Insights from a Young, Muslim Faith Leader: My Experience at the CYNESA Multi-Faith Women Leaders’ Advocacy Training on Proper Waste Management in Mombasa, Kenya.

Doll Osman Abdi - CYNESA MultiFaith Women Leaders Workshop Mombasa

“Living in a county where the girl child is marginalized, it’s the little things that we can do to create a huge impact in their lives.”

My name is Doll Osman Abdi and I am a young Muslim girl from Mombasa County’s Changamwe Sub-County. I participated at the Multi-Faith Women Leaders’ Advocacy Training on Proper Waste Management in Mombasa County organized by the Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa (CYNESA) and supported by the Global Greengrants Fund from 1st-2nd July, 2017, at The Reef Hotel in Mombasa.

I learnt about CYNESA and the Multi-Faith Women Leaders’ Advocacy Training on Proper Waste Management through a Whatsapp link that was sent by my friend. Being very passionate about environmental conservation, I  took an initiative of applying and was selected for the training. I was looking forward to learning what CYNESA is all about, their mission and vision, and  also to question the county officials who were brought on board courtesy of CYNESA about the plans they have in place for the beautiful county with regards to the menace of poor waste management and

During the training, I learnt about the CYNESA’s vision, mission and objective, 7Rs, advocacy skills, and the measures the county officials and the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) have put in place for proper waste management.

Doll Osman Abdi Addressing Community - CYNESA MultiFaith Women Leaders Workshop Mombasa

Doll addressing a community gathering in Mombasa.

I can now proudly share with my community the skills I have learnt and I can come up with a viable advocacy campaign that will educate and enlighten on individual and collective social action on proper waste management with a long term, sustainable objective. I am a staunch believer of the adage, “Education Has No Curfew.” Since it is a learning world, we should all try to learn a thing or two each passing day.

I would like to thank the CYNESA fraternity endlessly for giving the opportunity to attend the most informative training ever. I am very grateful that my social network has expanded, having met amazing people and made new friends through the training process. Again, I am really humbled and cannot thank CYNESA enough. I look forward to more training opportunities and hope to continue working with the God-sent CYNESA. GOD BLESS YOU.


Doll Osman Abdi

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Doll Osman Abdi

Doll is a student at the University of Nairobi, a member of YALI Network, Kenya Youth Business Trust, and a founder of We Are  More – a Community Based Organization that is upfront in promoting peace campaigns online, in schools and at the community level. When she is not in class, Doll is in different schools mentoring students on different fields like peer education, peace campaigns, career advisory, employability skills and business skills training at the grassroots level. She is also passionate about empowering the girl child.

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