The Global Citizen festival went down this past weekend at the FNB Stadium Johannesburg South Africa and Kenya has an exciting takeaway from it.
27-year-old human nutritionist, Social Entrepreneur and Philanthropist took home the Youth Leadership Award for her exemplary work with her organization Food 4 Education. With her team, she cooks, prepares and distributes balance meals at subsidized prices to over 2000 school children in Ruiru.
Congratulations to @wawiranjiru on winning the @Cisco @GlblCtzn Youth Leadership Prize for her work to end childhood hunger! Thanks to @Usher for the partnership and supporting this important work! #GlobalCitizen #Mandela100 pic.twitter.com/7alO0ABQgj
— Chuck Robbins (@ChuckRobbins) December 2, 2018
The prize honours activist or changemaker between the ages of 18 and 30 who have contributed meaningfully towards the goal of ending global poverty.
Her organization was formed in 2011 after she graduated from the University of Australia when she invited 80 of her friends to a Kenyan meal with a $20 price tag. The money raised was used to kickstart Food 4 Education (F4E) feeding less than 50 pupils. She then stepped up an online campaign to get more funding which resulted in increased reach.
The Global Award prize came in with a handsome 25 million shillings that will help further her quest to alleviate hunger in schools. Wawira was handed the prize by Usher who is a partner with Cisco the global giant that sponsored the award.
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.