AGE 13, GRADE 7 (2016)
Seventh-grader Faith was born in Ilpashire, a small village on the other side of the hill from the Kakenya Center for Excellence (KCE) campus. She walks between the two when school opens or closes for breaks. Faith’s father has two wives and 15 sons; it is hard for a girl like Faith in a boy-dominated family to access education. Even though neither of her parents or older sisters went to school, Faith’s mother fought for her right to learn, struggling as a farmer to pay for her education. Her father has since isolated them, creating even more economic pressure.
While Faith’s sisters married as young teenagers, Faith is happy to feel like a child at KCE. She enjoys playing, eating, and learning with the other girls. She is grateful to her mother for this opportunity and hopes one day she will be able to help her family out of poverty. Faith often spends time thinking about her future and praying for her mother. She aspires to become a teacher so she may help other children like her. She is grateful for Kakenya’s Dream’s supporters, who help support her and, by extension, her family.