AGE 13, GRADE 7 (2016)

Seventh-grader Natumoi was born in Ilpashire, a small village on the other side of the hill from KCE. She walks between the two when school opens or closes for breaks. Natumoi’s father has two wives and 15 sons; it is hard for a girl like Natumoi in a boy dominated family to access education. Even though neither of her parents or older sisters went to school, Natumoi’s mother fought for her to go to school, struggling as a farmer to pay for her education. Her father has since isolated them, creating even more economic pressure.  

Whereas Natumoi’s sisters underwent FGM and married as young teenagers, Natumoi 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. Natumoi often spends time alone 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 KCE’s supporters, who help support her like her mother.