Update from Regina September 19, 2015:
Greetings to you all, hope this finds you well.
I am excited to inform you that I arrived in Bradford on 10th September and I already enrolled ready for studies next week so I have settled in well. The weather here is cold for me comparing it with my countries weather but I will manage.
Today we had a luncheon at one of the local Rotarian home and they opened their garage for us the peace fellows to pick items we may use in our apartments (very kind of them). Here is a photo of us together at the luncheon (8 of us and Ken our local Rotary coordinator) Will send a photo of all of us together when we take one.
Thanks very much for your support and for accepting to be my district!
Regina Mutiru
REGINA MUTIRU PETER, 30, of Nairobi, Kenya has become the first District 5970 Rotary Peace Fellow. Regina was awarded a fellowship to the University of Bradford (England where she will study African Peace and Conflict Studies.
This course explores the nature, dynamics and complexity of the links between peace, conflict, security, development, and democratization in Africa, with a focus on cross‐cutting thematic issues including armed conflict, poverty and underdevelopment, HIV/AIDS, resources and terrorism, among others. These issues are all pertinent to her country.
Regina holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication (Development Communication) from St. Paul’s University Limuru (Nairobi, Kenya) and is currently a Senior Clerical officer for the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (Upperhill, Kenya) in the Civic Education and Advocacy Department.
Regina explained her purpose on her application: “I have known in my heart since I was a young girl what I wanted to be when I grew up…My vision was something that has shaped my actions and decisions throughout my life. In the last few years I have realized that my passion for working with women for peace is a natural calling that I am destined to follow. In my village I initiated formation of so many women groups to empower them financially and bring them together in working as team despite their different ethnic groups.”
Regina is married to Peter Muchira Murei and will study at the University of Bradford beginning in the fall of 2015.
If you know of a worthy candidate you would like to nominate for the Rotary Peace Fellow, please contact Lijun Chadima, RPF Chair for further information.