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
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
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
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
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.
Name: Gloria Diamond Age: 22 Hometown: Shudy Camps, England Volunteer period: January 10 - January 25 "The greatest lesson I have learned is that the power of education is limited if it is decided that only certain individuals should possess it. Share it, encourage it, distribute it equally, then watch its power grow."
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
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
Today marks the fifth anniversary of a fantastic tradition: a day of giving back to our communities and the world. Last year, our incredible supporters raised $40,000 to educate Kenyan girls living in material poverty. This year, we’re aiming to beat last year’s goal and raise $60,000! We’re also excited to announce that today, the
We asked the Daraja girls to complete statement about what their education has taught them about their capabilities, their rights, their abilities to initiate change, and what being an ‘Agent of Change’ means to them. The following answers are from seven Form 4 senior students: My education has taught me that I can… “Change the
Daraja Academy is proud to be one of many schools in Kenya who are working towards seeing every girl educated from primary school through university. But with the recent influx of Kenyan girls’ schools, what makes Daraja Academy unique? Here’s how the Daraja method stands out: 1. Meeting material needs first We believe the boarding
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