DKI Board Members
Meet the Team
Victoria is a graduate of Moi University with a Bachelors degree in Education and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Business Administration from Kenyatta University. At Daraja, Victoria serves at the school Principal but also teaches Business studies and WISH (Women of Integrity, Strength, and Hope) class. Victoria loves working at Daraja because it has enabled her to be an agent of girls’ empowerment. With each student in admiration of Victoria, she finds inspiration in each day teaching and working with Daraja students.
Mercy GichohiDean of Academics
Before joining the Daraja faculty, Mercy graduated from Mombasa Polytechnic University College. She pursued teaching with the intention of changing the destinies of many generations and she sees each day as an adventure where she gets to interact with young girls who aspire to impact others. At Daraja, Mercy teaches Biology and Chemistry and has authored a Division book in Biology to prepare students in Kenya for the National Examinations. Mercy also served as the class teacher for the Class of 2014.
Hellen M. NgunjiriBusiness Manager
Hellen received her Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from Barkatullah University in India. She is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Diploma in Personal Management. Hellen joined Daraja in March 2014 after working for a financial management consulting firm for many years. She is happy to be a part of the beautiful vision that is Daraja, where the school is a bridge to help the girls reach their dreams and support them to be women with visions.
Carol Wanjiku MwangiTransition Program Manager
Until 2012, Carol taught English and Literature at Daraja before becoming the Transition Program Manager. Carol holds a certification in Education and is pursuing a Bachelors Degree at Kenyatta University in Nairobi. Carol says that Daraja Academy is her home by extension; it has given her a platform for growth and holds a special place in her heart. The positive attitude that Daraja students have about changing themselves and their communities adds joy to Carol’s life and profession. She loves teaching because she has a great passion for it.
Sarah MuthoniAdministrative Assistant
Sarah was born and raised in Nyeri, Central Kenya, where she attended both primary and secondary school. After attending Othaya Girls High School, she obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 2011 from Kenyatta University. At Kenyatta, Sarah focused on subjects in Finance. She joined the Daraja family in September 2012 and works as the Administrative Assistant. Sarah has learned a lot since she joined Daraja and says the Daraja girls are a source of inspiration for her.
Stephen StemsProgram Development Officer
Stephen is pro-development and women’s empowerment, with a great emphasis on quality education. His background is on International Development and economics. His is passionate about promoting cross-cultural sharing as a means of sustainable development, specifically through volunteerism. He believes girls’ empowerment will not only change regional communities, but also transform the world.
Samuel WainainaChemistry & Mathematics
Samuel joined Daraja in January 2014 as a Chemistry and Mathematics teacher. He holds a Bachelors of Science with an emphasis in Chemistry and Math from University of Nairobi as well as a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education. Samuel enjoys working at Daraja because he has an active role in creating better tomorrow for the young ladies. Mr. Wainaina served as the class teacher for the Class of 2015.
Denis MurimiNetwork Administrator & Computer Studies Teacher
Denis is from Kanja, Embu County. He graduated from Dedan Kimathi University of Technology with a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology. Joined the vibrant Daraja family in early 2015 as an IT specialist and computer studies teacher. He loves Daraja because the program transforms young girls’ talents into skill sets for future leaders.
Caroline Wachuka MurayaMathematics and Agriculture
Teacher Carol comes to us from Muranga County in the highlands of the Aberdares Mountain Range. She earned a Bachelors of Arts in Education where she concentrated on Mathematics and Geography from Moi University. She joined the Daraja teaching team in January 2013 after developing a deep love for teaching in other schools. Carol loves Daraja because assisting the eager students always gives her great satisfaction. In addition to teaching during the school day, Carol serves as the class teacher for the Class of 2015, and oversees Daraja’s sports program.
Christopher LettingHead of Security
Chris has worked on campus since the pre-Daraja days and now serves as our head security. When he is not at the gate, Chris can be found reading novels, or coaching Daraja’s football (soccer) and volleyball teams. Chris thinks that girls’ education is extremely important and loves working with such happy people.
Joseph MainaHead of Farm
Maina is the head of the shamba (farm) on Daraja’s campus. From Naibor, the nearest settlement to Daraja, Maina joined the Daraja staff in March 2012. He is incredibly talented in and excited about farming and loves spending his time outside. When asked what his favorite part about Daraja is, Maina responded with two alliterative words without any hesitation: farming and family.