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
1717 K St. NW
Suite 1050
Washington, DC 20006
United States
202-912-2903
http://www.kakenyasdream.org
 BRIDGE Number: 5236384635

Founder

Kakenya Ntaiya

Management Team

Kakenya Ntaiya, Jennica Stephenson, Hillary Omala, Joan Woods

Board of Directors

Lee Wood, Victoria Sant, Sarah Craven, Judith Moak, Marlene Johnson, Betty Hudson, Kathy Bonk, Pamela Reeves, Elizabeth Tyson, Elizabeth Maffey, Sam Martinez, Tong Vang

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 183 students enrolled in grades 4-8. 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 have undergone female genital mutilation or been forced into 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. In 2011, Kakenya Center launched our Health and Leadership training program to provide girls at risk with important health information and leadership skills training. This program allows us to not only enhance the educational experiences of the girls in our classrooms, but also to reach girls outside the boarding school with critical information at a time when they are at risk of undergoing FGM and early forced marriage. In 2015, 2,700 teens received vital information on sexual health and their legal rights through our health and leadership trainings. Kakenya Center for Excellence is proud to have 100% of our alumnae currently enrolled in high schools around the county. Through our Network for Excellence program, we invest in our graduates to ensure that they have the support needed to remain in school. The Network for Excellence is an essential program that enables us to continue supporting our students as they leave the walls of our Boarding School and begin to pursue their dreams in a new setting.

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Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2015: $600,000
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $6,000,000
  • Other funding sources: - NGOs - individual donors - corporations - international organizations - community gifts
  • Religious Affiliation: None
   

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