Luna Liu

Luna Liu (Vital Voices in Kenya): Luna obtained her BA from School of Law, Tsinghua University in Beijing. She continued her legal studies at the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, where she also interned in the Xinhua News Agency, the Phoenix TV Station, and the Omnicom International PR Company. During college, she volunteered for an international education program in Turkey and worked as an art dealer in 798 Modern Art Center in Beijing. At the time of her fellowship, Luna was studying for a Masters degree at the University of Maryland specializing in International Development. She also interns as a Research Assistant at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Profile:Kakenya Ntaiya–Education and Kenya’s Future

16 Sep

After receiving her undergraduate degree of International Relations in Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg ,VA, Kakenya worked in the United Nations for a year and then decided to go back to school for her PH.D study of International Education in University of Pittsburg.Why? She never forgot her promise to her homeland and she has strong desire of making changes down to earth, which could not be fulfilled in the UN bureaucratic system.

Kakenya in her mothers farm

After I shot the pictures for students and their parents in Kakenya Center for Excellence, four students were upset because their parents did not come to the parents meeting. Kakenya said to them: Take a picture with me! I am your parent!

Kakenya Center for Excellence. This idea pushed change happening one after another. Groundbreaking, in August 2008. Student selection, in February 2009. Students starting school, in May 2009. Obtaining sponsorship from the Member of Parliament on school dormitory building, school land registration, purchasing material to finish classroom construction with the local county councilor, requiring more teachers from the Department of Education, assigning school uniforms and textbooks, holding parents meetings and institutionalizing school board–all happened during this August. To see details of the changes in Kakenya Center for Excellence during this summer, Vital Voices–Kakenya Center for Excellence (Photo by Luna Liu, with The Advocacy Project) and Blogs of Luna Liu and Kate Cummings.

On the first day when Kakenya came back to her school, all the students ran out to give her hugs.

Kakenya and her lovely smart students in Kakeny Center for Excellence before she left her village.

What does Kakenya want to do next? “Join the World Bank, then lead the Department of Education in Kenya, and in twenty years, I may become Kenyan President.” Said Kakenya, hugging her two-year-old son, sitting in front of her mother’s hut surrounded by green hills in Enoosaen.

Yes, I believe she can.


Posted By Luna Liu

Posted Sep 16th, 2009

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