Kereita Forest is a historical landmark for Kenya. People in this area gave their lives in exchange for our independence as a country. The British in March 1953 killed approximately 5000 people at Lari as a retaliation to the Mau Mau attack on about a hundred European collaborators during the Lari massacre. This area is home to the mass grave where the 5000 people killed by the British were buried making it instrumental to our history.
It was thus an honor this weekend when I had the opportunity to join a group of people in planting 2000 trees to help in the continued conservation of the Kereita Forest which forms part of the larger Aberdares forest. It’s a major water catchment area for Kenya which reinforces the importance of us continuously taking care of its well being. Fertile areas such as Kereita are susceptible to deforestation and human encroachment that is why organizations such as Kijabe Environmental Volunteer’s efforts to aid in the conservation of this forest are very much appreciated.
The group is made up of young people who give their time and skills to the maintenance of the forest. This is selfless on their part and it goes to show that there are young people dedicated and ready to work towards the aversion of climate change. The Kijabe Environment Volunteers have also introduced activities such as Zip Lining meant to attract visitors to the forest. Funds collected from the activities are used in conservation of the forest.
The forest also serves as a tourist attraction site as it has an array of wild animals including elephants, monkeys and various bird species. There are also hiking trails for persons who love to explore nature. The biggest attraction site here is the Kereita Waterfall on Gatamaiyu River and an adjacent caves that house a bat colonies, the caves are also said to have acted as hide outs for the Mau Mau .Make a date and visit Kereita Forest it will be worthwhile.
A Quote like “The difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is character” sounds like one of those cliché opening statements that motivational speakers use at the beginning of their talks. Yet it is not. Character and integrity are key for one to excel at anything in life.
A young man in a village in a county in Kenya, has a dream, His dream is to become a member of the county assembly in his locality. What is questionable however is that his ambition to be a leader is not driven by his need to be of service to the public but rather by a need for him to amass some wealth his motivation being the lavish lifestyle that his to be predecessor is currently living.A lifestyle that was only a dream before he was elected to this position as he did not have much to his name. This is the story in many other parts of this country both the young and older generation lack selflessness and in its place there is dishonesty and greed .The lack of integrity in our current leaders is to blame for the corruption in our government .Funds set aside for development are swindled and put in overseas accounts by the persons in charge for their personal use. The consequence is that we experience under development in most sectors of our economy.
For us as a country to experience growth and development we need to replace dishonesty with real integrity, this means that our leaders should be the same in public and in private. A person of integrity is authentic and dependable. If you are honest with people you will tend to have more impact on their lives be it professionally or at an individual level. You will be a tool of change and though you may face resistant at the beginning of projects or tasks people will eventually appreciate your work when they see the results.
Choosing integrity is choosing the higher road.Millennials need to build a culture of straight forwardness the reason people take short cuts while at any job is due to vices such as laziness or greed . What we need to embrace in our lives is acting with integrity because if we act without integrity we lose our chance at influencing people on decisions that matter. It’s thus our duty to tell the truth even when the truth does not favor us.