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Meet some of the girls at the Kakenya Center for Excellence and hear their stories.


 
 
 

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100% of our boarding school girls and alumnae have continued
their education and avoided FGM/C and early marriage.


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KAKENYA'S STORY

“I had a dream where all the girls in my village could go to school.”

Kakenya Ntaiya was supposed to follow the traditional path for a Maasai woman. Engaged at 5, she underwent female genital mutilation (FGM) in her early teens in preparation for marriage. This was supposed to mark the end of her childhood (and education) and prepare her for marriage. Since birth, she had been taught that she should only dream of becoming a mother and wife.

Kakenya had a different dream. She negotiated with her father to return to school after undergoing FGM. Though this was unheard of, he agreed. Several years later, she negotiated to do what no girl from her community had ever done: leave the village to go to college in the United States. She promised them she would use her education to benefit the village; in return, everyone collected money to pay for her journey.