Giraffe Heroes Kenya
Giraffe Heroes Kenya (GHK) was launched on 17 October, 2014, two days before the official Kenya ‘Mashujaa Day’ (Heroes Day.) The gala celebration, which took place at the Waterbuck Hotel in Nakuru, honored and appreciated 23 ordinary Kenyans and one non-Kenyan, from diverse backgrounds, who are ‘sticking their necks out’ for the common good and serving their communities in selfless ways. Present at the event was John Graham, a former USA diplomat and the Director for Giraffe Heroes International as well as representatives from the County Government of Nakuru. Dignitaries from corporate, academic and religious institutions also attended.
You can find stories and pictures of the 23 Kenya Giraffe Heroes for 2014 here.
Giraffe Heroes Kenya has begun telling the stories of these Giraffes Heroes through both traditional and social media. Their stories will inspire others to become active citizens themselves in responding to challenges facing Kenyan communities and the nation. Telling the stories of heroes may be an old, old strategy, but, as the Giraffe Heroes Project USA has proven over more than 30 years, it is a powerful way to motivate positive, effective citizen action. Giraffe Heroes Kenya intends to find, honor and celebrate at least 24 Giraffe Heroes every year.
Giraffe Heroes Kenya is a wholly Kenyan-run affiliate of the Giraffe Heroes Project, USA and joins global affiliates in India, Nepal, Sierra Leone, Egypt and Zimbabwe. Kenya is the first country in East Africa and the third in Africa to undertake this initiative.