- Grace Wanene, through her foundation called Drawing Dreams Initiative, identifies kids from poor backgrounds and provides them with school shoes
- The footwears termed as "growing shoes" are adjustable and can last the owner up to four years
- The former model said her passion grew when she noticed the need to protect needy pupils from parasites and soil-borne diseases
There is one key rule when it comes to charity: do it out of love and not for love. The first is selfless, honest, and genuine while the latter is self-pleasing and downright selfish.
Miss Earth Kenya 2016 winner Grace Wanene is the embodiment of true sacrifice, love and empathy.
The former model who now runs a foundation called Drawing Dreams Initiative has made it her life’s mission to provide less fortunate kids with shoes.
And not just any kind of footwear, hers are a special kind that can be adjusted as the owner grows. Amazing, right?
The philanthropist whose quest for change started off with a menstrual health workshop has dedicated her time towards making sure less fortunate kids do not go to school barefoot.
During an exclusive interview with TUKO.co.ke, Grace who was recently at Olgirgiri Primary School explained that she was moved when she spotted hundreds of kids travelling to school with no shoes.
Their feet were dusty and most of them could not afford to buy a decent pair of kicks.
“I chose this initiative because so many disadvantaged children go to school without shoes, and many more with shoes do not fit them thus exposing them to soil-borne diseases and parasites.”
She immediately knew she had her work cut out for her.
It pained the kind lady to see children afraid to play because they thought the hot sand would burn their feet.
One shoe costs her around KSh 2,000. The kicks are manufactured by Umoja Rubber Company.
"The shoe is called 'the shoe that grows' because you can adjust the front pin and rubber to fit your size. The kids can have them for four years and the quality is excellent."