Dr. Josephine Kulea, is a Samburu lady born and brought up in this Nomadic pastoral set up. She has long been working among her people in projects to improve their health and living conditions. Josephine understands the plight of the girl child among the pastoralist people having experienced the retrogressive practices first hand growing up. Long before the birth of Samburu Girls Foundation, Josephine had been instrumental in a personal crusade to rescue girls from FGM, Child Marriage and beading.
Her efforts with SGF have been recognized by different agencies such as:-
- 2011 unsung hero by former US ambassador to Kenya Michael Ranneberger during the international women’s day,
- 2012 Head of State Commendation (HSC) for community service.
- 2013 Covaw Champion.
- 2013 UN in Kenya Person of the Year.
- Inspiring Woman 2014.
- 2013 East Africa Acumen Fellow.
- YALI Fellow 2014 by the Mandela Fellowship.
- 2015 Spark Change Maker
- 2015 she was recognized by African Union as a Youth Hero
- 2015 Honorary degree from De Paul University,
- Most notably, 2015 US President Barrack Obama acknowledged Josephine’s efforts in fighting for the Samburu girl child
- 2016 Gender Award University of New York
- 2016 Top 40 women under 40
- Humanitarian Award 2017