Kuki’s Gall­mann’s Home­com­ing to Africa, Four Decades Later

Diplomat East Africa - - Green Agenda -

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.

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