In July 2016 my husband Jeremy passed away. Jeremy was a lovely, kind man and part of his legacy was a sum of money with which I have set up the Jeremy Lucas Education Fund for children in Kenya.
Jeremy loved Kenya – we were going to move there in the near future. He especially loved Samburu – the land and the people – and was embraced by all the people he met there. Just as he had taken Samburu to his heart – the Samburu people had taken him to his hearts.
With the money I am particularly keen to give young people – mainly girls a chance to higher education. I believe that if you educate a girl, you educate future generations.
Jeremy was always surrounded by strong women. His mother was a resilient, determined woman, and his three children – all girls - have grown up to be strong women too. And then there is me and my sister Shivani. Both of us are independent, determined in our respective fields – and know our own minds. Jeremy liked that and celebrated strength in all the women he met.
The fund has been set up with the help of my sister and through her conservation organisation based in Samburu – Ewaso Lions. ewasolions.org/
I think Jeremy would approve of a fund set up in his name – predominantly to give girls a chance to grow, learn, achieve, succeed and be independent. It is a legacy that he would be proud of.