KENYA: Kenyan Student Honoured in the US

A Kenyan student has won an International Award for her voluntary community involvement.

Teresa Cheptoo, a Kenyan student at Loreto Girls’ High School, was recognised by The World of Children Awards, a US non-profit organisation, for her work with local teenagers who risk dropping out of school because of traditional practices such as female circumcision.

In a ceremony held at the Unicef House in New York on Thursday, attended by among others, Dr Harry Lebowitz, Founder and President of World of Children and the Kenyan Ambassador to the US, Mr Oginga Ogego, Ms Cheptoo was presented with a cheque of $15,000.

Cheptoo thanked the World of Children Awards for recognising her work, saying that it would motivate her and others.

She said that she felt proud to create awareness around the negative aspects of female circumcision among the Pokot. Ogego thanked the organisers saying the award was a great honour for Kenya.

Mr Ogego said that the Kenya Government has created space for gender equity where girls, like Cheptoo, challenge some of the archaic traditions that hindered the advancement of the girl-child.

The World of Christian Awards annually recognises and rewards those extraordinary individuals who are selflessly serving children.

SOURCE: The Standard

AUTHOR: Chris Wamalwa

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DATE: 12/11/2007

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