"When does the learning process begin? Does it begin in first grade? No, no, it begins the first time a child in a mother's arms looks up at the mother...That's when language begins. That's when love begins. That's when structure begins,"
When Kakenya Ntaiya was in the eighth grade, it was time for her to undergo female circumcision as per her community rituals. And then, she would have to become a wife. But she wanted to become a teacher. Watch how she worked out a compromise with her father.
"It seems in order to invest in our future, we actually have to invest in the present and help those people who want to become parents...Babies have always represented humanity's best, boldest, most beautiful infinite possibilities."
The mother was three months pregnant with twins when the doctor informed her that one of them, Thomas, had a fatal birth defect called anencephaly, that is, his brain was not formed correctly as a part of his skull was missing.
The mothers -- almost half of them were now widows of war, or didn't even know if their husbands were dead or alive -- described how they felt they were coping so badly. They watched their children change and they had no idea how to help them. They didn't know how to answer their children's questions."