The Unheard Voices of the Young Waterkeepers

At Kenya Lake Victoria Waterkeeper, we strive to make Lake Victoria more Drinkable, Fishable and Swimmable. We are a community of water stewards and advocates for change for Lake Victoria. Looking back at our community and forward to our goals, we realized that we are missing some very important voices, which tend to be overlooked in many instances and which also have the potential to make the changes that we desire. 20170202_162638(0)

These are the voices of our next generations. To ensure a strong foundation for the work we are doing, it is paramount that we involve the little ones, who will be the ones practicing tomorrow.

 

18278736_1096895183748700_553424153405679302_oWe therefore set out to bring fourth pupils from different schools around Kisumu County and give them the opportunity to express their views on Saving Lake Victoria as we also teach them and give them the opportunity to be front runners in the fight for a better and cleaner Lake Victoria. We started by announcing a call for interested, passionate and enthusiastic pupils, to come up and submit written materials on why they think Lake Victoria is important enough to be saved. We were perturbed by the huge mass of applications we received and the very different and illuminating points of view that the little primary school pupils had. This led to a selection of the best pupils, who were then educated more and given a chance to express their thoughts more as we helped shape them into the stewards we want them to become. After the comprehensive learning sessions, it is now time for them to again put their voices down on paper and tell us what they thing we need to do to save Lake Victoria.

18216713_1096895070415378_1713379999147209277_oThis will lead into the launching of a campaign for Lake Victoria which will be based on the voices of these pupils and in the long run we are not only hoping to create change makers out of these little advocates, but that their speaking out on behalf of the Lake, will inspire our current generation and all the stakeholders are resource users of the Lake, to come together and do a better job in Making Lake Victoria More Drinkable, Fishable and Swimmable. We are bringing out the power within each and every one of these young advocates and manifesting it into a comprehensive collaborative communal power, which will work together and strengthen our actions to Save Lake Victoria.