Ellie Matthew – December 2023
We thought we’d end the year with a celebration. In September this year, Steve Misati, founder and director of the Youth Pawa Organisation in Kenya, and SFACT grantee, won the WeNaturalists’ People of Nature Award for Conservation of the Year – Fauna.
The WeNaturalists’ People of Nature Awards are of great significance. They are a testament to the hard work of individuals in their efforts to conserve and protect nature. Change begins with people and these inspiring individuals create a ripple effect throughout communities, nations and beyond. These awards celebrate them, and Steve is greatly deserving.
Upon reflection, after receiving his award, Steve says “I think in order to accomplish anything in life, you have to visualise yourself there – accepting this award and getting recognised has given me more encouragement, hope, willpower, and the drive to continue working and championing for a better and healthy environment. I am really grateful.”
Steve founded the Youth Pawa Organisation in 2021, with its three overarching themes – Mangrove Restoration, Environment and Climate Education, and Community Empowerment. The focus is on the youth; helping them to succeed and empowering them to continue to act as catalysts for change. SFACT is proud to contribute funding to the project’s essential work for the coastal communities in Kenya and a big congratulations again to Steve on his award.