About Dr Kakenya Ntaiya
Dr Kakenya Ntaiya runs an international foundation based on her ground-breaking school in Kenya. She has a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh, and a vision to inspire girls to dream big. This is far from the future her parents had mapped out for her. As a Maasai village girl, she was engaged to be married when she was 5 and would have ended her schooling at age 12, if not for an extraordinary bargain she made with her father. She would undergo the tribal ritual of circumcision if he would allow her to finish school. Dr Kakenya Ntaiya did not know then what female genital mutilation was, nor how lucky she would be to survive it. Now, she has set up a school where parents must agree that their girls will not undergo FGM, and will not be married before they finish school. The Kakenya Center for Excellence has so far transformed the lives of more than 230 young women in Kenya through education.