Tuesday, September 20, 2011

2004 Alumna Speaks Out on Gender Equity on The Diane Rehm Show

Alumna Kakenya Ntaiya '04 is once again speaking out for gender equity. President and founder of The Kakenya Center for Excellence, Ntaiya was a featured guest on NPR's The Diane Rehm Show Tuesday, September 20.


Ntaiya has made it her life's mission to help young girls in Africa receive education, self-realization, and leadership skills. As a young girl, Ntaiya was determined to follow her own path. She negotiated with her village elders to do what no girl had ever done before: leave her village in south Kenya to go to college in the United States. She promised to use her education to benefit Enoosaen.

Since her graduation in 2004, she has done just that.

The Kakenya Center for Excellence is a primary boarding school focused on serving the most vulnerable underprivileged Maasai girls. The first primary girls’ school in the region, the academy focuses on academic excellence, female empowerment, leadership, and community development. Located in Keyian division of the Trans Mara district of Kenya, the Center opened in May 2009 with 32 students. The Center enrolled an additional 31 students in January 2010 in fourth grade. The goal is eventually to enroll 150 students in grades four to eight.

For more information, see http://www.kakenyasdream.org/