WAWIRA NJIRU: Saving Lives Through Food And Education

WAWIRA NJIRU: Saving Lives Through Food And Education

Wawira Njiru, is a Kenyan businesswoman, entrepreneur, human nutritionist, and philanthropist, who 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 school children from humble backgrounds in Ruiru, a suburb of Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya.

She grew up in the town of Ruiru, in Kiambu County, immediately northwest of the capital city of Nairobi. She attended local schools for her primary and secondary education. In 2010, she was admitted to the University of South Australia, in Adelaide, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Nutrition Science degree.


In 2011, at the age of twenty, Wawira Njiru, then an undergraduate in Adelaide, Australia 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 makeshift 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 (approx. US$0.25) to provide a meal to an elementary school child in Kenya. The parents or guardians are asked to contribute KSh10 (approx. US$0.10). F4E provides the balance.

To bridge the financial gap, F4E hired a full-time chef, constructed a new modern kitchen and began to deliver cooked-to-order-meals to corporate clients in the nearby Nairobi neighborhoods of Kilimani, Kileleshwa, Westlands, Upper Hill and the central business district of the city.

In 2018, Business Daily Africa, a Kenyan daily English newspaper named Wawira Njiru, one of the 40 Under 40 Kenyan Women for the year 2018. In December 2018, she became the first person to win the Global Citizen Prize for Youth Leadership. In 2018, Wawira Njiru was also named among the 100 Most Influential Young Kenyans, by Avance Media.

By Oluwamayowa Akinyemi

Oluwamayowa Akinyemi
Oluwamayowa Akinyemi is a digital and web content developer with experience in web content development and management as well as research and writing. He is an avid reader of random subject matters and a sucker for movies and video games. He is also passionate about youth empowerment and is a global affairs analyst and enthusiast.
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