Three young Kenyans have had the privilege to be honored by Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom for their immense contributions to the society.
The three received the 2017 Queen’s Young Leaders Award for transforming live in their communities.
27-year-old Chebet Lesan was feted for her efforts in finding an alternative source of energy to help conserve the environment. She founded Bright Green Renewable energy, a firm that makes use of paper and agricultural waste to make charcoal, after realizing how charcoal burning had depleted forests in Kenya.
Her idea was named one of the best approaches to conserving the environment, bagging the Mandela Washington Fellowship Award.
Another Kenyan, Domitila Chesang, 28, was recognized for her committed effort in fight against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and early marriages and she is credited for saving many young girls in West-Pokot County from the retrogressive practices and ensuring they go through school.
Towett Ngetich, 21 also received the award for being the brain behind uthabiti.org. Uthabiti is a healthcare mobile application that enables patients to link with certified medical consultants. The platform creates a one-stop shop where patients log into a mobile app and consult a registered and certified medical doctor.
The awards by the Queen recognizes and celebrates people aged between 18-29 years from Commonwealth nations who have made remarkable efforts in transforming and improving their communities.
60 inspirational young people are selected each year to receive the award.