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COURTESY OF MARLENE JOHNSON

NAFSA Executive Director and CEO Marlene Johnson speaks with
students at the Kakenya Center for Excellence in Enoosaen, Kenya.

Visiting
Kakenya's School
IE: What inspired you to pursue your higher

education in the United States?
NTAIYA: The opportunity to study in the United States

came when I met Dr. Ole Ronkei, a man from our village,
who was then studying at the University of Oregon. He had
supported a few other men from our community to study
abroad. I asked him if he could also help me go to the United
States like the young men he had helped. He agreed, but the
challenge for him to support me was the fact that I had an
arranged husband waiting to marry me. I remember telling
him not to worry about the husband and that I would handle
that situation if he would just show me how to go to the
United States. I applied to the Randolph-Macon Woman's
College where I was accepted and given a scholarship.

COURTESY OF KAKENYA NTAIYA

IE: Why did you decide to return home to your

village to start your school for girls?
NTAIYA: I was the first woman from my community to
go to college and get an education. I was fortunate, as I
avoided getting married at an early age, but many girls in
my community undergo the ritual of female genital cutting and thereafter are forced to marry at an early age.
Their dreams end when they get married. From my education in the United States, I learned about child rights, and I

BY MARLENE JOHNSON

FOR THE PAST FEW YEARS, I have served
on the U.S. board of Kakenya's Center for
Excellence (KCE), helping raise financial
support and providing Kakenya with guidance as she implements her vision to
educate the girls of Enoosaen. Visiting the
school has been on my "bucket list" so
getting on the airplane to Nairobi was an
exciting adventure.
The seven-and-a-half-hour drive from Nairobi to
Enoosaen proved to be an exciting and perfect orientation to visiting the school. The drive through the Rift
Valley-lush mountains, hectares of corn, potatoes,
kale, onions, and other vegetables and fruits of all
kinds, cattle, goats, and sheep grazing along the roads
and on the hillsides, children and adults walking for kilometers to tend the animals, carry produce to market,
attend school, or jobs-provided a view of the daily
lives of the people in this region. The road from Nairobi
to Kilgoris is paved; it's a six-and-a-half-hour drive.
Continue reading this story on page 21.
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All Smiles
In Brief
Voices: Kakenya Ntaiya: Founder of the Kakenya Center for Excellence
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