Nam Lolwe Youth Summit

Kisumu, Kenya


Lake Victoria is the 2nd largest freshwater lake in the world. It needs our help.


29 & 30 July

Location: Mama Grace Onyango Social Centre, Kisumu
Times: 9am-4:30pm both days
Format: Hybrid In-Person & Virtual
Cost: FREE

The Nam Lolwe Youth Summit (NALYS) launched in 2021 and held annually at the Mama Grace Onyango Social Centre in Kisumu, Kenya is a hybrid event, created with the goal of reconnecting young people to natural spaces like Lake Victoria and inspiring them to preserve and protect them. It provides young people (ages 11-25) the opportunity to learn about the ecosystems around them and empowers them to start or join projects to restore them.  This summit targets 13 to 25-year-old people, living near Lake Victoria, located in East Africa, as well as virtual participants from around the world. 


Summit Hosts

Michelle & Jeremy, Founders of Osiepe Sango


Diego, Founder of Green Speaking

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FRIDAY JULY 29th 2022 

(Be ready at 8:00 AM) 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM EAT – Arrival and registration 

9:30 AM – 9:45 AM EAT: Prayers, National Anthem and EAC anthem

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM EAT: COVID 19 Safety Protocol (Kenya Red Cross) 

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM EAT Welcome and Kick Off! 

  • Words from Michelle and Jeremy Muchilwa
  • Video from Planeteer Alliance
  • NALYS 2022 Welcome Video 

10:30 – 10:50 AM EAT TEA BREAK 

Session Lead: Mr Horace Owiti 

10:50 – 11:00 AM EAT Remarks from Director White Oaks School and Asst Director KMFRI Kisumu

11:00 – 11:50 AM EAT Part I – Celebration of Place: Tom Mboya, Jeremy Muchilwa and Michelle Muchilwa will lead a discussion on stories about the Lake. 

11:50 – 12:10 PM EAT Lecture – Blue Climate: the relationship between healthy marine & freshwater systems, the carbon cycle, and climate action (Dr Chris Nyamweya) 

12:10 – 12:20 PM EAT – Threats to ecosystems: Lessons learnt from the Indian Ocean Dr. Eric Okuku

12:20 – 12:30 PM EAT Poetry from Maseno University Students 

12:30 – 1:00 PM EAT Activity – Identifying the Root Cause(s) of a Problem, led by Jeremy and Michelle Muchilwa: Thinking about root causes of the problems we see, and driving systems-level change to address them. 

1:00 – 2:00 PM EAT: LUNCH BREAK 

2:00 – 2:10 PM EAT: Electric Mobility (David Kariuki) 

2:10 – 2:20 PM EAT: Financing for Environmental Projects (Clarence Muhoro) 

2:20 – 2:25 PM EAT Queen Rose Performance 

2:25 – 2:30 PM EAT Ziwani School performance 

2:30 – 3:00 PM EAT Part II – Threats and Challenges to a Healthy Ecosystem: main session where each person identifies challenges facing Lake Victoria and writes down which ones they think we should focus on. 

3:00 – 3:30 PM EAT Global SharePoint #2: Present on 1-2 problems or challenges facing your body of water that your Summit community thinks is important to address to focus on in the next year. Address the root causes of those problems

Global Conversation: Are there common challenges across places? What makes these issues we are choosing to focus on? How or will these issues help resolve the negative climate effects?

3:30 – 4:00 PM EAT Green Speaking Empowerment Lecture 

4:00 – 4:20 PM EAT: Closing remarks (John Kabui) 


(Be ready at 8:00 AM) 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM EAT – Arrival 

9:30 AM – 9:45 AM EAT: Prayers, EAC anthem and National Anthem. 

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM EAT: COVID 19 Safety Protocol (Ask Kenya Red Cross) 


  • Strategies for Systems-Level Change
    • Awareness/ Behavior Change (Michelle and Jeremy Muchilwa)
    • Youth to Power (Anga Mbeyiya)

10:30 – 10:50 AM EAT TEA BREAK 


  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Dennis Otieno)
  • Accessibility and Inclusion (Johnkeen Ochieng) 
  • Green Speaking 

11:20 AM – 11:50 AM EAT Part III – Strategies & Skills to Create Change: led by Millicent Olal-Muchilwa, Michelle and Jeremy Muchilwa

What are strategies and opportunities to address this issue in our community? Who are the stakeholders? Who can help us? What skills do we need to be successful? 

11:50 AM – 12:30 PM EAT: (Artivism) Entertainment by Misango Arts Ensemble 

12:30 PM EAT – 1:00 PM EAT (Technology and data collection) Ziwa Safi App demonstration (Professor James Njiru, Michelle Muchilwa, Jeremy Muchilwa) 

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EAT: LUNCH BREAK 

2:00 – 2:15 PM EAT Green Speaking explains how to present action plans 

2:15 PM EAT – 3:10 PM EAT: SKILLS WORKSHOPS (Participants choose between) (Participants should make use of action plans during workshops) 

  1. Green Speaking: Public Speaking 
  2. Conducting a baseline study with KMFRI 
  3. Innovation with Dennis Otieno 
  4. Understanding Environmental Policy with Mr Hunter 

3:10 PM – 3:50 PM EAT Global Share Point #3: Climate Action Plan Share – 

Present your action plan(s) for your Summit community. 

  • Global Conversation: What opportunities exist for partnership and collaboration across the global community? Is there a goal we can set as a global community? 
  • Global Share Point #3: what is the plan 

3:50 PM EAT – 4:00 PM EAT: Closing remarks: vote of thanks and next steps (Professor James Njiru) 

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM EAT – Networking 

About Nam Lolwe

Lake Victoria spatial image

Nam Lolwe (or Lake Victoria in English) is the 2nd largest freshwater lake in the world, supporting over 14 million livelihoods in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. It has been facing major challenges over the years including direct discharge of sewage and industrial waste, destruction of wetlands (increasing incidence of human-wildlife conflict), and more recently, plastic pollution. Plastic pollution is choking the lake, hurting life… polluting it with microplastics and threatening the livelihoods of those who depend on the Lake.

Osiepe Sango Rescue Team is committed to bringing back Nam Lolwe by empowering young people to address these problems together.

Summit Organizers & Supporters

Green Speaking
Osiepe Sango
Kisumu County Government
White Oak School

About Planeteer Alliance Blue Climate Action Summit Series

Oceans and freshwater lakes play a crucial role in slowing and reversing the effects of climate change. As part of our work in accelerating known climate solutions, the Planeteer Alliance is excited to be supporting the Blue Climate Action Summit Series to support Planeteers around the world in taking Blue Climate Action — work to protect and restore our oceans and lakes to help their communities and our planet. The Blue Climate Action Summit Series is being built in collaboration with the NALYS organizers based on the principles they have identified for engaging young people:

  • Uplifting young people’s voices and ideas
  • Empowering young people to connect with, protect, preserve and restore their water systems. 
  • The importance of story and culture in creating connections
  • The importance of indigenous wisdom in restoring our waterways
  • The interconnectedness of problems facing our planet and the intersectional approach needed to solve them. 

Planeteer Alliance is a program of the Captain Planet Foundation, a US-based NGO with the mission of engaging and empowering young people to be problem solvers for the planet.