June 30, 2015
5:30 PM - 7:15 PM
Educating girls in Africa with Dr. Kakenya Ntaiya
Join WorldDenver for an evening with Dr. Kakenya Ntaiya. Life for Kakenya was supposed to follow the traditional path. Engaged at age 5, she was to undergo FGM (female genital mutilation) by the time she was a teenager, an event that would mark the end of her education and the beginning of her preparations for marriage. But Kakenya had a different plan. First, she negotiated with her father: she would be circumcised only if she could also finish high school. He agreed. Then she negotiated with the village elders to do what no girl had ever done: leave her Maasai village of Enoosaen in south Kenya to go to college in the United States.The entire village collected money to pay for her journey and she went on to receive her Doctorate in Education in 2011. Kakenya is now fulfilling her promise to her community as the founder and president of Kakenya Center for Excellence, a girls’ primary boarding school in Enoosaen, Kenya that currently has 170 students in grades four through eight.
$20 for WorldDenver Members, $35 for Non-Members, $15 Young Professionals
Event held at the Hilton Garden Inn – Downtown, 1400 Welton St, Denver, CO 80202
Please register here