Why Girls?
Victoria Gichuhi
Victoria GichuhiPrincipal
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.
Charles Mbuto
Charles MbutoDean of Academics
Charles attended the University of Nairobi where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology. At Daraja, Charles started out as a teacher of Biology and Chemistry, and now serves on the Administrative team as the Dean of Academics. Because of the fulfillment he gains from teaching, Charles still teaches Biology, Physics, and Geography to the first and second year classes. Currently, Charles is taking classes with Mount Kenya University to earn a post-graduate certificate in Education. He loves Daraja because it is a school where the students, staff, and teachers each have a voice.
Hellen M. Ngunjiri
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 Mwangi
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 Muthoni
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 Stems
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 Wainaina
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.
Mercy Gichohi
Mercy GichohiHead of Mathematics & Science Departments; Biology
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.
Gladys Kaari Joesph
Gladys Kaari JoesphMathematics, Chemistry, and Business
Gladys holds a Bachelors of Education Science with an emphasis in Mathematics and Chemistry from Maseno University. She joined Daraja in January 2014 as Mathematics, Chemistry, and Business teacher. She also is the class teacher for the Class of 2017 and teaches WISH (Women of Integrity, Strength, and Hope) class. Daraja is Gladys’s dream place of work. She loves Daraja because of the love the girls have for education and the wonderful environment for learning.
Denis Murimi
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.
James Maina
James MainaPhysics and Mathematics
At Kenyatta University, James earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Mathematics. Though he was not initially trained as a teacher, he searched for a teaching job after graduation in order to learn if he would enjoy the profession. After discovering his love for teaching, James earned a post-graduate degree in Education at Mount Kenya University. James especially loves working at Daraja because it has enabled him to challenge himself and provide what is best for his learners.
Conso Mwavishi
Conso MwavishiDorm Matron
Conso, known as “Mama” among many of the students, has lived on campus since pre-Daraja days when the campus was home to the Baraka School. In November 2012, Conso’s role on campus shifted from cook to Dorm Matron. As the Dorm Matron, Conso ensures sure that the needs of the girls are met, and they know to approach her with any issues they may encounter.
Christopher LettingHead of Security
Like Conso, 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.
Teresa Muraya
Teresa MurayaDaraja Store
As the manager of the recently opened Daraja Vision Store, Teresa hails from nearby Nanyuki. She holds a certificate from Partners Computer College and Eagle College of Accounting and has a KAIC I accounting certification. Teresa loves working at Daraja because people live and work as one family.
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.

The farm staff also includes John, Joseph, Nicholas, and Stanley.

Jenni Doherty
Jenni DohertyDirector
Jenni founded Daraja Academy with her husband, Jason, in 2009. Along with their toddler, Thomas, the family has alternated between living in the Bay Area and on the Daraja campus in Kenya. Jenni is very passionate about women’s rights, and strongly believes in the power of educating girls.
Jason Doherty
Jason DohertyDirector
Jason grew up in northern California, and received his BA in International Relations from the University of San Diego in 1998. He then moved to Tanzania to teach at a secondary school for six months, where he discovered his passion for teaching. Upon returning home, he earned his teaching credential at Dominican University in 2004 and taught in the public school system for six years as a mentor teacher. He was selected as Solano County’s Teacher of the Year in 2007. In 2008, he moved with his wife, Jenni, to Kenya to start Daraja Academy.
Mo Virani
Mo ViraniDirector
Mo currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Northgate Capital, LLC in Danville, CA. Mo has an extensive background and over 30 years of experience in senior management positions in the high tech and private equity sectors. Prior to Northgate, Mo worked for organizations including Mohr, Davidow Ventures, Softbank Corp/Ziff Davis, Sun Microsystems, and Hewlett-Packard. He holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University. Mo and his wife Vivienne have two children. While he now calls San Francisco his home, Mo was born in Kenya and lived there throughout his high-school years. In his free time, he enjoys playing squash, traveling, and supporting girls education.
Victoria Gichuhi
Victoria GichuhiDirector
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.
Charles Mbuto
Charles MbutoDirector
Charles attended the University of Nairobi where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology. At Daraja, Charles started out as a teacher of Biology and Chemistry, and now serves on the Administrative team as the Dean of Academics. Because of the fulfillment he gains from teaching, Charles still teaches Biology, Physics, and Geography to the first and second year classes. Currently, Charles is taking classes with Mount Kenya University to earn a post-graduate certificate in Education. He loves Daraja because it is a school where the students, staff, and teachers each have a voice.