Africa’s first Miss Supranational, Chanique Rabe from Namibia, has started her victory tour in her country. She welcomed the President and Creative Director to her country to show them her ‘From the Ground Up’ initiatives and make a promotional video to promote the natural beauty of Namibia.
The first stop was Windhoek where she had the opportunity to meet the ministries of Education, Arts and Culture and Sports and Youth. Rabe expressed her desire to make a difference in her country through her sewing classes, which aims to empower young people with skills that they can use in their everyday lives.
In 2020, Rabe started teaching sewing skills at the Hope Village Orphanage. She has been returning regularly to continue the work she started. The team visited Hope Village last week. “I am so proud of the work Chani is doing. Watching the kids’ faces light up when she arrived really touched my heart. They presented their creations and it was so beautiful to see how excited they were to show their creations. The creativity in the work was also astounding,” said Miss Supranational Creative Director Andre Sleigh.
The team arrived in the Zambezi Region of northeast Namibia where Rabe has her own sewing school. Her first school was opened in February 2021 at the Sijwa project by African Monarch Lodges. “We chose Chani not because of her beauty title but because of the authentic person she is. Her heart for people shines through and the skill set that she is transferring to the young people can make a real difference in our Mayuni Conservancy with whom we have a joint venture partnership. It will offer our youth aspirational goals, which we are extremely excited about” explained Tinolla Rodgers, co-owner of African Monarch Lodges.
Rabe and the Miss Supranational team will visit the region until Wednesday before heading to Swakopmund and Walvis Bay.
Photos: Francois Lottering / Eugene Rhodes