Sam Dindi is a firstborn son in a family of four, studied Tourism and wildlife management a the University of Eldoret previously known as Chepkoilel. While in campus Sam started a blog site www.mazingarayetu.blogspot.com where he would share with his audience what he had learned or contemporary issues in conservation.
After completing his studies, Sam started visiting primary schools to promote environmental education among students and equally create a source of livelihood for himself, this lead to the formation of Mazingira Yetu a community training and mobilization organization currently he is the director and has been running it for the past 11 years.
Mazingira Yetu Organisation runs the following programs:
a) Environment Education and Communication Program
b) Ecosystem Restoration Program
c) Taka ni Pato Program
d) Community Mobilisation and Training Program
The environment education and communication program runs the following projects:
a) Mazingira Yetu Magazine
b) Music in conservation
c) Environment education in schools
Ecosystem Restoration Program runs:
a) Ondiri wetland restoration (Kikuyu)
b) Ngong River Restoration (Kibera) Taka ni Pato Program
a) Solid waste collection from households b) Up-cyling of plastic waste
c) Making of briquettes
While the Community Mobilisation and Training Program entails; Tailor making trainings like on Water and Sanitation, Financial Management, Sacco and Table Banking, Urban River Restoration, upcycling of organic and plastic waste, tree seed collection and preservation.
Sam is motivated by a quote by OG Mandino “I will persist until I succeed. Always will I take another step. If that is of no avail I will take another, and yet another. In truth, one step at a time is no too difficult, I know that small attempts, repeated, will complete any undertaking.”
Below are some of the awards mazingira yetu has been awarded
a) IUCN CEC EXCELLENCY AWARD 2019 (EASTERN AND SOUTHERN AFRICA)
b) HEAD OF STATES COMMENDATION (HSC) 2019
c) INFORMAL TOILET OF THE YEAR AWARD 2022 (WOMEN IN WATER AND SANITATION
d) EUROFISHION SONG OF THE YEAR 2021 (WORLD FISH MIGRATION)
e) RHINO CONSERVATION AWARD 2012 (GAME RANGERS ASSOCIATION IN AFRICA)
Sam envisions Mazingira Yetu Organisation becoming self-sustaining, expanding operations, become a fully-fledged Non-Govermental Organization, and starting a Mazingira Yetu Fellowship program. Mazingira Yetu Organisation looks forward to partnering with like-minded organizations and well-wishers in the various programs that we are running.
Sam loves mentoring youth youths to pursue what they are good at, endeavor to learn new skills, to be careful not to be exploited.
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