1. Why do you work with Umuntu and what is your personal motivation?
I work with Umuntu because it is a company that works to find solutions and combat various problems of environmental degradation. Based on our work and the work of Umuntu, it is important to work together to find sustainable solutions for a better world. Umuntu is an international organization that brings together many different people. These people have personal strengths and abilities, so all these people who are brought together are a way to achieve a common goal and make the world a better place. Participation allows me to be part of the team to work towards this common goal. Working together allows me to continue to focus on the goal and complete projects more efficiently as teams are better able to develop more creative, innovative and practical solutions than I can do alone. Not only that, but it will also help me build my professional network of alliances to achieve greater and better success for my country.
2. What are the goals you want to achieve with Umuntu?
By working with Umuntu, I want to be able to provide better services to my community through various projects that work against environmental degradation and focus on making the world a better place. Countries like Malawi are not technologically advanced and usually face many devastating problems. We want to learn and contribute to the acquisition of knowledge and skills that help us carry out our work. We want to anchor a culture of environmental protection among the citizens and bring Malawi into a state in which the population has sufficient knowledge to protect and preserve the environment from environmental damage. We also want to ensure that everyone has the basic need for clean water.
3. In which country and which region do we help you?
I come from Malawi, in the southern part of Africa. Our project involves working with communities and youth on waste management, climate change, plastic pollution, organic farming and briquette production. Our projects aim to promote community development and environmental education. We want to create awareness and discourse to ensure that the environment is protected and livelihoods improved.
4. Who are you and what is your background?
I am Steven Makumba, founder of NatureKit.org, a youth movement on environmental protection. We want to address young people in environmental programs, because the future belongs to them and therefore I also created the Eco-Army, a school club for environment. I worked as an environmental education manager for the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust. I have also worked as a forestry officer in the Blantyre County Forestry Department. Before that, I completed my Bachelor of Science in Forestry at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources. I have a certificate in permaculture, a certificate in climate change, a certificate in monitoring and evaluation.