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
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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
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
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
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
In addition to participating in events like Bay to Breakers, visiting campus, and staying up to date with Daraja on our Facebook and Twitter, supporters have a unique opportunity to sponsor a student on Daraja’s campus. This sponsor-student relationship is incredibly special, since the students really treasure their sponsor’s contribution to their education. Students communicate
Many visitors to campus have experienced what it is like to be a student on a typical day at Daraja. Students wake up early in the morning before the sun rises for study hall and attend classes until late afternoon. After classes, girls participate in the afternoon activity for the day which can include clubs,
This past Wednesday, students gathered on campus to host a guest on campus: Simon Kinyanjui. Kinyanjui is a teacher and career counselor at a high school in nearby Nanyuki, and came to Daraja to talk to students about career planning. With end of term exams starting the following day, girls were excited to take a
Each Monday morning on Daraja’s campus, students and staff gather near the flag to hold assembly or “flag.” The assembly is a time where staff and prefects have the opportunity to update the student body about events coming up in the week ahead. In addition, one class each week performs a song and update the
When the KCSE testing began, Daraja’s fourth year students felt excited, anxious, and undoubtedly nervous. At 8:00 in the morning on Tuesday, October 22, first, second, and third year students hugged their big sisters and watched as they lined up to enter their exam rooms. Nine weekdays and fourteen exams later, the fourth year students
The following essay was written by our friend, Barbara Rick, about Daraja's very first Graduation Day this past August. The essay was originally published in issue No. 8 for Works and Days Quarterly, an online journal of arts, letters, and craft. Visit their webpage to read the full Autumn issue and see the original version of
On the morning of their first exam day for the K.C.S.E. testing, fourth year Daraja students listened intently as a letter from “Mom and Dad,” or co-founders Jason and Jenni, was read to them. This year is the second year that Daraja Academy has had girls taking the K.C.S.E. and clear traditions are beginning to