She won the hearts of many by emerging winner of Face of Kenya USA 2015 pageant at the tender age of 19. Even before that, she had been crowned Miss Teen ‘Peoples Choice Award’ and ‘Most Photogenic,’ as well as “Runners Up.” This happened in her high school years and it was a precursor to her recent big win.

Being Face Of Kenya USA has tremendously changed Trina Njoroge’s life in many unprecedented ways. She now runs her own office under the guidance of Janet and Wacu, the pageant’s founders. I spoke to the young and bubbly Kenyan US-native and this is what she had to say:

Harun: Tell us why you chose to support orphans whose parents passed away due to AIDS…what’s your motivation?

Trina: My aunt recently passed away due to HIV/AIDS and left her 3 daughters who are now orphaned. It saddens me that the spread of HIV is leaving children orphaned not knowing where to go or what to do next. I’m only 19 and back then, I didn’t think I was capable of doing much, I wanted to make a difference but I didn’t know where to even begin. Then, I heard about Face of Kenya USA and it was a perfect opportunity for me to begin my journey and tell everyone about the charity I’m sponsoring known as “Angels Forgotten”. I felt a connection with my cousins and they are my motivation to keep the fire burning in helping orphaned children back home and giving them a second chance at life, letting them know that there is hope and that education will take them far.

Harun: What do you love doing during your free time?

Trina: Usually during my free time I love going to the gym and working out. Exercise is very important and it’s a way I enjoy entertaining myself.

Harun: What’s your favorite childhood memory?

Trina: The first time I came to Kenya in 2003 with my family. I always used to hear that I have lots of cousins and grandparents there that I had been dreading to meet!

Harun: What’s your favorite movie?

Trina: The Notebook, I’m a huge fan of Nicholas Sparks’ novels/movies.