DB 011: Dr. Kakenya Ntaiya On Living Her Dream & 7-Day Gratitude Challenge

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In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome Dr. Kakenya Ntaiya, who refused to accept the oppression of women in her hometown village in Kenya and has already accomplished one of her “big dreams”  —  building a school that provides access to education for girls in her village.  With such an inspirational story, it is no surprise that her Ted Talk “A Girl Who Demanded School” has been viewed over 2.5 million times.   She’s received numerous awards and recogitions, including being named a Top Ten CNN Hero and the Global Women’s Right Award from the Feminist Majority Foundation.


  • What life is like for a young girl in Kenya.
  • What education is like for kids in her village in Kenya.
  • What her big dream was as a child.
  • What it felt like when she finally moved to the US and how she adjusted to her new environment.
  • Why she started the Kakenya Center for Excellence and the curriculum that is being taught there.
  • What her big dreams are for the future.
  • How she has been able to remain a positive person despite living through very difficult circumstances.
  • What it truly means to be a leader, and how we can inspire more young people to be leaders.


Kakenya’s inspirational story reminds us that there are still places in the world where boys and girls do not have equal access to education.    We often take basic rights like this for granted, and thought this week’s challenge should revolve around gratitude.   For an entire week, we challenge you to articulate at least one thing you are grateful for. We did this exercise during family dinner for an entire week and it was a very rewarding experience.  We even created a fun challenge sheet that you can use to keep track of your progress.  The sheet can be customized with your face and name, and it is 100% free to download.   Click here to claim you free download.

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