Leadership Training for Girls in Rural Kenya

by Kakenya's Dream
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Leadership Training for Girls in Rural Kenya
Leadership Training for Girls in Rural Kenya
Leadership Training for Girls in Rural Kenya
Leadership Training for Girls in Rural Kenya
Leadership Training for Girls in Rural Kenya
Leadership Training for Girls in Rural Kenya
Leadership Training for Girls in Rural Kenya
Leadership Training for Girls in Rural Kenya
Leadership Training for Girls in Rural Kenya
Leadership Training for Girls in Rural Kenya
Leadership Training for Girls in Rural Kenya
Leadership Training for Girls in Rural Kenya
Leadership Training for Girls in Rural Kenya
Leadership Training for Girls in Rural Kenya
Leadership Training for Girls in Rural Kenya

Summary

In rural Kenya, 66% of girls continue to undergo female genital mutilation at puberty, after which they enter an arranged marriage and drop out of school. Information about their rights and health is unavailable or distorted, and these topics are considered taboo. Kakenya's Dream is educating and empowering girls to become their own advocates for their rights and health. During a six month afterschool program, girls learn life skills and receive vital health, rights, and sexual education.

$45,000
total goal
$7,434
remaining
146
donors
3
monthly donors
2
fundraisers
12
years

Challenge

Maasai girls are regularly married at the age of 12 after undergoing female genital mutilation (FGM), considered a rite of passage into adulthood. The practice can lead to complications such as obstetric fistula and even death. With child marriage comes the expectation that girls will permanently leave school. Although Kakenya's Dream has had success in empowering students at our schools, girls outside the KCE community are without empowerment tools for leadership and health education.

Solution

More than academic opportunity is necessary to equip vulnerable girls to overcome the challenges they face in attending and succeeding in school. They also need training in life skills, including sexual and reproductive health, leadership qualities, and an understanding of their legal rights. Our unique training program is designed to empower adolescents by providing critical information at a time when they are at risk of undergoing FGM and being forced into an early marriage.

Long-Term Impact

The trainings have reached over 25,000 students to date in three counties. Since 2019, we have used a new delivery method that allows our curriculum to be delivered as an after-school club at schools throughout the region. As we reach more and more girls, schools, and communities, girls' wellbeing will increase, their rights will be protected, and they will achieve higher levels of education. This, in turn, will uplift entire communities.

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Organization Information

Kakenya's Dream

Location: Arlington, VA - USA
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Twitter: @KakenyasDream
Project Leader:
Kakenya Ntaiya
Founder
Arlington , VA United States

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