Kakenya's Dream

The Kakenya Center for Excellence seeks to empower and motivate young girls through education to become agents of change and to break the cycle of destructive cultural practices in Maasai Kenya such as female genital cutting and early forced marriage. We believe in impacting one girl at a time, one community at a time, until all girls in Africa have the opportunities they need to thrive as individuals. These future women leaders will improve their communities, their nation, and the world.

Kakenya's Dream
2100 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Suite 525
Washington, DC 20037
United States
202-912-2903
http://www.kakenyasdream.org

Founder

Kakenya Ntaiya

Management Team

Kakenya Ntaiya, Jennica Sehorn, Kate Robinson

Board of Directors

Lee Wood, Victoria Sant, Sarah Craven, Judith Moak, Marlene Johnson, Betty Hudson, Kathy Bonk, Lester Burke, Annette Scarpitta, Elizabeth Tyson

Project Leaders

Jennica Sehorn

Mission

The Kakenya Center for Excellence seeks to empower and motivate young girls through education to become agents of change and to break the cycle of destructive cultural practices in Maasai Kenya such as female genital cutting and early forced marriage. We believe in impacting one girl at a time, one community at a time, until all girls in Africa have the opportunities they need to thrive as individuals. These future women leaders will improve their communities, their nation, and the world.

Programs

Kakenya Center for Excellence is the first primary girls' boarding school in Enoosaen, Kenya. It currently has 124 students enrolled in grades 4-7, and each academic year this number increases. These girls are thriving, transforming into empowered, confident young women with high ambitions and skills to achieve their own dreams. None of the girls at our school will undergo female genital mutilation or be forced into an early marriage, as is customary in the Maasai culture. Rather, as they progress academically and exceed expectations, their parents are seeing the value of investing in their daughters' education. We have also been able to reach out to the community and to provide training for girls who are not attending our school. Through our health and leadership holiday camps, which we hold twice a year for a week at a time, we spread our impact and our messages of empowerment to girls from schools in the surrounding area. They spend a week with our students, making friendships and learning about their potential, their bodies, and their rights.

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Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2011: $250,000
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $250,000
  • Other funding sources: - NGOs - individual donors - corporations - international organizations - religious organization - community gifts (book drive)
  • Religious Affiliation: None

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