Every year on October 11th, communities and organizations around the world celebrate the International Day of the Girl. In our community, parents and friends gathered at the school to celebrate with our girls. In addition to singing, dancing, and eating together to honor the day, we also asked our girls to complete the statement “I am a girl, I have the power too…” Here’s what they said:

“I am a girl; I have the power to be educated.”

“I am a girl; I have the power to fight for the rights of girls to be educated in society.”

“I am a girl; I have the power to be the President of Kenya.”

“I am a girl; I have the power to change my society.”


On November 15th and 16th, hundreds of rising fourth grade girls came with their guardians to the Kakenya Center for Excellence boarding school for enrollment. The girls represented over a dozen schools and localities. The enrollment process involves an assessment test, interviews with the girls and their family, and gathering official information about the girl and her academic record. This year, 40 girls were selected based on need and academic ability to attend the school in January 2017. Click here to support their education! 


September is a busy month at the Kakenya Center for Excellence. In addition to the end of the August holiday, the new month also brings an exciting solar installation project to campus (see below) from our partners at We Care Solar (hyperlink ) , a San Francisco, CA-based organization that supports the We Share Solar Suitcase project.

Each suitcase, built by student volunteers in the U.S., provides easy-to-use, safe and durable solar electricity systems to schools and orphanages in rural communities without reliable power. Consistent, reliable energy is essential for our girls to study and socialize safely after dark. Before partnering with We Share Solar, our girls would often go hours or even days without lights in their dormitories, dining hall and classrooms. We are thrilled to welcome our new partners and this sustainable and dependable energy source to our campus!