Connect with us

Africa

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

Published

on

“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.”

READ ALSO:   Man deported back to Kenya moments after landing at his destination

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.

-world vision

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Africa

Ethiopia plane crash victims to be buried Thursday

Published

on

Families who lost loved ones in the ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines plane crash on March 10, 2019 will begin receiving their remains on Monday for burial, the Nation has learnt.

The Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines flight ET-302 crashed in Bishoftu, a few minutes after take-off from Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa.

On Sunday, the family of John Quindos Karanja, who lost five relatives, told the Nation that they will be ferrying the remains ahead of burial on Thursday.

“We thank all Kenyans for the overwhelming emotional, spiritual and financial support towards our family. On Monday we shall be ferrying the remains of our loved ones after they were successfully identified. We plan to have the burial on Thursday, October 17,” said Mr Karanja.

The International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) announced in September that it had positively identified all the 149 passengers and eight crew who died in the crash.

Interpol Secretary General Jürgen Stock said the organisation had to rely on accurate DNA sampling from close blood relatives of the victims to make correct identification, which took the group six months.

The Nakuru family’s five members, among them Mr Karanja’s wife Ann Wangui Karanja, daughter Caroline Quinns Karanja and three grandchildren Ryan Njoroge (7), Kellie Wanjiku (5) and Rubi Wangui (9 months) perished in the plane crash.

READ ALSO:   U.S. govt gives boats worth Sh 500 Million to Kenya Navy

The family from Kwa Amos village in Kabatini, Bahati in Nakuru County intended to slaughter three goats to celebrate the return.

Mr Karanja’s wife was to bring home her grandchildren who had been living in Canada when the tragedy struck.

A relative of another family from Kipkelion that lost their son – Cosmas Kipng’etich Rogony – also confirmed some members had travelled to Ethiopia to pick his remains.

“The family of the late Rogony travelled and are expected back this week,” said the relative.

Mr Rogony, who until his death was an employee of General Electric’s healthcare division, left behind a one-year-old daughter and a 27-year-old widow Miriam Wanja.

He hailed from Saoset village in Kipkelion West Sub-County.

In March, the families held prayers for their departed relatives but there were no caskets or bodies.

by Nation.co.ke

Continue Reading

Africa

Ethiopian Airlines jet makes emergency landing

Published

on

An Ethiopian Airlines jet made an emergency landing in Dakar with one of its engines on fire, though all 90 passengers and crew were unharmed, airport and airline officials said.

The Boeing 767 aircraft had just taken off from Dakar airport en route to Addis Ababa when the pilot asked to return and make an emergency landing, Tidiane Tamba, a spokesperson for the Senegal airport said.

Ethiopian Airlines confirmed one of its jets had suffered a “mechanical problem” and had safely returned to its point of departure, without giving more details on the cause.

The airline said all those onboard were safe.

The Dakar incident came after an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX crashed in March shortly after taking off from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people onboard.

BY AFP

READ ALSO:   LIVE TV: Uncertainty looms as Kenyan High Court nullifies presidential ballot paper tender
Continue Reading

Africa

Burundi president receives his wife as ‘special guest’ at State House

Published

on

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza has yet again managed to create chatter on social media after receiving a ‘special’ guest at his presidential palace on Monday.

President Nkurunziza was picture standing next to his wife Denise Nkurunziza (the special guest) who paid him an official visit to present awards she received on her humanitarian work.

The First Lady was awarded a Certificate of Honour in recognition of her contribution in raising awareness among administrative and religious leaders, women and youth on the need to overcome the growing population in Burundi.

Pictures shared by the Burundi State House capture Mrs Nkurunziza waiting patiently at the what looks like a conference room for receiving visitors

Other pictures captures the first couple standing side by side while displaying the award certificates.

“At a hearing @KwaNtare, the First Lady of #Burundi SE @1stLady Burundi presented to the Head of State SE @pnkurunziza the awards received in recognition of his action in the transformation of society and his commitment to the most needy,” tweeted @NtareHouse.

Ntare Rushatsi House@NtareHouse

Lors d’une audience @KwaNtare, la Première Dame du S.E @1stLadyBurundi a présenté au Chef de l’Etat S.E @pnkurunziza les récompenses reçues en guise de reconnaissance de son action dans la transformation de la société et son engagement en faveur des plus nécessiteux.

View image on TwitterView image on TwitterView image on Twitter
109 people are talking about this

This attracted varied reactions from the online community who could not understand why the First Lady had to seek a formal audience with her husband.

“This killed me in so many respects I don’t know what to list and what to leave out! But first, when did a wife need a formal audience with her husband! Sacré Burundi,” said @KalindaMwene.

“Do they live together? It is bringing rumours on a possible separation in the presidential palace!” wrote @mugireje.

“Is this a Joke?” asked @solemanzi.

“Hold up whattt!!? So president Nkurunziza received special guest (His wife) in state house,” commented @FerdinandTurat.

In May this year, President Nkurunziza made headlines for publicly gifting his 12-year-old daughter with an envelope of cash for being well behaved.

Naomie Nkurunziza was awarded alongside senior state officials, farmers and the country’s national football team which had just qualified for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

Also awarded at the ceremony which was held on May 1, 2019 was a judo champion, governors and district administrators. The ceremony took place at a sports stadium at Rumonge, about 80km from the capital Bujumbura.

By Nairobi News

READ ALSO:   BREAKING: USCIS awards Citizenship Grants
Continue Reading

Are you looking for a Church to fellowship in Atlanta Metro Area?

poapay3

Like us on Facebook, stay informed

NEWS TRENDING RIGHT NOW

2019 Calendar

October 2017
M T W T F S S
« Sep   Nov »
 1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
3031  
satellite-communication1.jpg

Trending

error: Content is protected !!