Kenya is winning again!
During the 2018 Global Citizen Festival hosted on December 2 in Johannesburg, South Africa, one Wawira Njiru won the 2018 Global Citizen Prize for Youth Leadership.
27-year-old Wawira Njiru is a human nutritionist, businesswoman, entrepreneur and philanthropist in Kenya. She serves as the executive director of Food 4 Education, an organization that cooks, prepares and distributes nutritious meals, at subsidized prices to over 2,000 poor school children in Ruiru, a suburb of Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya.
In 2011, at the age of twenty, Wawiru was born and raised in Ruiru where she attended school and then a graduated from University of South Australia, Adelaide. She invited 80 friends to a Kenyan themed meal. She charged $20 per plate, raising the equivalent of KSh126,000 at that time.
With those funds, Food 4 Education (F4E) was founded. Starting with the construction of a make-shift kitchen, F4E started feeding their 25 first students. That was followed by fundraising campaigns on the internet. Over time, the number of children receiving subsidized school lunches increased.
According to Wawira Njiru, it costs Ksh25 to provide a meal to an elementary school child in Kenya. The parents or guardians are asked to contribute KSh10. F4E provides the balance.
In 2018, Business Daily Africa, they named Wawira Njiru, one of the 40 Under 40 Kenyan Women for the year 2018.
Having won the Global Citizen Prize for Youth Leadership she has walked away with 25 million. The prize honors an activist or changemaker between the ages of 18 and 30 who has contributed meaningfully towards the goal of ending global poverty.
Wawira Njiru is currently studying for her Master’s degree in Public Health at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.