Esther Ngumbi

Esther Ngumbi

Name: Esther Ngumbi
Country: Kenya
What she does: Educator
Impact: Has inspired and empowered others
Nominated by: Cailey Bronny

Esther Ngumbi recently graduated with a PhD in Entomology from Auburn University, Alabama. She is a native of the Kwale District in Kenya. Esther is very passionate about issues of hunger, gender, education, youth activism, and sustainability and is a strong advocate for all efforts aimed at ending hunger in our lifetime. Esther educates others about the reality of global hunger, while encouraging young people to step-up and make a difference in their communities as well as our world. Esther is a motivational speaker and has given talks in several places including, University of Idaho, Auburn University, and North Carolina State University. Esther has been involved in several initiatives including Clinton Global University Initiative and Universities Fighting World Hunger. Esther is truly a dedicated servant for the people as seen in the long list of programs she has established in less than 4 years. This include, establishing a War on Hunger Chapter at University of Idaho, the sustainable campus move-out program.

She recently helped co- found WISE Partnerships in Kenya a program that partners Auburn University students with secondary schools in the coastal region of Kenya and students attending Kenyatta University-Pwani Campus, creating a mentoring supporting network.  Esther is a co-founder of “Young Thinkers Kenyacreative and innovative towards sustainable development “ a program that is engaging young Kenyan students attending high schools and University in solving problems affecting their communities. She is also the co-founder of Vision 2015: Bringing Clinton Global University Meeting to Africa.  Most recently, Esther with eleven other students co-founded ReEnvision Your Future blog channel,  that is solely dedicated  to inspire, engage, and empower the future leaders of the 21st century. By empowering ourselves and each other, we stand united to help create a better world for all.   Esther’s life of service and achievements wererecently highlighted by Auburn University and Auburn University College of Agriculture.  Esther is a currently a Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellow, and carries the face of the program which is an embodiment of the fact that she is a Role Model for the Next Generation.

Esther also serves as a Board of Directors for Caribbean Education Initiative. Esther believes that everyone has a right to live a dignified life and believes in education and especially education for women. Education empowers, and therefore, as long as she lives she will continue to use her education as a voice for the voiceless, and use her intellect to serve the needs of the hungry, the poor and the needy! Esther has a huge heart, an unstoppable passion and a deep commitment for developingAfrica.

Esther has already inspired so many at Auburn University and around the globe. She is a gift to all that are in her midst!

20 Responses to “Esther Ngumbi”

  1. Jonathan August 31, 2011 at 3:07 am #

    I agree with this nomination sentiments and truly Esther has touched the heart of many.

    Of great interest to me is the Mentorship program for girls in secondary schools in Kenya into liking science and engineering and the empowering through creating a forum for young students in high school and university.

    I totally see her as an icon to keep watching.

    Go on Esther!

    • Esther August 31, 2011 at 9:03 pm #

      Thank you Jonathan! Very kind words indeed!

  2. Esther August 31, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

    I feel humbled to be in this list!

  3. faith kiema August 31, 2011 at 2:57 pm #

    esther am proud of you and i believe you are moving mountains in your own special way.this is great news and dnt look back,the journey is stil long. your family plus friends are right behind u all the way.

    • Esther August 31, 2011 at 9:04 pm #

      Thank you Faith! You are very right. The Journey has just begun. Thank you and It is always good to know that I have all the support. Many Thanks Indeed!

  4. margrette hanselmann August 31, 2011 at 5:19 pm #

    i also support this nomination n u truly are an inspiration to women around the globe.from humble beginnings to changing the world!!bravo esther!

    • Esther September 5, 2011 at 5:29 pm #

      Thank you Margrette! May God give us more to keep touching lives of the people we serve! Than you from my heart!

  5. Clemence Samba September 6, 2011 at 9:04 am #

    Congratulations Esther! Am very very encouraged and this the way to go! You truly deserve it!

    • Esther September 6, 2011 at 5:14 pm #

      Thanks Clemence! Truly appreciate this honor!

  6. violet Ruria September 6, 2011 at 12:27 pm #

    You deserve this nomination.You have done so much to bring change in our beloved country of Kenya.Keep going and becoming an inspiration to many.
    Violet Ruria

    • Esther September 6, 2011 at 5:13 pm #

      Dear Violet,
      Thank you so much for your kind words! May God give me the resources to keep fulfilling my mission in life. Thank you for your support.
      Esther Ngumbi

  7. Cally Matsuoka September 6, 2011 at 11:49 pm #

    My dear Esther–
    A big congratulations to you! This is such an honor that you so deserve for all the work you have done. I am so proud of you and all you have accomplished. I know you will be successful in your future endeavors and the world is a much better place for your dedication and hard work. I will pray for continued resources for the work you are doing. I love you, Mum

    • Esther September 7, 2011 at 6:02 pm #

      My dearest mum,
      Thank you for your very kind words.. I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart. I love you to! May your prayer come true! More love,
      Your Daughter,
      Esther Ngumbi

  8. James N. Kariuki May 27, 2012 at 5:32 am #

    Your enthusiasm is contagious, Esther

    • James N. Kariuki May 29, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

      Your enthusiasm is contagious!

    • Esther June 12, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

      Thank you James…Appreciate your words!

  9. JAMES SILA NGUMBI August 24, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

    Am absolutely moved by your passion in this course that you hold so dear.I too have a passion for the same,and after completion of my degree in social sciences,i shall direct my effort for a similar course,thank you so much your work is an inspiration to me,and a testimony to more out there who we still doubt if an effort of an individual can bring a change in the course and fate of humanity.

    • Esther September 24, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

      Many many thanks. I am humbled. I will be there to help you follow through your commitment.

  10. Itohan Idumwonyi September 30, 2012 at 4:40 am #

    Not many of your kind are around. Keep the fire burning. Posterity will, certainly, not forget your labor of love.

    • Esther September 24, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

      Thank you, Itohan! I am humbled. AMEN to your prayers.

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