Wawiru Njiru, the founder and executive director of Food for Education, was one of the recipients of the University of South Australia (UNISA), 2017 Alumni Award. The awards honor UNISA graduates who have shown outstanding contribution to society and to local and global communities.
Wawira, started Food for Education in 2012 while studying for her undergraduate degree in Bachelor in Food Science and Nutrition. The organisation seeks to address the inequality in education which is caused by limited access to food in her community in Ruiru. Since its inception, Food for Education has provided over 120,000 meals which has helped improve school attendance and performance.
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Aside from the UNISA Alumni Award, she has been recognized as a Spark International Change maker (2012), a Transform Nutrition Champion and a Hunger free ambassador in 2013. Current and previous recipients of the UNISA Alumni Award include the editor in chief of Vogue China, Angelica Cheung, and South Australia’s former premier, Dr. Dean Brown.
Wawira Njiru is currently studying for her Master’s degree in Public Health at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.