth Changers Kenya facilitates training and forums on sexual health, mental health and provides psychosocial support to victims of abuse. Venoranda through Youth Changers Kenya has managed to train over 8000 young girls and women on their sexual reproductive health and rights. Youth Changers Kenya plays a key role in fighting sexual violence in Kiambu County; it aims at engaging the boy child and other diverse groups in addressing societal vices such as teen pregnancy, contraceptives and sexual violence….
Iladho Galgallo a member of Women In Technology program(WIT) is inspiring Marsabit’s next generation.
Iladho Galgallo is giving back to her community by reaching out girls who experience different challenges such as; little emphasis on education, early marriage and unprofound cultural expectations. Having overcome many challenges to be where she is, Galgallo’s success story is part of the See & Believe Strategy, that strives to communicate to the people in marginalized areas that girl child empowerment through education is worth the investment and can indeed bear fruits..
Halima Abba Ali
Halima Abba through Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung (DSW) Kenya, mentors and educates young adolescents in Kilifi County on sexual reproductive health and rights .
DSW Kenya has been able to support more than 4,500 young adolescent girls with free sanitary towels, underpants coupled with menstrual hygiene information; They have also trained parents and teachers on positive parenting and importance of parent-child communication. Through their initiative they have been able to retain more than 6000 young adolescents girls and boys in schools..
Josephine Kamanthe Ndambuki
Josephine Ndambuki is a principle strategy planning analyst at Safaricom; she serves as the Vice chair of Safaricom Sacco and the chairperson of the League of Young Professional.
Josephine’s work revolves around impacting technology professionals, youth, women and girls in technology; she takes it upon herself to advocate for gender inclusivity especially in tech careers and service opportunities. As vice chairperson in Safaricom Sacco, she has worked together with her team to deliver robust yet aggressive marketing strategies to ensure a strong organization performance impacting over 10,000 members. As the chairperson for the League of Young professionals of Kenya, she leads a team of passionate leaders who ran vibrant programs for over 2000 members drawn from different professions and businesses..
Uwezo Girls Empowerment Center
Uwezo Girls Empowerment Center works to uplift out-of-school girls, single mothers and ongoing- schoolgirls from the vast Kibera slums.
The Center trains and mentors the beneficiaries on life skills and entrepreneurial aspects which include fashion & design, computer literacy, modelling, and naturing the female football talent.Since its inception in 2011, Uwezo Girls Empowerment Center has impacted over 15,000 beneficiaries.; for instance their female football team, the Amani Queens, has produced footballers that have been selected for to play for regional and national league teams. The Kesho Alliance believes that the responsibility of ensuring a gender-balanced society is a collective role, which starts with equipping women with the much needed knowledge, skills and abilities to undertake roles assumed to be only for men.
Samburu Girls Foundation
Samburu Girls Foundation rescues girls in Samburu, Isiolo, Laikipia and Marsabit counties from harmful cultural practices such as female genital mutilation, child Marriages and beading;
Samburu Girls Foundation rescues girls in Samburu, Isiolo, Laikipia and Marsabit counties from harmful cultural practices such as female genital mutilation, child Marriages and beading;.