Three extraordinary young people from Kenya were invited to Buckingham Palace on June 29 and awarded the Queen’s Young Leaders Award by Queen Elizabeth II herself.
The Award recognizes people between the ages of 18-29 from across the Commonwealth nations for their dedication to driving change in their communities and beyond with projects in tackling global issues such as education, climate change, gender equality, mental health, disability, and equality.
This year’s Award recipients from Kenya are 28-year-old Domtila Chesang, 27-year-old Chebet Lesan, and 21-year-old Towett Ngetich. They are part of a total of sixty young people who were being honored this year. Their efforts include working to end female genital mutilation, raising awareness of the dangers of indoor air pollution, and using digital technology to help ensure communities have access to safe medicines.
One of them who has stood out for us is Towett Ng’etich, a Communications and Public Relations student at Moi University who runs a startup called ‘Uthabiti’ (uthabiti.org).
Uthabiti aims to rid Kenya of counterfeit drugs with about 30% of all Health products in the country being fake, according to the startup’s website. Its main aim is to create access to safe medicines and health products to the crowded urban spaces population.
“We have a mobile app listing pharmacies registered by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board of Kenya. Patients are able to access information on the product of their wish, which nearby store has it and at how much just by logging in, and then placing an order and waiting for it to be delivered,” said the 21-year-old in a recent interview.
Towett Ng’etich and all other Queen’s Young Leaders Award winners are now expected to support others, raise awareness and inspire change in their various communities.
Dr. Astrid Bonfield CBE, Chief Executive of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust said:
“The Queen’s Young Leaders of 2017 are doing truly remarkable work within their communities. Their actions are having a positive impact not only on those around them but also by setting in motion a positive change that will last for generations to come. The residential program is an opportunity for the 2017 Queen’s Young Leaders to come together for the first time, to foster partnerships and share ideas about how they can work together as a group to improve people’s lives all over the Commonwealth. We are delighted that these young people are being recognized for their life-changing work by Her Majesty The Queen and we hope that their time in the UK will inspire and enable them to pursue their work for others on an ever greater scale.”
Congratulations To The Queen’s Young Leaders Award Winners.