Lauren Shepherd is a special person within the Thread Science family, and is personally sponsoring a cause very near and dear to her heart. While in college, Lauren met a fellow classmate named Kakenya with a dream and passion for helping girls from her native country.
Over the last decade, Kakenya‘s Dream has grown from supporting a single class, taught in the shade of a tree, to a robust organization with three interconnected, holistic, and girl-centered programs: The Center for Excellence boarding schools, the Network for Excellence, and the Health and Leadership Trainings.
Our Centers for Excellence are all-girls boarding schools, offering our students not only a high-quality education but also a safe, nurturing home, healthcare, and freedom from harmful practices such as child marriage and FGM. After graduating from a Center for Excellence, our students continue to receive support from Kakenya‘s Dream, such as scholarship support, a safe place to spend their holidays, and continued education and mentorship outside of the classroom through the Network for Excellence. The Health & Leadership Trainings program amplifies our reach in the wider community; at weekend and week long camps, girls and boys from other local schools learn life and job skills, including self-defense and public speaking, and receive vital health, rights, and sexual education.
Together, we are changing the lives of girls and bringing new hope to rural communities.