Daraja and the Rise of Girls’ Education in Kenya: A Timeline

Daraja Academy was inspired and founded in the same era that the Kenyan government committed to advancing the country’s educational system and opportunities. Here is how Daraja Academy has advanced alongside Kenya’s educational system over the years: 2003: Kenyan government starts providing free primary education for all.   2006: Jenni and Jason Doherty visit Kenya

How girls’ education fights poverty

What is the ‘cycle of poverty’? The ‘cycle of poverty’ can be defined as the conditions of underdevelopment – including poor nutrition and access to clean water, healthcare, and jobs – that stubbornly persist for generations and prohibit children from escaping the same material destitution of their parents. This ‘cycle’ recognizes that the system is

Could you survive the KCSE exams?

Before the sun had even risen last Monday, Principal Victoria made her first trek off campus to collect the KCSE (Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education) exam papers from our District Educational Officer. She’ll continue to make this journey every weekday for the rest of the month as the Daraja girls undertake the most important exams

Graduation 2016!

On August 5th, 32 girls graduated from Daraja Academy. We could not be more proud of them and want to share with you their graduation experience. The night before graduation, the graduates shared final words with their fellow sisters. There were tears shed as they gave their final words of advice and appreciation to Daraja

Volunteer Judy Berger Visits Campus!

We are so grateful for Judy Berger’s visit to campus. Read below to hear about her experience: “I had the distinct pleasure of spending 2.5 weeks volunteering at Daraja in March 2016.  It was a unique challenge and memorable experience that I will treasure forever.  Combining my various skills and interests, my service fell

Race for Daraja 2016!

Stephen Stems, Program Development Coordinator, shares few words about Race for Daraja in Kenya! "The Race for Daraja on the school campus in Kenya can be described as fun, interactive and motivating. It was amazing to see young people running together to promote girls’ education and empowerment. Daraja girls were joined by their peers

Mobile Technology Development Program Expands at Daraja

They came bearing gifts 3 years ago, Chris Garcia took his first steps on Kenyan soil with a group of teachers and students from University of San Diego with a huge surprise for Daraja’s teachers and Form 1 class—iPods for every teacher and iPads for every freshman girl. Next week, Chris is returning to Kenya

Every Drop Counts: Transition Students Host Anti-Pollution Campaign

Daraja Transition Students Win 53,000 Kenya Shillings for Anti-Pollution Campaign In conjunction with Laikipia Wildlife Forum in Nanyuki, Daraja Academy Transition students created an anti-pollution river campaign grant proposal. Students assessed community needs and compiled research about where river pollution and water shortage was a major problem in communities surrounding Daraja’s campus. In the transition

Thank You Woodside Priory!

For the last three weeks, Form 4 & Student Body President, Alice Naini, and Form 2, Abdia Osman, have been studying at Woodside Priory School in Portola Valley. The relationship between Daraja and Priory began back in 2008, when Priory held the very first Daraja fundraiser. We would like to share with you a press

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