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.
Jan 7, 2012

Kakenya Center's December 2011 Leadership Camp

December 2011 Health and Leadership Camp
December 2011 Health and Leadership Camp

In December 2011, we held another successful Health and Leadership Camp for 65 girls aged 13 and 14.  The participants were a mix of KCE students and girls from the surrounding community.  Each Kakenya Center student was paired with a girl from another school for the duration of the camp to encourage the participants to make new friends.  Each day had a different theme, such as Health and Hygiene or Leadership and Life Skills.  On the Health and Hygiene day, our knowledgeable trainers gave the girls information on health issues ranging from how to properly wash their hands to facts about sexually transmitted diseases.  The girls also learned about the harmful effects of female genital cutting -- from a trainer who is also Maasai.  On the Leadership and Life Skills day, they participated in group games and activities, discussed qualities of a good leader, and were educated about their rights by the district children’s rights officer.  

Evenings were filled with fun activities such as story-telling by local grandmothers, a movie night, and a talent show.  While at the beginning of the week many of the girls were timid and afraid to speak up, by the end of the camp almost every girl was eager to answer the trainers’ questions and to participate.  During dinner time on the final night, all the girls sat together and spoke and laughed energetically - an amazing sight to see after the dinner on the first day where girls from different schools sat far apart and whispered quietly amongst themselves. By the end of the week, everyone had made new friends and acquired lots of new knowledge.  The girls did not want to go home when the camp was over!

Altogether in 2011, our Health and Leadership camps reached over 120 girls.  In 2012, we hope to increase this number to 200.  We want to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of you who have supported our project and our vision to empower young Maasai girls with knowledge and leadership skills!  Together, we are changing the lives of girls in Enoosaen.

Girls playing tug-of-war
Girls playing tug-of-war
Reflection time with Kakenya
Reflection time with Kakenya
Oct 16, 2011

Leadership Camp

A Leadership Activity Gets Physical at Camp
A Leadership Activity Gets Physical at Camp

With so much going on, we omitted a critically important report: In April, we opened the first leadership and health camp at KCE! For the one-week holiday while girls in grades 4 and 5 had gone home, specially selected girls from other district schools joined our 6th grade girls for the full boarding experience. Please see Charlotte Bourdillon's report for details.

The other news is that we're gearing up for the next camp in December. But to support this effort, we ask you to please go to our sister project page here on Global Giving:

http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/leadership-training-for-120-girls-in-maasai-kenya/

This project has been selected to participate in the Girl Effect Challenge on Global Giving. You can see additional details there. Please consider even a small donation to that project to help boost our number of donors. Even $10 donations are welcome! The top 6 Girl Effect projects with the most donors and the 6 projects selected by a special Girl Effect committee will move on. Thanks for your support!

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Sep 20, 2011

KCE's First-Ever Spelling Bee!

The word has come!
The word has come!

Brazilian Advocacy Project Fellow Cleia Noia brought a slice of Americana to the Maasai girls at KCE: a good old-fashioned spelling bee! What a way to hone their English skills! The fact that the words were taken from the girls themselves, noted from actual lessons, makes them even more meaningful. No obscure words generated by a teacher or a school system that one is unlikely to encounter again. Kudos to Cleia for organizing this successful event! And don't miss the photos in her attached report.

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