LILIAN 

AGE 16, GRADE 10 (2018)

Lilian is a 10th grader at KCE. She loves mathematics and dreams of becoming a pilot, which is an occupation dominated by men in Kenya, as it is in many parts of the world. Her favorite part of the day is always when she sees an airplane up in the sky. Lilian marvels at it and often wonders aloud, “How does something this big, stay up in the sky with so much ease?” During a recent field trip to Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city, she saw airplanes up close and went inside one of them, though it didn’t fly. 

Lilian hopes that one day she will build a school, a dream inspired by Dr. Ntaiya. She believes in social change and knows that a woman can do something significant for her community. She encourages those who have supported her education to continue believing in girls’ education because of the many, positive ways her own life has changed.