The Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF) has  launched the Young Environmentalist Innovative Challenge (YEIC), an environmental innovation fund that aims at developing action-oriented young individuals committed to the conservation of the environment.

The finalists of this challenge will be awarded in two categories. The first category will see three young environment champions awarded a grant of between Ksh800,000 to Ksh1,500,000, while the second category will have six organizations awarded a grant of between Ksh3,000,000 to Ksh5,000,000 each implementing their unique environment conservation-based ideas. 

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The ceremony brought together, youth representatives, the private sector, environment champions, advocates and enthusiasts which highlighted the importance of conserving the environment as part of the efforts to mitigate the current global challenges like drought and climate change.

Speaking during the event, the Chief Guest Samson Toniok, CEO National Environment Trust Fund (NetFund) applauded the initiative as timely when the world today is faced by unprecedented environmental crisis including the global phenomena of climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss. 

“The effects of these global challenges remain stark realities in our day-to-day lives such as frequent droughts, rising waters, extreme weather and flash floods that continue to take the toll on Kenyans  and their livelihoods. For this reason, I would like to applaud KCDF for this noble initiative and encourage you to continue fostering partnerships for future and continued success of this challenge,” he said.

Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF) is a public philanthropic foundation in Kenya that supports sustainable community-driven development.

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