ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2020
United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In the three months the application was open in 2020, 15,159 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2020 on 1,458 campuses across 135 nations. 80 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 1,000+ Millennium Fellows. The Class of 2020 is bold, innovative, and inclusive.
UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT FIONA WAMBUI KANYI, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2020.
Strathmore University | Nairobi, Kenya | Advancing SDG 14 & UNAI 9
" I'm really humbled to join the Millennium Fellowship cohort class of 2020. For me it is a great opportunity to work with people from all walks of lives, mainly through exchanging of ideas. This will be possible since we, the cohort, are like minded people. I will be able to impact lives around my community, which will later on have a ripple effect to neighboring communities. Charity begins at home. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: Plastic Tide Turners
My project deals with the reduction and recycling of plastic waste. Plastic waste is hurting our society in a tremendous way. This is something we use once and throw away. 9% of plastic waste is what is recycled around the globe. Our waste management systems have not been designed to cope with the rapid growth of plastic pollution. The onslaught is too huge to contain. This in turn means that all the plastic waste we dispose ends up in our oceans, rivers, streets, animals (eg, fish). It becomes more dangerous when the plastic decomposes. An example, the micro-plastics in the oceans end up in the fish. Which in turn becomes our dinner. It all starts by us disposing the plastics away instead of building systems to recycle them or finding ways to mitigate this menace and it ends up in our bodies without our knowledge. This is very harmful since the chemical effects are dire on us. It's a boomerang. Therefore my project focuses on dealing with this. Creating awareness in the community about the harmful effects of plastic waste. Find ways through which we would work to curb it, an example being, embracing the use of steel straws.
Charity begins at home. I want to start by cleaning up estates around my home area. Teach them on the importance of good disposable habits of plastics and find ways of recycling the same. I hope to impact more than 400 lives by the end of my project
About the Millennium Fellow
Fiona Wambui Kanyi, is a 21-year-old girl who simply enjoys the simple pleasures of life. She's grown up realizing that youth is an illusion and that every positive risk is worth a shot. Therefore, at every chance, she gives the chance a go. What is vital to her is to change lives, whether one or two, every life touched is a plus for her. One of her biggest mantra in life is, Make a heart smile.