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World Women Bloggers Visiting Kenya

April 29th 2011- Toyin Ajao from Nigeria, Rachel Cernansky from United States and Hannah Ryder from United Kingdom will be in Kenya’s Western Province from May 14 to May 22 to research and write about Carbon for Water project campaign.

The three winning bloggers will accompany community workers as they distribute LifeStraw® Family water filters to almost a million households in Kakamega, Kenya.

Find out more on this remarkable project


World Women Bloggers Visiting Kenya


In April and May of 2011, LifeStraw® Family water filters will be distributed to approximately 90% of all households in the Western Province of Kenya in a groundbreaking program that links access to safe drinking water with low carbon development. The program, called “Carbon for Water,” will provide more than four million residents with quick access to safe drinking water at home. The program is led and solely funded by Vestergaard Frandsen (VF), a global company that specializes in complex emergency response and disease control textiles, including LifeStraw® Family. It is self-funded by VF and will be reimbursed by carbon financing.

For one week in May, from May 14 to May 22, the bloggers will travel through Kenya’s Western Province, all expenses paid, to research and write about the campaign and the women whose lives are being affected. In sub-Saharan Africa, many girls and women spend hours a day collecting water, often walking miles in extreme conditions and on dangerous roads to fetch water and wood for fuel. This is time that could be better spent in school, as one in three girls in sub-Saharan Africa does not attend primary school and misses out on the opportunity to build a better future for herself and her family.

To honor the bloggers’ work and the work of Women Deliver in raising the profile of women from this community, the Emusanda Health Center in Kakamega will receive a long sought-after maternity ward donated by Vestergaard Frandsen with contributions from the blogosphere.

Stay tuned to both the Carbon for Water and the Women Deliver websites to read the bloggers’ posts, videos and updates.

The three winning bloggers are

Toyin Ajao – Lagos, Nigeria. Toyin has been blogging for 3 years from Nigeria, with a focus on gender equality and women’s rights. In 2009, her blog was selected for an International Activist award in Chicago by BlogHer. She is also a co-contributor to a ‘women in politics and leadership blog’ sponsored by UNIFEM called free2run (http://free2runonline.com.ng). Visit her blog.

Rachel Cernansky – Colorado, United States. Rachel is a freelance journalist and blogger focused almost exclusively on environmental and social justice issues. She blogs for the Discovery Channel’s TreeHugger and Planet Green, and has previously blogged for The New York Times, Dowser.org, and other sites. Visit her blog.

Hannah Ryder – Glasgow, United Kingdom. Hannah is a Senior Economist in the UK’s Department for International Development where she focuses on delivering green growth in developing countries. Within the UK Government she has worked as a Climate Change Negotiator and worked on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Visit her blog.



3 Responses

  1. Thanks for posting about an amazing collaboration between different groups focused on one goal – clean and safe water. Safe not only from water born disease, but safe for women as well without having to experience the dangers and hardship of traveling for clean water. The carbon tie in as well is quite important. http://dwbdg.wordpress.com/

  2. Thanks for sharing this. I am committed to do partake in this campaign and tell the world about it. I will also like to share this post on my blog.

  3. Thanks for sharing this. I am committed to do partake in this campaign and tell the world about it. I will also like to share this post on my blog -Toyin

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