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The US Ambassador, H.E. Robert Godec visits the wPOWER Hub at the Wangari Maathai Institute

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By Tindi Sitati / wPOWER Hub News

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya, H.E Robert F. Godec, today visited the wPOWER Hub at the Wangari Maathai Institute, University of Nairobi and was received by hosts, the Vice Chancellor UoN, Prof Peter Mbithi, the Principal, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences (CAVS), Prof Kiama Gitahi and the wPOWER Hub Director Wanjira Mathai.

The visit started with an interactive presentation, by Wanjira Mathai, the wPOWER Hub Director, who described the global energy scenario and emphasised the role of the wPOWER Hub in promoting the critical role of women in clean energy solutions to climate change. ‘ Only 30% of Kenyans have access to electricity and 70 % of the population uses kerosene and candles to light their nights’ said Wanjira Mathai .

Ambassador Godec praised the efforts of the wPOWER Hub at the Wangari Maathai Institute in addressing environmental, health and economic challenges facing grassroots women in rural Kenya. “ It is great that the wPOWER initiative is bringing clean energy technologies to the communities” said the Ambassador.

Following a wide-ranging discussion on partnership working and innovation, Ambassador Godec visited the clean energy exhibition at the Hub, which provides information on the costs associated with various clean energy technologies, their availability, the fuels they use, and the distributors who supply them. The exhibit has been displayed at trade fairs, exhibitions, and public meetings to raise awareness and create public visibility of clean energy alternatives.

Ambassador Godec visited the green campus site, that will soon be home for the Wangari Maathai Institute. He planted a tree at the Green Belt Movement (GBM) initiated peace park,situated  at the green campus site, to honor victims and survivors of the Garrisa University terrorist attack in Kenya.

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     From left ( Director wPOWER Hub, Wanjira Mathai, Principal CAVS, Prof Kiama Gitahi, US Ambassador to Kenya, Robert Godec, Vice Chancellor UoN, Prof Peter Mbithi

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From Right ( Vice Chancellor UoN, Prof Peter Mbithi, US Ambassador Robert Godec, wPOWER Hub Director Wanjira Mathai, wPOWER Hub Partnerships Director, Linda Davis, Green Belt Movement Executive Director, Aisha Karanja, Wangari Maathai Institute Director, Prof Henry Mutembei, Green Belt Movement Programs Manager, Charles Mwangi

 

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The wPOWER Hub: Preserving Forests through Tree Planting

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The wPOWER Hub at the Wangari Maathai Institute today hosted a tree planting ceremony to promote the management and conservation of the environment, as part of its core mandate.

The ceremony was attended by the University of Nairobi Vice Chancellor, Prof Peter Mbithi, The Green Belt Movement, students and staff members from The College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, and other stakeholders.

More than 2,300 tree seedlings from indigenous trees were planted.

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Right, wPOWER Hub Academic Director Prof Henry Mutembei, Aisha Karanja,Executive Director,Green Belt Movement

Right, wPOWER Hub Academic Director Prof Henry Mutembei, Aisha Karanja,Executive Director,Green Belt Movement

 

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