Understanding the Experiences of Life with Natasha Wainaina

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Understanding the Experiences of Life with Natasha Wainaina

Understanding the experiences of life with Natasha Wainaina means discovering the outcome of the Face of UK (FOKUK) contest on Saturday, June 21st, 2014, at the Colisium Suite in Ilford, UK.

What was the result of the Face of Kenya UK contest?
How did Natasha showcase her talent?
What benefit did Ingrid Education Centre receive from her fundraising efforts?

Jesca Kiplagat, 2014 Face of Kenya UK winner.

Jesca Kiplagat, 2014 Face of Kenya UK winner.

This year’s Face of Kenya UK (FOKUK) winner was Jesca Kiplagat due to her unique story and use of a motivational speech to showcase her talent. She will reign for a year as the ambassador of the FOKUK with honorary community events and projects that will see her inspire, empower and entice others to give back and proudly present a positive image of Kenya abroad.

First Runner Up and Community Champion went to Laviniah Karanja, Second Runner up was Lissa Maranga’a, and the Best Talent award was received by Jakie Silwano.

Natasha Wainaina walking the runway at the 2014 FOKUK contest.

Natasha Wainaina sharing her heart at the 2014 FOKUK contest.

Natasha enjoyed the evening because:

I liked the fact that FOKUK gave us a chance to come together for a good cause to make a difference. I keenly felt the sense of unity among us young women because even though it was a competition, we were all willing to help one another. Girls compete against each other, but women empower each other. I am humbled and grateful that I got the chance to meet such lovely women.

All the contestants expressed their gratitude for the opportunity that the FOKUK contest afforded them, which included the following:

  • a platform for giving back to the community
  • a place to share love of their heritage and culture
  • a way to reconnect with youth in Kenya
  • making a connection and supporting a charity in Kenya
  • personal and professional development
  • meeting amazing people

Since secondary school, Natasha has been involved in the performing arts by joining the youth company at the local theater and being part of a dance team. Because her main hobby is dancing, she chose this art form to showcase her talent:

Lilian's class displaying a handwritten thank sign for Natasha and Janet, July 2014.

Lilian’s class displaying a handwritten thank sign for Natasha and Janet, July 2014.

Understanding the experiences of life means identifying with the situations that other individuals are experiencing. This is the reason that Ingrid Education Centre (IEC) became Natasha‘s charity of choice. She relates:

With regards to IEC, I have been trying to find find the right words to describe how happy I am that Janet Wainaina suggested this charity to me. IEC is the main reason I decided to join FOKUK; these little children are the next generation that should be given the opportunity to make a difference! I have been blessed with a family that support each other wholeheartedly! My Aunty adopted me also, so that I could have a chance of getting a better education, and that is what I want the children of IEC to have.

IEC purchased books and food with money raised by Natasha during the FOKUK contest, July 2014.

IEC purchased books and food with money raised by Natasha during the FOKUK contest, July 2014.

Receiving £265 from Natasha’s fundraising efforts was a huge benefit to Ingrid, providing books and food for the children of Ingrid. Founder Douglas Monene states:

Natasha Wainaina did a commendable work for the children of Ingrid and was able to fund raise 265 pounds, which helped us add more text books and buy food for Ingrid Children Centre. Thank you, Natasha, for the good work. Janet,

What will the children of Ingrid Education Centre do with the energy bestowed on them? Photo by Isaac V. Photography.

The children of Ingrid are grateful for your financial support. Photo by Isaac V. Photography.

you, too, are an angel for providing the FOKUK platform!

Because the value of the dollar in Kenya creates an opportunity to make a large impact in a child’s life, only $15.00 a month or $180.00 a year provides all the clothes, books, and food needed for one boy or girl to attend school. Contact Douglas Monene, founder of Ingrid Education Centre via email: douglasmonene@gmail.com to learn how to sponsor one of the children who attend Ingrid Education Centre

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