I have been back home in Kenya for close to six weeks now, four of which I have been a patient, in fact, my feet have mastered the directions to all the health facilities I had to seek medical attention from, even blinded I can make it to those places as long as no one … Continue reading Swings of Happiness: The Concept of Urban Public Space planning
“The ‘matatus’ (public transit vehicles) are rowdy, chaotic and disorganized.” These have always been my thoughts about the public transit vehicles in Kenyan cities. I never thought I’d miss the chaos that penetrates deep into the residential areas with the city centre as the focal point. Holding a new transit schedule, confused and overwhelmed, my … Continue reading Organized Inaccessibility: The Challenges of the Urban Carless in Abbotsford
The world's human population has been on the rise despite the finite resources to support the ecosystems. However, the numbers are not evenly distributed, with the urban areas being dense while most rural parts of the world are scarcely populated. The United Nations Department of Social and Economic Affairs shows that currently 55% of the … Continue reading CITIES FOR CHILDREN: THE PLACE OF CHILDREN IN URBAN ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING
the QES internship was an amazing experience, learning new things, immersing myself in a different culture, meeting other QES interns, making new friends and travelling to different parts of Canada was fascinating. Studying, living, sharing experiences and learning with other international students broadened my horizon and enabled me to build networks and friendships with other … Continue reading Looking back……
On the 8th of June 2018, the QES Scholars (Edith, Phanice and I) were privileged to take part in a field trip organized by Prof Garry Feir. Dr. Samuel Owuor, our professor from our home university (University Of Nairobi, Kenya) was also visiting the University of Fraser Valley at the time to enhance academic links … Continue reading A Trip of a Life Time!
The response to many of the questions that have been asked since I came back to Kenya concerning my Queen Elizabeth Scholarship (QES) experience has been “Yes”. Was it a good experience? Yes. Was it helpful to my studies? Yes. Did it have plenty of learning? Yes. Would I recommend this internship to others? Yes. … Continue reading GLAD I SAID YES TO QES!
My time spent in Canada not only enabled me gain knowledge and skills but also share experiences and ideas from Kenya in various aspects. My knowledge on environmental sustainability has improved and I have learnt lessons applicable in my home country Kenya with a view of situations, challenges and opportunities from a different perspective. My … Continue reading VIEWS FROM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE
Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 17 focuses on strengthening the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development. Innovate: “New Approaches to Canadian International Cooperation” symposium and Devlab held in June 2018 at the Simon Fraser University Vancouver, Canada brought together social innovators, researchers, entrepreneurs and technology experts. It focused on how new … Continue reading FOSTERING GLOBAL PARTNERSHIPS THROUGH NEW APPROACHES
I was fortunate to take part in a planning studio class during the 2018 summer semester, applying tactical urbanism to food culture and place making in Downtown Historic Abbotsford. Initially, I was a bit skeptical and kept on pondering over what ‘food culture’ is really about and how food could play a role in place … Continue reading How to pull a Pop-up Market in Six weeks – The Rail District Community Market
During an event hosted by UFV students at the Mt Lehman Community Hall between the Matsqui First Nations and the Mt. Lehman community, the following statement was brought up: “Our suggestion is to indigenize the community.” I must admit that at the time, I did not have the slightest idea what that meant, and it … Continue reading THE INDIGENOUS OF KENYA.