Who We Are
Daraja Academy is a boarding secondary school for Kenyan girls with top academic scores and exceptional leadership skills but no means to continue their education. The academy provides shelter, food, healthcare and counseling services which allows students to focus on their academic and personal potential, without being hindered by the everyday barriers of poverty.
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Orchard House School’s “Dash for Daraja” had over 70 participants running a sister event to Daraja’s annual Bay to Breakers run this May – and their team raised over $3,500!
Participating in their own race “has opened the girls’ minds considerably and changed their perspectives about education and young women across the globe.”
Orchard House School is a “research based learning community whose mission is to inspire and to educate middle school girls.” Daraja Academy partnered with Orchard House School through NCGS (National Coalition of Girls’ Schools), a leading advocate for girls’ education, and formed a strong partnership.
Meet Rose, Form I
Upon arrival at Daraja Academy, Rose seemed timid and nervous. Coming from Makueni County, she left a life at home where she cooked and washed clothing daily, and walked 6 kilometers for water for her family. Arriving at Daraja was a new start for Rose where she wouldn’t have to worry about food, school fees, or supplies. All she had to focus on was her education and her development into a …
Watch the award-winning short documentary film “Girls of Daraja,” by Emmy-winning filmmaker Barbara Rick & Out of The Blue Films, Inc.
It all started last Fall, when founders Jenni and Jason Doherty came to speak at Marin Academy and my son Jono and wife Joanne came home talking about a school in Kenya and how Jono was thinking he might travel to Africa this summer. My first thought was, ‘East Africa? No way.’ Then I too met the Dohertys and learned more about this incredible program.…