Our Deepest Fear

By Chelsea Kincheloe Here at Daraja, the girls love to perform! Here, Edith Achieng (Form 4) performs Our Deepest Fear by Marianne Williamson. This same poem is painted on the walls of the Daraja campus, and can be recited by almost every single Daraja girl. I saw Edith perform this poem at

She wants to be a WISH

One of the things that makes Daraja Academy unique is the WISH (Women of Integrity, Strength, and Hope) curriculum. This is a series of classes devoted to improving the girls’ self-esteem, self-reliance, and leadership skills. The Daraja girls take the classes for all four years of secondary school. Campus volunteer Gloria Diamond recounts her

Be a better Valentine: Buy her a desk!

Every day on campus, a Daraja girl hits her desk at 6AM. Aside from meals, sports, and the occasional club meeting, she stays anchored to that desk until 10PM - and that’s only because we close the classrooms down! The Daraja girls are putting everything they have into their studies, but our rapidly deteriorating

A Day in the Life of a Daraja Girl

Daraja girls are busy! From sunrise to sundown, their days are filled with classes, studying, and activities. As out amazing volunteer Gloria Diamond takes you through what a typical day looks like, ask yourself: do you have what it takes to be a Daraja girl? 6:00-6:45- Sport (Tuesdays/Thursdays) It’s tough - I’ve done it - but SO worth it

Getting to Know Daraja’s Neighbors

Daraja is all about community. Daraja girls undertake 30 hours of community service a year, and are leading examples of girls who have become empowered through education. Volunteering at Daraja will introduce you to a network of non-profits serving the local community. Here are four of our favorites: (A look into the Daraja neighborhood) 1.

Daraja River Drained by Drought

Just as the sun was preparing to sink on Sunday evening, the Daraja girls gathered around the rapidly drying Daraja River. They gestured to the point in the narrow gorge where the water’s surface sits in rainier times; if the girls had stood in the same positions, they all would have been fully submerged with

The California Team is on Campus!

Hello from the Daraja Campus in Laikipia County, Kenya! The Daraja Education Fund (DEF) team - including our Executive Director, John McCue, and Communications Coordinator, Janelle Lamb - arrived on campus last week to join the 3rd member of our team and founder of Daraja Academy, Jenni Doherty. (No, we don’t hire solely on first

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