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Causes: Education, Secondary & High Schools

Programs: Boarding school program: our boarding school program serves the region's most vulnerable and underprivileged girls. In 2014, we had 170 girls enrolled in grades 4-8. Kakenya center for excellence is committed to providing our students with all the resources they need to excel academically, physically and in life generally. We provide the girls with all their school needs, including clothing, nutritious meals, and up-to-date learning materials. Clothing includes two complete uniform sets, athletic gear, and shoes. Meals include a well-balanced diet that all girls need to grow healthily, with fruits, vegetables, meat, and milk. Academically, we provide the students with well trained teachers, after-school and weekend enrichment programs, textbooks, and all other learning materials needed to run the school efficiently. The dormitory allows girls to board at the school rather than face the daily dangers of walking long distances to and from their homes.

health and leadership training program: kakenya center for excellenceis committed to providing resources not only to its students but to girls in the surrounding community as well. This program fosters an inclusive relationship between kce students and girls in the region attending other schools. Twice each year kce hosts week-long camps to increase girls' knowledge about health related issues such as female genital mutilation and effects of early marriage and leadership-related skills such as communication and assertiveness. Girls are also taught about their rights according to kenyan law and what to do when those rights are violated. The girls who come to our camps also have access to the fun and inspiring educational resources available through kce programs. Girls are challenged to dream big, and through our motivational speakers they are given an opportunity to ask questions relating to their various dreams and goals. In 2014, we expanded this program to include monthly weekend trainings hosted at schools around the district. The program has reached over 1,600 students and continues to empower and motivate young girls in all of the community to achieve their full potential.

network for excellence program: kce's newest program was developed as a way to continue to support our graduates as they transition from primary education at our boarding school to secondary education at schools around the country. The network for excellence program provides ongoing communication among the girls at different schools and with our kce staff. It includes trainings at our campus during academic holidays, mentorship, and leadership opportunities for high school kce alumnae. It also provides the students with the financial support they need to afford the fees associated with secondary school.

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I have been working with the Kakenya Center for Excellence since November of 2010. I met KCE’s founder, Dr. Kakenya Ntaiya, at the Aspen Environmental Institute and was inspired by Kakenya’s story. Since then, we have worked together to develop programs for women and girls in her village in Enoosaen to improve access to education and economic opportunities.

Dr. Ntaiya is the living example of the positive change that can occurs from educating just one girl. Dr. Ntaiya was once shunned in her community for having the audacity to accept a scholarship to a U.S. college, instead of taking the usual path of becoming a wife at age 14. She is now seen as a leader, a hero, and a role-model among her people. Dads want their daughters to be like Kakenya, girls aspire to be her. Dr. Ntaiya has opened a world of possibilities for not only girls in her community, but for the entire community.

Having traveled to Enoosaen several times, and having spent time with the individuals in Kenya who provide leadership for the school, I continue to be impressed by the men and women who have the best interest of the organization at heart. There is a high degree of integrity, and I have seen first hand the impact that the Kakenya Center for Excellence has on girls who would not otherwise have the opportunity for a quality education.

We will continue to partner with Dr. Ntaiya and the Kakenya Center for Excellence. Despite the many obstacles that the school and Dr. Ntaiya have overcome to create the best learning environment for girls, there continues to be many challenges. Enoosaen is a subsistence farming community, the population is largely uneducated and poverty is quite high. Many girls will be graduating from KCE with a chance to attend high school. Without opportunities to earn income and without support from the broader community, many of these girls may not be able to pay the school fees necessary to continue with their education. Having looked into the eyes of many of the KCE girls, and having heard their dreams of becoming doctors, lawyers, pilots and engineers, I personally, along with our organization, will continue to do everything in our power to provide the tools necessary to help them realize their dreams. Please consider getting more involved with this wonderful organization.

I look forward to KCE’s continued growth, and hope to see Kakenya’s model and our partnership expand to other communities in the future. After all, shouldn’t every child in the world have the opportunity to become their best self?

Ellyn Ito
Executive Director
Seeds to Sew International, Inc