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DSC07648-2There are times where the achievement of others in the face of their obstacles removes any excuses you’ve made for yourself. There’s time where you learn the role and plight of the modern day heroes through their triumph. Kakenya Ntaiya a Maasai woman raised in small village in Western Kenya is a nominee for CNN’s 2013 Hero. When I heard her story I connected and reveled in what she was able to accomplish.

Kakenya was engaged at 5, as the daughter of a hardworking mother she was a prized possession to be claimed early. At 14, in the hands of an elderly woman with a rusty knife, in a cow pen surrounded by family and community members Kakenya’s most intimate part was cut. At 14 she negotiated that in exchange for undergoing the painful female circumcision she must be allowed to continue her education. At 32 she received her Doctorate in Education from the University or Pittsburg. At 34 the school she founded the Kakenya Center for Excellence has 150 pupils in grades four through eight, all girls, all dedicated to changing the tradition of female genital mutilation.

Kakenya changed the course of her life at 14. Her dreams were unfounded. There are people who are just innately go-getters and to those people I say you have a responsibility that cannot be stifled by an absence of history of achievement; achievement is infectious and emboldening to those who need a hint of a path to follow. Innate go getters dig deeper in your soul pocket and connect with your purpose your communities success is dependent on it.

There are just times when you’re impressed. Kakenya’s story is one of the powers of education, will and the necessity to take the uncomfortable route of an unfamiliar path to achieve your dreams. Kakenya disproved the idea of impossibility.

Find out more about the Kakenya Center for Excellence.

Consider voting for Kakenya Ntaiya to be CNN’s 2013 hero.

Live HOPE. Give HOPE.

Teneasha Pierson
Markerting Director
The H.O.P.E. Scholarship