Mercy Kariuki is Local Engagement and Empowerment Coordinator for BirdLife Africa. She tells the story of how she fell in love with the birds of her home country, Kenya and how she developed her leadership skills through setting up an environmental group at her school. Mercy also explains the community projects that she helps to coordinate in order to create habitat for bird species in a range of African countries. And she discusses why she thinks conservation needs more women leaders, and the lessons she has drawn from the women who have inspired her.
Mercy also tells us about Njabini Wool Crafters (NWC) which is a youth-led, conservation focused co-op that aims at building an economically viable organisation while at the same time driving conservation of the Kinangop Plateau Grasslands, home to the critically endangered Sharpe’s Longclaw bird species. NWC provides training and skills development in the areas of wool product design, spinning and weaving to young people in the Kinangop area and works closely with farmers to enhance their income from sheep farming. You can find out more about the projects here https://www.rufford.org/projects/mercy_kariuki and here http://www.nwc.co.ke/index.php.
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