Education
 Kenya
Project #5574

Support girls' primary education in Maasai Kenya

by Kakenya's Dream
Vetted

Summary

The Kakenya Center for Excellence offers a high-quality education for underprivileged Maasai girls in grades 4-8. Test scores and self-esteem have risen dramatically since its inception in 2009. A nurturing boarding school with a broad academic and extracurricular curriculum, we provide a safe place for 183 girls to achieve their dreams. Our goal is to prepare students for their grade 8 exams so they can be accepted to high-quality secondary schools.
$10,000
total goal
$1,533
remaining
94
donors
3
monthly donors
6
years active

Challenge

Maasai Kenya has traditionally marginalized girls' primary education, with teachers focusing on boys in overcrowded classrooms. The girls are expected to undergo female genital cutting (FGC) and drop out of school at puberty, then marry and have children. Girls are aware that they come second in line after all boys and have neither the self-confidence nor the motivation to pursue their dreams. Instead, they are taught to accept their culturally assigned roles of young wives and mothers.

Solution

In an all-girls environment, girls lose their fear and secondary status and gain confidence and motivation to succeed in school. The on-campus dormitory ensures that the girls have time for study and bonding, eliminating the need to walk long distances and do home chores away from school. Through health education, the girls, parents, teachers, and community leaders have abolished female genital cutting to KCE students. We depend on donors to sustain our work.

Long-Term Impact

With sustained funding, the KCE community can continue to eliminate FGC from the community as a whole. Spring and summer camps provide girls from outside schools to learn health education and leadership training and an opportunity for KCE girls to serve as mentors. Through outreach efforts like this, KCE hopes to eliminate high rates of HIV-AIDS and teen pregnancy in the region. Our most critical goal is for girls to score well on the 8th-grade exams to enter quality secondary schools.

Resources

http:/​/​www.kakenyasdream.org
main website
Kakenya chosen as a CNN Hero
Kakenya's TEDx talk
Story of Kakenya video with Diane von Furstenberg

Organization Information

Kakenya's Dream

Location: Washington, DC - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.kakenyasdream.org
Project Leader:
Jennica Sehorn
Washington, District of Columbia United States
$8,467 raised of $10,000 goal
 
171 donations
$1,533 to go
Donate Now Add Project to Favorites

Help raise money for this important cause by creating a personalized fundraising page for this project.

Start a Fundraiser

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence

Snorkeler
Our
Impact

Woman Holding a Gift Card
Give
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle
GlobalGiving
Guarantee

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter
WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.