To mark International Women’s Day in HECA. We are celebrating all things women for the next 10 days. Women who have inspired our work in their own special way…women doing small things for a bigger impact within and for their communities.

As inspired by the late Kenyan environmentalist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai, we are celebrating our own ‘humming birds’. In many occasions, Wangari used the story of the humming bird to inspire people to do the best that they can instead of standing on the sidelines watching while the world needs us all. This reference comes from an African parable that depicts the hummingbird working tirelessly to put out a forest fire while the other animals stood around and watched. It is an inspiring story about being able to overcome enormous challenges with determination and courage. You can hear Prof Maathai recount the story here:

Starting tomorrow the 8th of March, we will be featuring women from our HECA countries on all our social media accounts as a sign of thank you to them for all the work they are doing as individuals or a group in uplifting the lives of those around them – families, colleagues and the community at large.

We will share inspiring stories, quotes and photographs. We hope these stories will inspire and enrich us all as we step out to make a difference in our own little ways.

I will be a humming bird; I will do the best I can” Prof. Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize winner.

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Written by Ngele Ali

Ngele Ali

Ngele is the regional information and comms officer for the Horn, East and Central Africa, based in Nairobi. Follow her on twitter @ngeleali

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