Thirteen-year-old Jacinta Adung gladly walks four miles under the scorching Turkana sun to attend school each day. To her, it is a small sacrifice for receiving a quality education and opportunities beyond her remote, Kenyan village. Yet her family initially viewed the cost as far too great.
In accordance with Turkana culture, Jacinta was already promised in marriage to a local man. In exchange, Jacinta’s family would receive a substantial bride-price from the groom’s family, paid in livestock (cows, goats, camels, and donkeys). These assets are highly valuable to them in building and maintaining wealth. The loss of this wealth, coupled with the family’s lack of understanding about the inherent value of education, kept Jacinta from going to school.