Faith Mwende a mountaineer from Makueni County is set to climb Mt. Everest in a bid to create awareness on mental health, and climate change and promote peace.
Makueni Governor Mutula Kilonzo handed Mwende who hails from Kilungu the county flag as she set a summit.
In preparation for the event, she trained hard on the Lewis Glacier on Mount Kenya by carrying 10kg weight.
Speaking during the event Mwende noted that she grew up in the hilly Kilungu area and her passion for climbing mountains began long ago.
The certified investment and financial analyst has climbed several mountains in Africa including Mt.Kilimanjaro, and Mt.Kenya among others.
She urged women to join mountain climbing stating that most of the time she encounters men.
“When I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro for the third time there was a lot of snow and litter. If you are not at peace with the environment then it leads to mental health issues because climate change and mental health are connected,” she said.
Governor Mutula said Makueni had been adversely affected by climate change and urged Mwende to become Makueni climate change champion.