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KCE Girls -- active, engaged and empowered to learn!

posted Jan 7, 2014 by Isabel Garcia

Progress

The past several months have been a busy and productive time at Kakenya Center for Excellence (KCE) and we are pleased to provide you with some highlights:

  • This spring our school went off the grid! Our campus is now brightly lit by consistent, reliable power through newly installed solar panels. The dependable electricity has enabled KCE staff to teach computer classes to all students every week.
  • Our girls remain active and healthy. We recently celebrated "Games Day" on campus -- a fun day where our girls compete with one another in sporting events and team building games and activities. In addition, our volleyball team placed second at the county level tournament. These athletes take great pride in representing KCE throughout the district.
  • This summer KCE hosted its 5th Health and Leadership Training camp. Along with our 6th and 7th graders, 60 additional campers from surrounding schools joined us for a week of training on issues such as female health, self-defense, leadership skills and child rights. As always, the week was filled with laughter, new friendships, plenty of singing, and positive change. We look forward to keeping you posted on events and activities throughout the year

Risks and challenges

We are pleased that the school year has gone smoothly to date.

Get personal

Read what the girls have to say about KCE:

  • "This school supports parents who don't have money, so it is a very good school" -- Mercy
  • "In my former school I used to score 100 marks and now I score 300 and above." -- Shura
  • "Camp has enabled and encouraged me to work hard until I achieve my goals." -- Nasieku
  • "We were taught how to be a leader." -- Juliet

Next steps

The students are now in the last term of the school year. All girls are busily preparing for final exams. We were fortunate to recently have hired new teachers to engage our students at KCE.

Budget

KCE follows the academic year in Kenya which begins January each year. The funds from this project began mid-year and we have used the donation accordingly. Over the past 90 days we have spent a portion of the funds on food, personal items and a teacher's salary. Uniforms, books and school supplies are all purchased at the beginning of the school year, and we plan to use the money budgeted for those items in January.

Line Items Projected budget Amount spent so far

School Uniforms

Books/Supplies

Food

Teacher's annual salary

Personal Care Items

$1,160.00

$1,100.00

$2,000.00

$1,440.00

$300.00

$00.00

$00.00

$500.00

$360.00

$75.00

Other

The funds from this project are enabling girls to learn and succeed in a supportive girls-only environment. Their dedication, spirit and enthusiasm is creating a positive atmosphere throughout campus and indeed throughout the community. Thank you for your continued support.

Vote for Kakenya as a CNN Hero

posted Oct 23, 2013 by Rati Bishnoi

Donors, great news! Kakenya Ntaiya has been nominated to be CNN's Hero of the Year for her work!

As you know, Kakenya is a community crusader leading the Kakenya Center for Excellence in supporting young girls through education to become agents of change and to break the cycle of destructive cultural practices in Kenya such as female genital mutilation and early forced marriage.

Make sure to take a minute and vote for Kakenya!

KCE Girls -- active, engaged and empowered to learn!

posted Sep 26, 2013 by Rati Bishnoi

Progress

The past several months have been a busy and productive time at Kakenya Center for Excellence (KCE) and we are pleased to provide you with some highlights:

  • This spring our school went off the grid! Our campus is now brightly lit by consistent, reliable power through newly installed solar panels. The dependable electricity has enabled KCE staff to teach computer classes to all students every week.
  • Our girls remain active and healthy. We recently celebrated "Games Day" on campus -- a fun day where our girls compete with one another in sporting events and team building games and activities. In addition, our volleyball team placed second at the county level tournament. These athletes take great pride in representing KCE throughout the district.
  • This summer KCE hosted its 5th Health and Leadership Training camp. Along with our 6th and 7th graders, 60 additional campers from surrounding schools joined us for a week of training on issues such as female health, self-defense, leadership skills and child rights. As always, the week was filled with laughter, new friendships, plenty of singing, and positive change. We look forward to keeping you posted on events and activities throughout the year.

Risks and challenges

We are pleased that the school year has gone smoothly to date.

Get personal

Read what the girls have to say about KCE:

  • "This school supports parents who don't have money, so it is a very good school" -- Mercy
  • "In my former school I used to score 100 marks and now I score 300 and above." -- Shura
  • "Camp has enabled and encouraged me to work hard until I achieve my goals." -- Nasieku
  • "We were taught how to be a leader." -- Juliet

Next steps

The students are now in the last term of the school year. All girls are busily preparing for final exams. We were fortunate to recently have hired new teachers to engage our students at KCE.

Budget

KCE follows the academic year in Kenya which begins January each year. The funds from this project began mid-year and we have used the donation accordingly. Over the past 90 days we have spent a portion of the funds on food, personal items and a teacher's salary. Uniforms, books and school supplies are all purchased at the beginning of the school year, and we plan to use the money budgeted for those items in January.

Line Items

Projected budget

Amount spent so far

School Uniforms

 Books/Supplies

Food

Teacher's annual salary

 Personal Care Items

$1,160.00

$1,100.00

$2,000.00

$1,440.00

$300.00

$00.00

$00.00

$500.00

$360.00

$75.00

Other

The funds from this project are enabling girls to learn and succeed in a supportive girls-only environment. Their dedication, spirit and enthusiasm is creating a positive atmosphere throughout campus and indeed throughout the community. Thank you for your continued support.

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Help keep Maasai girls in school by educating tomorrow's leaders today.

Why we care: Maasai girls remain severely marginalized by cultural traditions, such as female genital cutting and forced early marriage. These practices prevent girls from reaching their full potential, as they often drop out of school by age 12 to marry and have children.

How we are solving this: Providing Maasai girls with a safe place to live and learn, enabling them to pursue their dreams and goals, forever changing their life trajectory.

Kakenya Center for Excellence is the only primary boarding school for girls in Enoosaen, Kenya, with 155 students enrolled in grades 4 to 8. The school serves the area's most vulnerable and underprivileged girls and focuses on academic excellence, health education, female empowerment, leadership and community development. Through education, Kakenya Center for Excellence is providing girls with the tools they need to become agents of change and to break the destructive cycle of cultural practices, such as female genital cutting and forced early marriage.

Unlike the overcrowded neighboring schools, Kakenya Center for Excellence provides child-centered learning through small classes under the guidance of trained teachers. The classrooms and dormitory are in a secure environment, creating a safe haven for the girls to thrive, grow and pursue their dreams. Kakenya Center for Excellence provides all students the necessities needed to attend school—school fees, uniforms, school supplies, textbooks and three nutritious meals a day.

This project will help pay for 30 girls to attend the Kakenya Center for Excellence this year. Access to a quality education will help our students build the confidence they need to stand up for themselves. As a result, we believe they will marry later and have fewer children. Their children will be healthier and better educated than the previous generation. They will not circumcise their daughters. Educating girls is the single most effective way to reduce poverty, improve health and bring development to communities worldwide.

 


 

Kakenya Center for Excellence is a member of Girls Not Brides a global partnership of more than 250 non-governmental organizations committed to end child marriage.

www.girlsnotbrides.org @GirlsNotBrides

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Good luck with the project. Wishing you all the best!
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