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Meet a young Kenyan woman who is behind a program to feed 1,200 needy kids

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“I see myself as a young person who has the responsibility and the power to create the world I want to see in ten years. I do not take that responsibility lightly.” 
-Wawira Njiru, founder of Food 4 Education

Wawira’s story began with a single realization, “What did I do to deserve a better life than other kids around me?” While she grew up with comfort and three meals a day, there were those in her community of Ruiru, Kenya who didn’t have access to nutritious food or quality education. This realization sparked a sense of injustice and set Wawira’s feet on a path towards being an advocate for vulnerable children in her community.

After receiving a scholarship from the University of South Australia, Wawira connected with one of World Vision Australia’s advocacy groups while studying nutrition and food science at the university. There, she learned the different ways World Vision works to protect vulnerable children by looking out for their well-being and development, advocating for their rights, and providing for immediate needs, like food assistance. After graduating, she returned home and founded Food 4 Education.

26% of Kenya’s children are stunted and 40% are malnourished. “We want to bridge that gap by providing healthy and nutritious food for children so they can stay in school and learn,” shared Wawira. Hunger doesn’t just affect how we learn or pay attention in school – it also affects how well our brain works or develops. A healthy brain uses 20% of your body’s energy, and energy comes from nutritious food. Food 4 Education provides protein-based meals, which promote healthy development for 1,200 school children a day.

“Food 4 Education levels the playing field between children who have grown up in a privileged home and those who have to decide whether to go to school or beg for food that day.” -Wawira

Food 4 Education helps subsidize the costs of school meals through their local local restaurant and delivery service, Double Portion. “We started this business because we saw a niche,” shared Wawira. Double Portion provides affordable nutritious meals for the community. “People come in and will be eating like a normal restaurant but the profits will be going to subsidized meals for vulnerable children.”

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Kenya has seen very little rain in recent years, and as a result is in severe drought. This drought has made food more expensive and less accessible for everyone, but especially affects children in impoverished and rural communities. In many cases, the meal that Food 4 Education serves is the only meal children will get to eat that whole day. Wawira hopes that within the next ten years, Food 4 Education will be serving 1 million school lunches a day.

Extraordinary movements of change often begin with just a single reflection and a simple step forward. A hungerfree world is made possible through world changers like Wawira, and each individual decision to empathize and respond. 

To learn more about on Food 4 Education and how they are helping to make a HungerFree world, visit their website.

In Kenya and across Africa, 34 million people are experiencing the worst humanitarian crisis in decades due to drought, famine and conflict. That’s nearly the entire population of Canada. 

We need your help to bring some much needed attention to the worst humanitarian crisis in decades. Help us create a #HungerFree world. Take action at worldvision.ca/hungerfree or by sharing on social media.

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Nurse suspended over controversial selfie in labour ward

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A nurse has been suspended after her selfie showing a naked, pregnant woman in the background surfaced online.

The post by Patricia Malichi attracted anger from Malawians on social media who called for her immediate dismissal.

Following the backlash, the health ministry is investigating the incident which happened at Ndirande Health Centre in Blantyre city to determine whether Malichi posted the image or if it was leaked.

Speaking to CNN, Malawi’s Ministry of Health spokesman Joshua Malango said that the midwifery council and the district health authorities were handling the case.

“We don’t want to judge her, and that’s why we’re working with the council for a fair trial and a clear investigation of the matter, and for them to come up with a recommendation.

“We want to find out how that picture ended up in the public domain,” he said.

Recently, medical practitioners have come under fire for sharing patients’ private information.

In 2017, two nurses in Florida, USA were fired for sharing a video of themselves making inappropriate gestures at a new-born baby.

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Blurred cleavage: Row at BBC over female body censorship

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An internal row has reportedly erupted at the BBC over the censoring of female body’s after an interviewee’s body was blurred in an interview shot in Nairobi.

According to The Guardian, top editors at the British broadcaster are engaged in a tussle after a documentary on how people portray themselves on social media was edited and an interviewee’s cleavage blurred out.

This was supposedly to avoid offending viewers from conservative African countries where it was shown.

The BBC Africa documentary featured Glamour Pam – a Kenyan lady who describes herself as an interior designer, makeup artist and Kenyan social media star.

She was featured as an interviewee in BBC’s fake news documentary dubbed Fake Me: Living for Likes.

The Guardian said a staff member at the BBC said the decision to blur Pam’s cleavage was arrived at by senior editors after efforts to zoom in to avoid exposing her cleavage proved futile particularly with the wide shots.

Pam discussed in the interview her attitude towards social media explaining that for best Instagram photos, one must look “elegant and sophisticated”.

Following the said row, The Guardian quoted a BBC spokesperson as having said “#thesheword is broadcast via a number of BBC partner stations in Africa which are subject to watershed rules similar to the UK’s. As the majority of our partner stations show the programme pre-watershed, we ensured the film was suitable for broadcast in those markets.”

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How Nairobi dust and old car tested Michele Obama’s love for her husband

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This year, First lady Michelle Obama was enjoying Beyonce and Jay Z’ performance in France while her husband Barack Obama visited his home and family in Kenya, Bondo.

The former American First lady Michelle Obama has now opened up on a possible reason why she did not accompany her husband Barrack Obama during his two recent visits to Kenya saying that her first visit in the country was just more than frustrating.

In her memoir titled “Becoming”, Michelle shared that on her first trip to Kenya in 1992 was full of misfortunes and even wore the wrong shoes. Obama’s sister, Auma, also had an old car that left her frustrated.

“Auma’s sky-blue VW was so old that it often needed to be pushed in order to get the engine into gear. I’d ill-advisedly bought new white sneakers to wear on the trip, and within a day, after all the pushing we did, they’d turned reddish brown, stained with the cinnamon-hued dust of Nairobi,” she shared. 

The 54-year-old who was born the US in 1964 added that the trip was also tiring and although she witnessed some beautiful scenaries, she was really frustrated.

“For every bit of awe we felt in Kenya, we were also tired, which led to quibbling, which led finally, for whatever reason, to rage. “I’m so angry at Barack,” I wrote in my journal. “I don’t think we have anything in common.” My thoughts trailed off there. As a measure of my frustration, I drew a long emphatic gash across the rest of the page,” the memoir went on.” she said. 

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