For much of the world, the November, December, and January months signify a time of celebration, quality time, and meaningful gift giving. In Kenya, holiday celebrations do not differ much from the United States. Right now, Daraja students are on break from classes and are home with their families. They are celebrating holidays, spending time with their loved ones and communities, performing community service, and preparing for the new school […]
There’s a little thing we call “Daraja Fever,” that visitors and volunteers often catch and spread during and after visiting campus. Symptoms include sore cheeks from smiling, a full heart of love, and a plaguing desire to return once you’ve left. Experiencing campus and meeting the Daraja girls isn’t something that everyone is able to do, so we’d like to illustrate it for you, as best we can with the […]
In August of this year, Daraja celebrated our first graduating class of girls. After four years of secondary school classes and a five-month Transition Program, Lillian walked across the stage on Daraja’s campus and received Daraja’s equivalent of a diploma- a certificate of program completion- as well as her official “leaving documents,” standard for graduated secondary school students across Kenya.
Now, months later, Lillian has gotten a job, started working, and […]
At the end of each term, Daraja students ritualistically sit down for one of their favorite activities and traditions on campus- writing sponsor letters. Because sponsors are truly the lifeblood of Daraja and the enablers for Daraja’s programs, the girls get excited to share their lives and stories with their sponsors time and time again.
Being a sponsor can be an immensely rewarding experience for people of any walk of life. […]
At the end of each term, Daraja girls venture to their home communities for a short break for two weeks to over a month, depending on the time of year. Comparable to summer breaks and winter holidays in the United States, the girls always look forward to seeing their families and friends during their time away from class.
Part of Daraja’s educational model includes community service, which is how students compensate […]
Thanks to a dedicated staff, life on campus runs smoothly each day. With sometimes over 200 mouths to feed, a farm to tend to, and the security of the campus to ensure, Daraja employs a large local staff in order to keep things up and running. Many of these staff members have been working on campus since the “pre-Daraja” days, where the campus was home to the Baraka School, a […]
When end of term exams ended on Thursday, November 14th, first, second, and third year students left campus for school break before the new 2014 school year begins in January. That is, except for three soon-to-be fourth year students, Moreen Kajuju, Mary S, and Mesret, who stayed behind to participate in a Youth Forum for a few days.
The Youth Forum was presented by Action Aid Denmark, an organization that shares […]
When she arrived at Daraja Academy four years ago, Joyce was quiet and nervous, but undoubtedly determined for a better future. Although she grew up in an environment with little encouragement and no positive role models, Joyce was determined to continue her education past primary school.
During her first and second years at Daraja, Joyce was a very quiet student. She studied hard but often kept to herself and rarely felt […]
Since Daraja’s first graduation ceremony in August, our graduates have dispersed themselves throughout the country, each with a separate journey. Some graduates have been volunteering before their January report date for University attendance, some have already started their University classes or are starting in January, some have been teaching, some have found jobs with banks and stores, and some have been joining trade schools.
Because, at Daraja, we always say “see […]
After four weeks of grueling test taking, our Daraja’s Class of 2013 finished their K.C.S.E. testing last Friday! At 10:30 AM, the final testing bell rang and students emerged from their classroom with radiant smiles, sighs of relief, and jumps for joy. They each turned in their finals papers to the test administrators, who shared a few words with the girls before departing from campus.
The main administrator, shared how impressed […]