Hannah Wanja Maina
Young Voices member, entrepreneur, university student and charity founder Hannah Wanja Maina lives in Kenya and campaigns on a wide range of disability and human rights issues
Hannah lives in Kenya and campaigns on a wide range of disability and human rights issues. She is currently studying at the United States International University in Nairobi, pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business Administration. The 21 year-old makes curios and beads to sell locally and fund her education. This is an area that Hannah feels passionate about and as a result of this decided to take action in her local town. She is the founder of the ‘Friends of Wanja Initiative,’ a mentorship programme at Joy-Town primary school which supports people with disabilities to feel empowered to learn.
The active campaigner is part of Young Voices, a Leonard Cheshire Disability programme that brings together people aged 16-25 from 20 countries around the world. They actively influence events and government policies by giving disabled people a voice. Another of Hannah’s interests is her role as Peer Educator, which involves talking to disabled people about some of the misconceptions that exist around HIV/AIDS and provides advice and guidance on how they can access medical support.