On October 9, 2012, 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai was on the school bus home when she was shot in the head by the Taliban. The Pakistani activist has spoken out against the Taliban and in support of girls’ education from the age of 11 years old. Even before her assassination attempt, she had received death threats. Despite these tremendous obstacles, Malala continues to be a powerful and inspirational advocate for education.
Today, we recognize Malala’s accomplishments on behalf of girls everywhere fighting for their right to go to school. She says, “I tell my story not because it is unique but because it is not. It is the story of many girls.”
Malala embodies the values of resilience, persistence, and courage that we aim to instill in all our girls at Kakenya’s Dreams. Like Malala, our girls have hopes and dreams of becoming doctors, teachers, lawyers, and other leadership roles in their communities that are only possible through empowering education. We also protect our girls from the harmful practices of child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM), so they may continue their educations and keep dreaming big.
Malala provides us with an example that girls can, and should, be at the forefront of discussions about the real challenges they face and what resources they need to succeed. Our girls face many hardships in their journeys to gain equal access to education. We must listen to and amplify their voices.
Today, we thank and celebrate Malala for her relentless efforts to fight for all girls to go to school and continue to carry out Malala’s dream with our girls at KCE. To join Malala’s mission and give the gift of education to a girl in need, click here.