Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Inspirational Women #7 Kakenya Ntaiya

I have started an Inspirational Women series on this blog and on Pintrest because women are great and sometimes we forget that and try to act like men, which we suck at.

Kakenya Ntaiya was born in Kenya and in 1993 she endured Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).  However unlike many girls in her situation she negotiated with her father that if she allowed herself to be circumcised he would allow her to finish high school.  She achieved excellent high school grades and gained a scholarship to an American university..  The local villagers rallied round and helped to raise the money for her air fare and in return Kakenya promised to return and help the village.

“I lived in a hut made of grass and mud that we shared with goats and sheep. But I had dreams. I kept pictures of beautiful green places with nice homes and somehow knew there was a different life out there."

Over the next decade Kakenya earned her degree, a job with United Nations and a doctorate in education, however she was determined to keep the promise she had made.  In 2009 she opened the Kakenya Center for Excellence A primary school for girls from grade 4-8.  The girls live at the school so that they are spared the long walk to and from, and the dangers that can put them in.  Even though it is only 4 years old the school already ranks among the top in it's district.  The main rule of the school is that parent of the students must agree to never circumcise thier daughters. or subject the to early marriage.

"Our work is about empowering the girls.  They are dreaming of becoming lawyers, teachers and doctors"


SOURCES:
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/03/14/world/africa/cnnheroes-ntaiya-girls-school/index.html
http://www.kakenyasdream.org/

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Happiness Project - November




So, last months resolutions didn't go very well.  I could give you a bunch of excuses, but why bother.

This month:

Laugh out loud
Use good manners
Give a positive review
Find an area of refuge

I have continuing buying needful things, I now buy a new underwear set every month that actually fits not just is cheap.  G is happy with this resolution!

I have also just moved house (hence, not getting far with october's resolutions) and have been trying to not expect praise from G about all the unpacking have been doing.