Last week, one of our own, Purity Kagwiria participated in the Segal Family Foundation Annual Meeting in New York, which brought together over 200 grantee partners from Sub-Saharan and West Africa.  The tone for the event was set by key note speaker, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, as he emphasized collaboration, stating, “ We cannot reduce inequality, instability and reverse climate change until we see ourselves as a part of a larger community...The world belongs to the creative cooperators.”

Purity was a panelist during “The Power of Youth for Change” session, and was accompanied by Eddy Gicheru Oketch of Peace for Africa and Development, Dedo Ndayishimiye of Segal Family Foundation Burundi, and Solomon Kayiwa of Educate! The panel explored  new ways youth and youth organisations are creating change in Africa and the future of Africa through the lens of our youth.

In addition to being a panelist, Purity also gave a presentation on a proposed youth network she designed with Solomon Kayiwa of Educate! The network will bring together youth organisations funded by SFF to network, create powerful strategic partnerships and share lessons learned with the aim of improving youth development work in Africa.

“It was refreshing to see youth and youth organizations not only recognized but also given the space to be heard at an international space.”  - Purity Kagwiria

Zainab Salbi, founder of Women to Women International challenged the crowd to approach giving differently by saying that, “If we give without thinking, that doesn’t solve the problem at hand.” Zainab pointed that one doesn’t need to be rich to give or to change another person’s life.  She shared that if we all take a look within ourselves, we will realize ways we can change someone else’s life.



Photo Credit: Segal Family Foundation

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