Leyian's father is a traditional Maasai man in Kenya with four wives and 24 children. When Leyian finished 8th grade her father was ready to find her husband. He said, "Educated girls don't do their chores or help their families."
Her father was impressed when Leyian always helped the family through high school and the university - and then he decided to send all of his children (boys and girls) to school.
BEADS donations provided school fees for Leyian.