naomi 

AGE 14, GRADE 8 (2016)

As a 14-year-old, Naomi knows many girls who have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM), dropped out of school and been married off in their teenage years. In fact, even boys in her village have dropped out of school. Seeing this happen has made Naomi treasure the rare opportunity she has to be in school. She hopes things are changing, however, and was glad that two of her friends who do not attend KCE were able to go back to school despite undergoing FGM. 

Naomi’s father is supportive to her education, encouraging her to study to attain the highest level of education she can. He became a girls’ education champion through interacting with the teachers and parents at Kakenya Center for Excellence, where he learned the value of education girls. In school, Naomi likes mathematics and, after visiting an airport in Nairobi, thinks she may become a pilot. She is grateful that so many around the world support girls education and help bring social change to her community, which creates more champions for girls’ education like her father.