In Ruira, rural Kenya, 30% of children live in extreme poverty and thousands are forced to choose between going to school or taking to the streets to work or beg to survive. It costs just 50 cents per day in Ruira to provide a child in school with lunch and Wawira Njiru saw this as the solution to keeping children in school and breaking the cycle of poverty in her community.
She runs Food 4 Education, providing daily lunches to these children as well as running a monthly mentorship program to keep them inspired. After a nutritious lunch the children are focused, ready to absorb their lessons and enjoy their mentoring sessions with local university students and role models.
By providing one meal each day, Wawira has improved school attendance and the children’s grades dramatically.