First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has encouraged the youth to dream big and fully utilize their potential to realize their aspirations.
The First Lady said this even as she acknowledged the existence of a gap in the society where the youth find themselves with nothing to do, but affirmed the power of the latent talents lying within them.
“It is true, the youth need things to do, and we need to fill the gap that is there,” said the First Lady.
The First Lady was speaking today at State House, Nairobi, when she met 11 members of a youth organization known as ‘Stand UP Shout Out’ (SUSO).
The group was led by their President Peter Moll and CEO of Wildlife Direct Dr Paula Kahumbu.
“No dream is too big,” she reassured the youth who cut across all ages from high school, colleges, universities and the working class level.
The First Lady emphasized on the need for the youth to be more creative so as to engage in productive activities.
“Do not stop what you are doing. What you are doing has impact and you have my support,” said the First Lady.
Mr. Moll gave a presentation on the different platforms they were using to reach and link the youth to engage on positive activities that add value to society.
These included ‘Stand Up Shout Out for Rhinos and Elephants’, Feed a Soul (feeding the underprivileged in the society), environmental projects, sports, solution driven debates, arts and culture, and theatre.
“We use our organization to reach as many youth as possible in different institutions, professions and call on them to make positive impact in the society they live in through the work they engage in,” said Mr Moll.
On her part, Dr.Kahumbu said poaching in the country has gone down by 50% adding that trafficking of elephant tusks and rhino horns is done by international cartels.
She said her organization and other stakeholders are initiating various programmes aimed at sensitizing communities on how to conserver wildlife.
“There is need to adopt conservation of wildlife as a communal and cultural identity,” said Dr. Kahumbu
Adding; “Wildlife should be declared a heritage, a treasure for this country and our children can grow up valuing our animals, and so we can win the war against illegal ivory and rhino trade,” said Dr. Kahumbu.
She said trafficking of wildlife trophies is a transnational crime which requires governments to join hands to combat it.