Peyian, 17, is one of our three KCE students who received scholarships to attend universities in Australia.
Peyian is the fifth born in a family of 15 children. She was at high risk of undergoing female genital mutilation (FGM) and early marriage. Her family struggled to support her education.
In 2009, she was selected to join the pioneer class of fourth graders at the Kakenya Center for Excellence (KCE I). KCE I provides high-quality education, a safe place to live, freedom from FGM and child marriage, and healthcare to all its students.
Prior to attending KCE, Peyian says she understood very little English and lacked the confidence she needed to express herself. “I did not know how to speak well in English, and therefore I would shy away whenever I was required to speak or write in English. At the local school I attended, students spoke and were taught in Maasai, my mother tongue.”
She continues, “All this changed when I joined KCE where I received extra tuition not only in English but other subjects as well that resulted to great improvement in my performance. Now, I am an all-rounded empowered girl that is confident and capable to write and express myself very well.”
Peyian is now attending Sydney University, where she is studying for a bachelor of arts and science degree.
Peyian packs for the trip to Australia.
Peyian hugs her mom before she says goodbye.
Peyian says goodbye to other members of her family.