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Violet Chanya

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Margaret Ngugi Violet Chanya was born in 1949, in the rural Kisorongonyi Village, the semi- arid area of  Taita Taveta County in Kenya. Taita Taveta is plagued by malnutrition and deaths due to AIDS thus the high prevalence of orphans. This has also resulted in many cases of widowed women who work twice as hard to support their children. Unfortunately those who are married still work as hard because many men engage in drinking illicit brews. She schooled to primary level 3 because her father believed girls should not be educated but should rather take care of the goats and assist in home chores and farming. Despite this, she is a firm believer in empowering young girls through education and widows through farming by donating seeds to them and teaching them nutritional values of growing their food. In 2004, she began Mvono Community Centre (MCC) to take care of orphans…