Sharon, age 18, is one of the 24 pioneering Kakenya’s Dream students who graduated from high school in December 2017. As part of the first class to enroll at the Kakenya Center for Excellence (KCE), Sharon represents the power of education, holistic support, and passion to transform lives.
Sharon grew up in a polygamous family with 25 siblings and three step-mothers. Sharon is the second-youngest of her mother’s nine daughters. With her very traditional family, especially as one of many daughters, it was very unlikely that Sharon would be able to continue her education beyond primary school.
That all changed in 2009 when Sharon joined the KCE’s first class. She finished grades four through eight at KCE and was then accepted to a prestigious national high school. In November 2017, she took the national high school exam and did extremely well. Her performance earned her a scholarship to study at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Starting in July of this year, Sharon will pursue a degree in Health Science.
After completely her studies in Australia, Sharon plans to become a pharmacist and return to her community, where she would like to help increase access to medicine and quality healthcare.
In March, Sharon visited UTS for the first time. She met faculty, visited classrooms, and even spoke at a presentation with campus stakeholders. We are so proud of her accomplishments and know she has a bright future ahead!
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