Kuki’s Gallmann’s Homecoming to Africa, Four Decades Later
love trees, wild animals and life. When I came to Kenya I knew I was where I was meant to be: we ALL carry this very part of Africa in our DNA: we are early human’s descendants. Early humans come from here! So traveling to Kenya is a home-coming. The first time I came to Kenya, I knew I had arrived where I was meant to be.
Q: As a living memorial to your late husband Paolo and son Emanuele, you established the Gallmann Memorial Foundation (GMF). What does the organisation do?
A: The GMF has transformed Ol ari Nyiro - The Place of Springs - from a cattle ranch into a Nature Sanctuary: it is dedicated to the co-existence of people and nature in Kenya, and concentrates in environmental and biodiversity protection and research, ethnobotany, community service - education, poverty alleviation, health, famine relief - environmental awareness, peace and reconciliation and sports for peace. People are important, and educating the kids to feel responsible is vital.
Q: You founded the Great Rift Valley Trust together with your daughter Sveva and other Kenyan personalities. What does the trust do?
A: The GRVT, in conjunction with the GMF organises events in Ol ari Nyiro to bring attention to major environmental issues, and foster understanding and peace, through the common denominator of the arts and sports.