Kakenya’s Dream hosted over 500 local girls at the Kakenya Center for Excellence this weekend to mark the 6th annual International Day of the Girl.

The girls and teachers were joined by parents and members of the community as they marched through the streets and market in the local village to raise awareness, and to demand better opportunities and conditions for girls in Kenya and around the world.

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The festivities kicked off on Friday with girls participating in an art contest to envision their bright futures. The girls dream of becoming doctors, nurses, pilots, judges, engineers, journalists, and teachers and more, and they painted a picture of bright futures ahead for all.

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Events on Saturday kicked-off with the girls’ march through the village followed by lunch then remarks and entertainment by the girls. Guest speaker Cicilia Maito, member of the county executive committee of Narok County and the first woman to lead the Trade, Industrialization and Cooperative Development committee, challenged the girls to be financially independent and to live-up to their potential through hard work. Maito, who is a teacher by profession was just recently elected. Also recently elected county assembly member Mark Mukut attended as well, and pledged to invest in more opportunities for local girls.

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By the end of the day, there were lots of pledges and commitments both by the girls and attendees. Our collective challenge now is to hold ourselves and others accountable to these promises, to invest in girls and bring about systematic change for girls in Kenya and everywhere.