AGE 16, GRADE 10 (2018)

Brenda, age 14, is driven in her career goals. Though she hasn’t yet decided whether to become a surgeon or support Kenya’s fight against terrorism as a jet pilot, she knows all her dreams are possible with a great education. She studies hard for the national exam in order to get into a top national high school. She enjoys mathematics and making calculations. 

Brenda understands hard work; her mother sets a strong example selling milk to help pay for Brenda’s education. She’s grateful for her mother’s support, and feels empathy for the struggle many orphans face to access education. Together, with several classmates who are orphans, she plans to establish an orphanage where children can get an education. “Every child deserves the opportunity to access quality education,” she says.