Women and Drones Humanitarian Award

Women And Drones continues the work of recognizing outstanding drone organizations, despite the current pandemic which prevents the awards from taking place in person.  Today, the organization announced that the Women and Drones Humanitarian Team Award Honoree for this year is Kenya Flying Labs. “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,” says a press release.

Kenya Flying Labs is an impressive registered non-profit organization making a real impact on the healthcare and 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,” says the press release. “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.”

Kenya Flying Labs also meets one of the goals of Women and Drones – to highlight the achievements of the extraordinary women in the drone industry in order to encourage more young women.  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,” says the press release.

“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,” says Nderitu.



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