Grace Wanene: Meet Ex-Model Who Provides Needy Pupils "Growing Shoes"

Grace Wanene: Meet Ex-Model Who Provides Needy Pupils "Growing Shoes"

- Grace Wanene, through her foundation Drawing Dreams Initiative, identifies kids from poor backgrounds and provides them with school shoes

- The kicks 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

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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.

Grace Wanene: Meet ex-model who provides needy pupils with "growing shoes"

Grace Wanene was afraid that most pupils in remote schools are exposed to soil-borne diseases. Photo: @OTC_lens
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The former model who now runs a foundation by the name Drawing Dreams Initiative has made it her life’s mission to provide less fortunate kids with shoes.

Grace Wanene: Meet ex-model who provides needy pupils with "growing shoes"

The pins can be adjusted if the owner's feet grow an inch larger. Photo: @OTC_lens
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And not just any kind of footwear, hers are a special kind that can be adjusted as the owner grows. Amazing, right?

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The philanthropist whose quest for change started off with a menstrual health workshop has dedicated her time towards making sure less fortunate kids go to school barefoot.

During an exclusive interview with, 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.

Grace Wanene: Meet ex-model who provides needy pupils with "growing shoes"

A young pupil admiring their new gift. Photo: @OTC_lens
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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,” Grace opened up.

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. The kicks are manufactured by Umoja Rubber Company.

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"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," she explained.

In similar news from, a video was posted on Facebook of an amazing young boy ballet dancing solo in the rain. The hauntingly beautiful video is silent save for the staccato patter of rain and the shuffle of the boy's feet. The beautiful dance is performed without a roof, mirror, music or shoes and has inspired South Africa.

The township child was caught on video dancing a hauntingly beautiful set in the rain, the staccato drops of water the only rhythm he had. Without a mirror, shoes, piano or roof the young boy was able to perform a beautiful ballet dance.

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