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 CINDY WANJIKU IRAYA, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2020.
University of Nairobi | Nairobi, Kenya | Advancing SDG 8 & UNAI 1
" It is an honour to belong to this fellowship particularly because i am well pleased to work on a personal goal which is addressing poverty among the most vulnerable in the society which happens to be one of the UNAI principles. In my project, I will be engaging the refugees based in my country. I would want them to have a voice, channel it and improve their quality of life, for themselves. I believe they can do it. I also believe the Millennium Fellowship will be the best platform to equip me with all the necessary skills and resources to achieve this goal. The less fortunate need us! "
Millennium Fellowship Project: Refugee Kenya Community Impact
Refugee Kenya Community Impact is a project that addresses the daily problems and struggles refugees in Kenya are faced with, particularly poverty. Lack of employment and sources of income is a key issue among the refugee camps based in the country. They tend to depend majorly on NGOs and individuals who occasionally provide them with basic needs. The project therefore aims to come up with ways through which these people can make a living by providing essential tools, give legal advise and eventually create more awareness in the process. This will primarily enable them to understand their rights, and particularly economic rights as refugees.
We intend to impact more than 250 individuals in the "Kakuma Refugee Camp" found in the North Eastern part of the country. These people will be trained and offered tools to start up small and sustainable businesses that will bring them daily income and thus ultimately improve the quality of their social and economic lives.
About the Millennium Fellow
Cindy Iraya is a 21 year old undergraduate taking a bachelor's degree in Law at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. She is the founder of the Refugee Kenya Community Impact. A project she is currently committed to. She has portrayed her leadership skills as being a very proactive individual and team player. Throughout her youth life, she has engaged in several community events and projects aimed towards uplifting and impacting lives in ways such as health and general well being. Such have driven her to associate with organisations and people working towards aiding the refugees in the country. A young, vibrant and passionate lady who is ready to put in extra work in achieving her goals as well as those of the MCN and UNAI.