Convinced that educating and empowering girls would be the best way to fulfill my promise to serve my community, I founded Kakenya’s Dream
in 2008. I began the process with conversations. I talked with elders, parents, and community members, explaining my vision and listening to their feedback and concerns because I wanted the community’s support. I opened my first school in 2009 without any buildings. I didn’t care if the girls had to spend their first year learning outdoors in the shade of trees rather than in classrooms. I couldn’t wait any longer to begin.
Today, Kakenya’s Dream reaches thousands of girls in and around my community each year through three holistic programs. My name, Kakenya, means “dawn” in the Maasai language, and I believe it foreshadowed my destiny. In my work, I seek to bring a new day for girls in rural Kenya. I believe that every girl, no matter where she is born, deserves a chance to dream, learn, and achieve her full potential.