Esther Mureke-Kuria needs no introduction to the young people in the Nyeri High School
community. For more than 11years she has been at the forefront of efforts to support the
community’s youth, through her work with The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – also
known as The President’s Award-Kenya
And as the world marks International Volunteer Day on Sunday 5 December, Esther Mureke-Kuria, aGerman teacher at Nyeri High School is set to receive a special delivery from an unlikely source – a royal Prince.
To mark the centenary of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the Award he founded is celebrating some of its most inspiring volunteers. In recognition of the exceptional work they do in support of young people, they will receive a letter of commendation from HRH Prince Edward –
Prince Philip’s son and Chairman of the International Award Foundation – and a special
commemorative coin marking the life and legacy of the Duke, produced by the Royal Mint in the UK.
Esther has demonstrated self-determination and served her immediate community and
beyond selflessly. A true spirit of the African saying ‘I am because you are’!…Nellie Munala,
CEO, The President’s Award-Kenya
Esther saw an opportunity to mentor and help young men connect with their destiny and
future, and she took up the Award with alot of zeal, crafted a clear flight path that would
see her students transform to be real men and effective citizens who have not only shone in
Kenya but globally.
I remember a good example of the work she has invested in teh boys through David Mokenye who rose to Deputy School captain, and eventually to speak to aninternational gathering in London. To quote excerpts of Marianne Williamson poem-Our
Deepest Fear, ‘’…we are made to shine…’’ and she has shone, and helped her students shine.
….Edwin K.Kimani- Global Operations Director, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award