Chicago, IL – September 29, 2020 – Women And Drones congratulates Kenya Flying Labs as Humanitarian Award Honoree for this year’s Women And Drones Global Awards. The Humanitarian Award recognizes co-ed teams, organizations or companies with a primary focus of using drones for good. Kenya Flying Labs was chosen by a panel of distinguished industry judges.
Kenya Flying Labs is a registered non-profit organization that uses drone technology to improve the healthcare and overall livelihood of communities in Africa. Since it was founded two years ago, the organization has undertaken multiple projects including working with Kenya Red Cross in partnership with NESTA to develop a cholera surveillance system that combines aerial imagery and predictive analysis to predict outbreaks. Kenya Flying Labs also has a project underway to enhance cellular connectivity in one of the largest refugee camps in Africa using tethered drones. In addition, Kenya Flying Labs is vested in the agricultural sector of the economy, offering precision agriculture services to small scale pineapple and sugarcane farmers, helping them better manage their farms and increase their crop yield.
The Kenya Flying Labs Executive team includes Aeronautical Engineer and Chief Operating Officer Anne Nderitu. Among other notable achievements, Nderitu is the first female fixed-wing drone pilot in Kenya and in her spare time encourages leadership and STEM education opportunities as a mentor to young women. In regard to the Humanitarian Award Nderitu says “Africa has been core to an exciting and rapidly expanding drone industry and every day I’m reminded how honoured I am that I’m utilizing my skills as a young African woman to positively impact my community across various sectors. This award sheds more light to my deepest beliefs that women will be key in unlocking all drone potentials across my mother continent.”