Kisii County Executive Committee Member in charge of Administration, Corporate Services, and Stakeholder Ms. Edinah Kangwana has bagged a Global award.
On Saturday February 26th, Kangwana was awarded the prestigious ICN distinguished leadership award by I change Nations, a Global Community that operates in over 155 countries in the world.
The global award comes shortly after Ms. Kangwana was honored by the president of the Republic of Kenya HE. Uhuru Kenyatta during the 58th Jamhuri day celebrations with the Moran of the Burning Spear Award (MBS) for her outstanding leadership exhibited not only in her diligent execution of core mandate in public service but also going out of her way to serve and address community emerging issues.
Ms. Kangwana has remained steadfast in her duties as a public servant whose spotlight came up during the 2020 Mashujaa celebrations in Kisii. She was the Chair of the Kisii planning committee. She diligently coordinated the two levels of Government and its stakeholders to excellently deliver the first-ever national celebrations held in Kisii county.
She has been credited for her delegated center role in the Kisii county covid- 19 pandemic emergency response and management. She spearheaded the creation of a robust coordination and management structure to respond to the pandemic that brought together aspects of communication, resource mobilization, stakeholder engagement, and financial management within the two levels of Government and its people.
In her tenure as the head of Trade, Tourism, and Industry, she made possible trade development linkages nationally and internationally. Kangwana opened up the thriving micro and SME sector that saw Kisii County control 61% of money circulation in Nyanza according to the CBK statistics. This laid fertile ground for the opening of the CBK cash collection center in Kisii.
Giving her an edge in leadership is her passion and zeal to serve the community and address community emerging issues.
Off her official duties, Ms. Kangwana goes to the grassroots, attending community meetings(barazas), visiting learning institutions, visiting traders, joins civil society and other stakeholders planned programs.
She visits learning institutions to motivate students on the need to work hard and believe in their dreams. In the sessions, she shares her humble story of growing up to encourage the young ones.
She donates sanitary care packages in a bid to address menstrual poverty. She uses the platform to engage teenagers on menstrual hygiene and reproductive issues.
In the same platform, she addresses teenage pregnancies, school dropouts, youth radicalization, and drug use.
She has over 50 teenage mothers that she mentors. She has talked to thousands of students and visited over 100 schools within Kisii.
Ms. Kangwana has strongly come up to advocate for mental health issues. She addresses arising concerns on depression-related suicide cases and other mental disorders.
She holds grassroots engagements to address Health issues, especially on reproductive and mental health, poverty, education, climate, civic rights, gender and youth mirroring on Empowerment and GBV.
She has spearheaded several tree planning programs in a way of contributing to Kenya’s agenda of increasing the forest cover. She has managed to plant over 100,000 trees in Kisii.
Recently she rallied and brought together different stakeholders to a blood donation drive to mark 2022 valentines day at the Kisii Blood Transfusion center .
Ms. Edinah is the founder of the role modeling initiative by Edinah Kangwana, a mentorship program meant to call back alumni to their alma mater to tell the story of triumph to the young ones purposely to motivate them to keep alive their dreams.
She is the founder of KIINIA KE a community-based organization to address community development issues.
She is a founding member of the Round Table Wellness club in Kisii, a platform that addresses mental health issues.
Ms. Kangwana has been a mentor to many, she is a sought-after public speaker, she leverages on this to voice up on community issues of concern that need action.
She has been a keynote speaker in several platforms tackling topical issues, among the many include the 2021 KIM 9th annual women in leadership forum in pride in Mombasa, KIM 2021 managing in heels at Nairobi, and the first ever Kisii National Polytechnic(KNC) 2021 international conference.
Ms. Kangwana believes that in service we find ourselves and In service we not only glorify God but we also receive.
She says that, If all of humanity embraced the art of service the world will be a better place for all of us to live in. That in service we will create an equal, fair, equitable, and sustainable future that we all envision.