Girls of Daraja
Daraja Academy is a revolutionary idea – a secondary school where remarkable Kenyan girls, otherwise forgotten due to the lack of school fees, are given the one thing they desire most… a chance to succeed, because Daraja and its supporters believe educated girls can transcend poverty and change the world.
Executive Producer Deborah Santana. Directed & Produced by Emmy-winning filmmaker Barbara Rick. Cinematography & Sound by Jim Anderson. Edited by Ann Collins. Associate Producer/Assistant Editor Julia Wrona. Music by Salvador Santana, Rachael Sage, John Califra & Pearson Constantino. Animation by Dancing Diablo. A Production of Out of The Blue Films, Inc. a 501(c)(3).
School of my Dreams
School of my Dreams, the follow up to Girls of Daraja, is a moving portrait of the students of Daraja Academy, a free Kenyan boarding school for exceptional girls living in poverty.
Committed to transforming their communities and the world, Daraja students demonstrate in their own words and art how education is expanding their vision and unlocking their dreams.
The series of award-winning short documentaries from Executive Producer Deborah Santana and Peabody & Emmy-winning filmmaker Barbara Rick of Out of The Blue Films, Inc. highlights the immense power of educating women and girls worldwide.
Executive Producer Deborah Santana, http://www.doalittle.org
Directed & Produced by Emmy-winning filmmaker Barbara Rick. Cinematography & Sound by Jim Anderson. Edited by Laure Sullivan. Associate Producer/Assistant Editor Julia Wrona. Music by Salvador Santana, Jim Anderson, John Califra & Pearson Constantino. Animation by Dancing Diablo. A Production of Out of The Blue Films, Inc. a 501(c)(3) http://www.outofthebluefilms.com
Daraja Academy on SF Bay Area’s ABC7
ABC 7 news anchor Cheryl Jennings segment on the Daraja Academy students visit to Woodside Priory School.
Barbara Rick, Out of the Blue Films
Amy Carr, Amy Carr Photography
Leah Lau, Silent Light Photography
Hard Life is Unfair Lesson to Kenyan Teen, Joyce Wanjiru (2016), May 13, 2015
Quality of Male Chiefs Varies in Kenya, Mary Mukami (2016) and Bilha Akoth (2015), April 1, 2015
Teen Rises Above Father’s Hate, Irene Wacera (2014), Women’s E-News, February 11, 2015
When Family Isn’t Safe: Assault in Kenya, Daraja Media Club and Bilha Akoth (2015), Women’s E-News, January 8, 2015
Time to Talk about ‘It’ in Kenya, Mercy Wambui (2016), Euphrasia Atieno (2014), Christine Khayeri (2017), and Joyce Wanjiru (2016), Women’s E-News, December 23, 2014
Cycle of Drugs and Poverty in a Kenyan Hospital, Lilian Akoth (2015), Women’s E-News, November 19, 2014
Blind Kenyan Runner Pursues Vision Supporting People with Disabilities, Lilian Nyambura (2013), Esther Mahiri (2012), and Carol Nyangi (2012), Global Press Journal, November 3, 2014
Avoiding Early Marriage is Key for Kenyan Girls, Zaituna Bora (2015), Meldah Wanjiku (2015), Faith Wambui (2017), Women’s E-News, October 22, 2014
Kenyan Teen Fights Tradition, Escapes FGM, Daraja Media Club, Women’s E-News, October 8, 2014
Waitressing Taught Me to Serve Myself First, Lilian Nyambura (2013), Women’s E-News, August 28, 2014
Family Planning: More than Free Condoms in Kenya, Joan Cherop (2013), Women’s E-News, August 7, 2014
Daraja Academy in the News
2 Kenyan Students Attend Portola Valley Boarding School for 3 Weeks, ABC7News, May 1, 2015
Cool School: Daraja Academy, KPIX5 CBS, November 26, 2013
San Rafael Couple’s Kenya School Graduates First Class, Marin Independent Journal, October 14, 2013
How Students Become Citizens of the World: Daraja’s Transition Program, Day of the Girl Summit, October 8, 2013
Education – A Bridge to the Future, Huffington Post, May 15, 2013
New films chronicle impact of education, empowerment on Kenyan girls, National Catholic Reporter, May 30, 2013
Daraja Academy Celebrates International Day of the Girl, CNN iReport, October 23, 2012
Marin students partner with Daraja Academy to celebrate International Day of the Girl, San Anselmo-Fairfax Patch, October 9, 2012
Our own Sarah Montgomery speaks about Daraja and Bay to Breakers, NBC Bay Area News, May 19, 2012
Kenya to the Breakers, Santa Clara Magazine, May 18, 2012
Runner helps raise funds for African school founded by San Rafael residents, Marin Independent Journal, May 16, 2011
Dogged determination marks 100th Bay to Breakers run, San Jose Mercury News, May 15, 2011
B2B Winner Runs to Benefit Kenyan Girls’ School, CBS TV. Search “Lineth”, May 14, 2011
Running for a Cause at Bay to Breakers and in Kenya, Ocean Beach Bulletin, May 13, 2011
2010 Race Winner and Other Bay Area Supporters Run for Kenyan Girls Education in this year’s 100th Bay to Breakers Race, San Francisco Sentinel, May 12, 2011
One on One – Daraja Academy, Peninsula TV, May 9, 2011
S.F.-Kenya program builds bridge between teens, San Francisco Chronicle, April 18, 2011
350 Africa: Nanyuki, Kenya, 350.org, October 19, 2010
How to Become an Activist, Huffington Post, August 19, 2010
Nation Readers’ Top Ten, The Nation, August 12, 2010
Fund-Raising Videos That Work: Personal Stories from Afar, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, July 19,2010