Kakenya Ntaiya made a deal with her father: she would undergo the traditional Maasai rite of passage of female cutting if he would delay her marriage and let her go to high school.
In this TEDx Mid Atlantic Talk, Kakenya tells her story of continuing on to college, and of working with her village elders to build a school for girls in her community. It’s a fearless journey that not only changed Kakenya's destiny but that of 125 other young women.
Kakenya went on to found the Kakenya Center for Excellence, a member of Girls Not Brides.
Read her inspiring story here.
Do you think girls should be students, not brides? Donate to Kakenya's school for girls.
In the time it has taken to read this article 7 girls under the age of 18 have been married
Each year, 12 million girls are married before the age of 18
That is 23 girls every minute
Nearly 1 every 2 seconds