What is the relationship between DEF and DKI?

Daraja Education Fund (DEF) is a U.S. based, 501(c)3 non-profit, founded in 2007. Daraja Kenya Initiative (DKI) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) registered in Kenya, founded in 2009. DEF funds DKI, which funds Daraja Academy and other campus-based programs, such as the Transition Program. DEF also sponsors related programs, such as Powerful Beyond Measure for low-income girls in California.

When was Daraja founded?

DEF was founded in 2007. DKI was founded in 2009, and Daraja Academy’s first class of girls matriculated in February 2009.

Do students or their families pay for Daraja Academy?

Daraja Academy’s goal is to provide a free education to girls living in material poverty, so every student is provided with a full scholarship, including all room & board. Families are asked to pay for the girls’ transportation to the school, but this too is waived in exceptional circumstances.

Although students don’t financially pay for Daraja, they do “pay it forward” by participating in – and in many cases, creating – community service initiatives in their home villages, towns and cities.

What is Daraja’s Federal Tax ID number?

Our EIN, or Tax ID #, is: 20-8283551

Is my donation tax-deductible?

Your donation is processed through Daraja Education Fund. DEF is a 501(c)3 charitable organization registered in the United States. If you live in the U.S., your donation is tax deductible to the extent of the law.

How do I get a donation receipt?

Electronic donations:

Daraja Education Fund provides an electronic receipt at the time of the donation, and mails an acknowledgement letter to the address provided or most recent address on file.


Daraja Education Fund disperses a paper acknowledgement for IRS purposes upon receipt of your check. The letter is mailed to the address provided either on the check or included correspondence. If neither is provided, a letter is mailed to the last known address DEF has on file for you.

May I designate money for a specific program?

We appreciate your interest in supporting our programs. While it is possible to have your gift directed toward a specific program, we ask that you contribute to unrestricted funding. By not restricting your contribution for a specific project, you will enable us to allocate our resources more efficiently and where needs are greatest.

Should you still wish to restrict your donation, please indicate the specific program when making your contribution either in included correspondence or in the “comments” portion of the donation webpage.