Wangari Maathai Campus, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences
United States Ambassador to Kenya, H. E. Bob Godec today visited Wangari Maathai Campus , located at the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences to assess the progress of projects sponsored by his government.
Speaking during the inspection of projects funded by State Department, more so the Partnership on Women’s Entrepreneurship in Renewables (wPOWER ) the Ambassador expressed his satisfaction with how the project is affecting the lives of women in the rural areas and reducing the negative effects of climate change. US State department launched the wPOWER in January, 2013 with Senator Hillary Clinton as the Chief Guest to help women use renewable energy and reduce the devastating effects of climate change.
So far 8,000 women have been reached and up to 3.5 million lives have been touched. The wPOWER project has been carried out in several African Countries including: Uganda, Nigeria, Rwanda and Tanzania among others.
The Ambassador also took the opportunity to tour the construction work of Wangari Maathai Campus which is being funded both by the Africa Development Bank and the Kenya Government. He as well planted a tree at the Peace Park at the Campus. The Peace Park was established in commemoration of the 147 students who were killed during the Garrissa University terrorist attack in 2015.
On his tour of the projects, the Ambassador was accompanied by the University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi and Prof. Stephen Kiama, the Principal, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences.