Domtila Chesang, 28, Chebet Lesan, 27, and Towett Ngetich,21 have been presented with the Queen’s Young Leaders Award by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London on Thursday, 29 June.
The three were among 60 other young people from across the globe who were lauded for their life-changing ideas, which have helped transform their communities.
Chebet Lesan is the brainchild behind Bright Green Renewable energy, an enterprise that uses paper and agricultural waste to make charcoal while Ms Chesang was recognised for her fight against Female Genital Mutilation and early marriages. Her work in West Pokot has saved many young girls from FGM and ensured they go to school.
Mr Ngetich, 21, is the founder of uthabiti.org, a healthcare mobile application that links patients to certified medical consultants. Uthabiti creates a one-stop shop where patients can log into a mobile app and consult a registered and certified medical doctor.
The Queen’s Young Leaders Award was launched at the time of her Diamond Jubilee and aims to discover celebrate and support inspiring young people from all over the Commonwealth who are dedicated to driving change in their communities and beyond.
Winners are elected from a competitive process where thousands of young people from all over the Commonwealth apply to become ‘Queen’s Young Leaders’.