- Eight-year-old Aileen Akinyi is arguably one of Kenya’s youngest philanthropists
- Seme’s little girl runs an organization called Destiny Helpers through which she distributes sanitary pads and underwear to the less fortunate in society.
- She holds several modeling titles, namely Tiny Miss Kisumu, Tiny Princess Kenya, Mini Miss World Kenya, Little Miss Mazingira Africa and African Child of the Year.
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At the tender age of eight, Aileen Akinyi is already touching lives on different levels.
The model, charity ambassador and environmentalist runs a philanthropic program that targets schoolchildren to whom she donates loungewear and sanitary napkins.
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Aileen currently holds several titles including Tiny Miss Kisumu, Tiny Princess Kenya, Mini Miss World Kenya, Little Miss Mazingira Africa and African Child of the Year.
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Talk to TUKO.co.ke‘s Hillary Lisimba, the young philanthropist explained that she uses her accolades to improve the community through an organization called Destiny Helpers.
“The reusable towels I donate can be recycled for 12 months before they are thrown away. I intend to reach vulnerable children all over the country, ”she said.
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Where it all started
Initially, the young girl from Kachieng village in Seme ran a street feeding program and visited children’s homes before choosing to donate sanitary pads and underwear.
“Many children do not have the basics to keep them in school, and in Seme, the rate of teenage pregnancies and absenteeism is high. Aileen’s mother, Stella Tande, added.
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She added that to improve the project, Aileen enlisted the help of her friends who are young children who are talented in different fields.
Balancing studies, modeling and philanthropy, the little girl revealed that she uses weekends and holidays for events and giving.
“She’s such a versatile girl. In fact, she came second in her class when she went to second grade,” her mother revealed.
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Aileen’s story is almost similar to that of Chelsea Phaire, 10, of Connecticut, who started a charity through which she helps children at various homeless shelters.
In 2020, Chelsea sent more than 1,500 art kits to more than 1,000 children to help lift their spirits during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Her philanthropy dates back to August 2019, on her birthday, when she asked her guests to donate art supplies instead of buying gifts on her big day.
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