Rafieya Husain has become a household name in Guyana and around the world. Rafieya was born in Anna Regina, on the Essequibo Coast to parents Salena Khan and Jameel Husain. Growing up in Georgetown she has very fond memories of going to school, spending time at both grandparents’ homes in Essequibo Coast and Berbice. At age 11, Rafieya migrated with her family to the USA, Rafieya began her pageant career in 2010 and won her first title as the Miss India DC 2010, followed by several titles over that last six years including Miss Teen Virginia 2010, Miss World Guyana 2014 and Miss World Caribbean 2014, and now the reigning Miss Universe Guyana 2017. Ms. Husain is in her senior year at Stayer University for her bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance.
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Rafieya was crowned Miss Guyana World 2014 in February 2014, she also took home the first ever Humanitarian Award for Beauty with a Purpose in Guyana for her commitment to fighting against domestic violence. Having been a victim herself, this is a cause that is very close to her heart and Rafieya’s has worked tirelessly to raise awareness and to educate young people on the early signs of dating violence. In her efforts to improving the lives of those affected by domestic violence.
In 2014, Rafieya was crowned Miss World Guyana 2014 and went on to compete on the international stage. Rafieya’s placed in the top 10 at Miss World 2014 and shared the top prize Beauty with a purpose with 4 others.
She also was sashed Miss World Caribbean 2014 and came in 2nd for Multimedia. Rafieya ended the drought in Guyana after 43 years.
Rafieya founded her own non-profit organization (NGO) called (RIVAH) Rafieya’s International Vision & Hope and have since build an Outreach Center in Region #2. Her continued work with her NGO has led to a partnership with Blossoms another non-profit and in collaboration with the Ministry of Education will work in schools around Guyana to educate children and teens about the early signs of Domestic Violence.
In 2014 & 2015 Rafieya organized two red carpet dinners to raise funds for her charity and had the support of the Government and private sectors. In 2015 Rafieya organized successful Walk for Hope to bring awareness about the early signs of Domestic Violence. Today Rivah has a full time counselor and social worker at the center and with the joint collaboration with Blossom, the work is focused on child abuse in Region 2.
With Guyana having one of the highest suicide rate in Guyana, she is now focusing on bring awareness on the early signs of Suicide which is so closely tied to Domestic Violence.
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