Violet Matiru and Anthony Mwangi, Community Ecotourism at Thogoto Forest

A group of adults sit in plastic chairs talking with a green forest serving as the backdrop.

In 1938, the diverse Thogoto Forest in Kenya was notarized as being protected due to its proximity to the Kikuyu Railway Station and the community using its natural resources to supply wood for the steam engines. Based outside the country’s capital in Kikuyu, Violet Matiru and Anthony Mwangi have received a seed grant for their project, Community Ecotourism at Thogoto Forest. They will work towards bringing sustainable activities that will enhance conservation efforts, train youth as guardians of the forest, reintroduce indigenous vegetation and construct water storage and structural frames for an outdoor market.