An update on the Kakenya Center for Excellence Scholarship Program, from Dr Kakenya Ntaiya

The first 26 girls to enrol in the Kakenya Center for Excellence boarding school will finish secondary school in November this year. We have more than 100 other girls in our Network for Excellence program, which provides scholarship, mentorship, and counselling to our secondary school students. In April 2017, the Network for Excellence girls attended a successful camp session covering a wide variety of topics and providing them with continued social and academic support from KCE. Camp sessions were led by eight Kenyan university students, who have been mentoring our girls throughout their high school years. Tutors also helped the girls with holiday school assignments, especially in math, the sciences, and geography. In addition to planned sessions, the girls had a chance to play sports, learn from the mentors and each other, and spend time together. Over the course of the camp, the girls had a chance to reflect and reconnect with KCE and each other to remind them of the community they have here. Thanks to the support of all involved in The LBW Trust scholarship program, these girls are now empowered to achieve their full potential through receiving a college education. I know that they will change the world someday, and I thank you for being an essential part of that journey. My visit to Australia for International Women’s Day reminded me of the incredible possibilities that comes when people dream together. Thank you for believing in my dream and in the dreams of the girls. Together, we are changing lives and futures.

Kakenya's Dream students (clockwise from top left): Celestine Lepishoi, Linet Nenkoitoi, Sharon Tiyo, Gladys Ntoror (Images supplied by the Kakenya Center for Excellence)

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