US author and founder of the Unstoppable Foundation, Cynthia Kersey was inspired by Canadian pop star Nelly Furtado to build a school in Kenya.
In 2011, groundbreaking author and, went on an inspiring journey to Kenya. Cynthia was visiting to see the progress of the schools that Unstoppable Foundation played a role in funding in rural Maasai Mara region of Kenya, including an all-girls boarding secondary school, named Kisaruni, or “Land of Peace”. With a mission to empower youth through education, the Unstoppable Foundation has already made tremendous investments in primary level education through its international charitable partner, Free The Children.
Cynthia witnessed the transformative impact that Kisaruni is having on the surrounding areas where families are living in what the UN refers to as “absolute poverty,” meaning that people live on less than 1 dollar a day. She also saw firsthand the palpable hope that emanates so strongly from each and every girl, knowing that this advanced education will provide a real future for them and sustainable change in their communities.
Inspired by the impact that primary education is creating for a generation of young women in Kenya and the success of Kisaruni All Girls Secondary School, Cynthia is committing to an even bigger challenge this year. She is responding to a call to action issued in the fall of 2011 by Nelly Furtado, who has pledged her support for a second all girls boarding secondary school in the Maasai Mara region to enable more girls to become empowered and uplifted.