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Hadija Ernst

Added on: Jun 10, 2016

Last Updated: Dec 19, 2016

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Save Lamu, a coalition of community based organizations in Lamu County, is an advocacy group that focuses on human and natural resource rights. Save Lamu’s mission is to engage communities and stakeholders to ensure participatory decision-making, achieve sustainable and responsible development, and preserve the environmental, social and cultural integrity of the Lamu community.


Hadija Ernst

My name is Hadija and I am on the executive committee of Save Lamu. Save Lamu is a coalition comprised of over 30 local grass root groups in Lamu County, Kenya. Our organization is involved with advocacy work to uphold human and natural resource rights for indigenous communities in Lamu. Currently, we are working on halting the construction of a coal power plant and ensuring legal and treaty compliance of a mega port, part of what is known as LAPSSET project (Lamu Port, South Sudan, Ethiopia Transport corridor) which is placing tremendous stress on traditional livelihoods and natural resources in the county. Many of you may have heard of Lamu. It is an archipelago off the north coast of Kenya and Lamu Town is the oldest living Swahili settlement and a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its cultural contributions. Recently I heard Kanchi's talk on Ground Truthing and I was really inspired. That's why I am here. Thanks.


Khadija Famau

I am Khadija Shekuwe, currently working with a community based organization called Save Lamu. we do advocacy work focusing on issues pertaining to large scale development. We focus on the two large infrastructure projects in Lamu County: The Lamu Port South Sudan Ethiopia Transport corridor, known as LAPSSET and the proposed coal powered electrical plant. The LAPSSET project entails a transport corridor of road, rail and oil pipeline linking three countries in East Africa; Kenya, Sudan and Ethiopia. It also includes international airports, resort cities and oil refinery. LAPSSET is considered a flagship for the country’s Vision 2030, a strategy of growth and development for Kenya. I am also a master student in environmental science.


Khadija Juma

My names are Khadija Juma, a Kenyan citizen residing and working in Lamu, Kenya. I am journalist by profession, i work for Save Lamu as the Communication and Media office. Save Lamu is a community based organization which mainly focuses on environment and Natural resources, Lamu is a world heritage site, it gained the status since 2001, and one of the things we fight for is to maintain the status through engaging the community in decision making. By joining this network i look forward for greater opportunities and to be able to learn more about what other regions are doing.


raya ahmed

my names are raya famau ahmed a lady from faza ward in lamu county in kenya ,i came from most marginalized areas / tribes in kenya, am a mother o ftwo but have fought the odds by getting a degree in development studies,i have a passion for the community whereby i educate people on their rights,am a member of save lamu organisation which is a consortium of 32 grassroots organisation advocating for environmental rights for indigenous people.lamu is world heritage site and our government has embarked on implementing major infrastructure project which will affect the environment heavily,our organisation took the government to court and for 6 years we won the case .


Sasha K

I support grassroots communities in various ways.


Swaleh Elbusaidy

I am an activist by blood. The injustices that happen to my community because of ignorance and/or intimidation have been a great concern and I have always made it a personal mission to always educate the community whenever I can on their constitutionally given Human Rights and responsibilities and how they can fully enjoy these rights and be cautious and aware of any infringements of the same. I am currently the environmental community legal officer of Save Lamu. It is my hope that I learn more about legal empowerment and the fight for human rights from the network so that I can adequately and effectively serve my community. It is also my hope that I network and form alliances/partnerships with different organisations and stakeholders for future collaborations of/on activities