Christine Amour Levar
Christine Amour-Levar has a coveted possession--a kaleidoscope with images of different landscapes attiring planet Earth. Christine has braved hot deserts, volcanic terrains, forests with teeming wildlife and the howling winds of the Arctic. She has also explored ancient trade routes to Asia and the frightening caves of Vietnam.
This French-Swiss-Filipino woman is an adventurer, author and champion of women empowerment. Though based in Singapore, she is globetrotting with women drawn from different corners of the world. Her mission is to raise awareness and funds for underprivileged women and climate change.
She along with women from 16 different nations met the Samburu tribes in Kenya in 2019. The team had first-hand knowledge on how wild elephants and the tribes are intimately linked. They understood that tribes had a rapport with the elephants. The jumbos helped the women of the tribe in activities like breaking tree branches for firewood.
“The dual threat of land degradation and climate change have made life difficult for the Samburu pastoralists. They were forced to move far and wide for water and pastures. Drought in Samburu County leads to issues like conflicts between humans and livestock, displacement, and food insecurity. To tackle this, we need to reforest large parts of Kenya and help farmers with irrigation. Ultimately, we need to reduce carbon dioxide emission, which is critical in reducing drought,” said Christine during an e-mail conversation with Mathrubhumi.com.
Meanwhile, Christine's accounts of Rwanda in Africa are indeed an eye-opener. People know Rwanda as a small country of political turmoil. The country had witnessed a genocide that took the lives of nearly 8 lakh people in 100 days. The country was torn to pieces by civil war. But, according to Christine, Rwanda rose from the ashes and grew fast, to become an important economic power in the African continent.
The country is so clean that it is called the Singapore of Africa. President of the country Paul Kagame rules with an iron fist and reckons the women force well to rebuild the country.
Many countries around the globe can take Rwanda as a model. Because women in leadership roles are changing the country.
More about Christine
Christine has had varied experiences. She traveled through the largest and hottest desert in Iran. She trekked the knee-deep snows of Mongolia in harsh weather. Christine also explored the Doong cave in Vietnam and had nerve-wracking treks in Siberia and Greenland. All were daring exploits that can inspire people who love adventure. Christine is also the founder of HER Planet Earth and the co-founder of Women On A Mission.
Her inspiration for adventurous trips is Valerie Boffy, a French woman who climbed Everest. Christine is the embodiment of tireless energy. That is the irresistible conclusion one can draw from reading her book 'Wild Wisdom'. It is the kaleidoscope of the planet earth she hands over to the generations to come with her book.