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:
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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.
In case you have forgotten, the dormitory at the Kakenya Center for Excellence was desperately needed. Girls were walking long distances from their homes, subject to human and animal predators. We converted empty classroom space into a makeshift dorm so the girls would not have to endure these dangers and to provide them precious time for studying. As one student reports,
My life change in the school and I improved in my education, I was walking to school for a long distance. I had came to [KCE] and I have been in boarding school. We had been taking good food and sleep well as well as learning. At [KCE] we had been given uniform, school shoes, [athletic apparel,] and school materials.
Attached you will find two articles describing the dorm and the excitement of the girls. We hope you will share in their excitement.
A huge thank you to all our donors and friends who supported this grand effort!
Community leaders and parents of KCE students have come together on their own to prohibit students from undergoing the female genital cutting "coming of age" ritual (FGC/FGM). This is an amazing piece of investigative reporting from Advocacy Project Peace Fellow Charlotte Bourdillon, who is spending 6 months at the Kakenya Center for Excellence. She probes into one of the most sensitive social issues in Maasai Kenya. Don't miss this, then consider a donation to support KCE.
Moving up from second place at the end of last year, our school is now #1 academically among 26 primary schools in the division! Plus, 4 of our girls placed in the top 5, with the 5th girl being an alumna of KCE's Spring Break Camp. See details and attached link from our fabulous Advocacy Project Peace Fellow, Charlotte Bourdillon.
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