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 LEANNE ADHIAMBO AGUTU, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2020.
University of Nairobi | Nairobi, Kenya | Advancing SDG 1 & UNAI 1
" I am extremely excited to be a Millennium fellow because it is an opportunity to interact with like minded people; to listen to their ideas, their experiences and work towards the common goal of bettering the world in which we live. I believe that hunger is not an issue that should exist in the twenty first century and it is therefore important that we ensure that our communities are fed. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: Pidho Mier (Feeding the Family)
The project is aimed at ensuring that the people in Nyangajo Village, which is a small village in Homa Bay County, Kenya, with a majority of its population living below the poverty line, have food security. My team and I hope to achieve this by training the women in the area on how to plant and tend to kitchen gardens. The responsibility to ensure that the family is fed in most instances falls on the women most of whom do odd jobs in a bid to ensure the sustenance of their families. The kitchen gardens are not meant to replace these jobs but to supplement them. This project handles the issue of hunger by providing a sustainable solution to the problem of hunger in Nyangajo Village in line with the Sustainable Development Goal, of "Zero Hunger." The women that have been trained as a result of the project are a representation of families, and this results in several people benefiting from the training of just a few, and the beauty of knowledge is, that it can be shared.
The work ethic among the people is also very important, that they, learn to be self reliant and self sufficient. This also ensures that the villagers not only have food, but that they have proper balanced diets to ensure that the Sustainable Development Goal of, "Good Health and Well-being"is achieved through proper nutrition. Inasmuch as this will not eradicate poverty (that is a major problem in the area) it is undoubtedly a step in the right direction. Between now and December, the plan is to gather a few women who will champion the project in the community in line with the COVID-19 regulations and have them train the women around them.
About the Millennium Fellow
Leanne Agutu is a 22 year old female and is the second born in a family of three. She is passionate about life and the improvement in the quality of life of the members of her community. Leanne is an empath, she is triggered by human suffering and dreams to live in a world where all people are treated equal and presented with equal opportunity to thrive.