What's going on?

Run for Daraja!

We’re running in Bay to Breakers on May 21, 2017 to fund five scholarships for the girls of Daraja Academy.

You can learn more about the Bay to Breakers Race here.


Be her bridge.

When asked to describe herself, any Daraja girl will tell you she comes from a “humble background.” The international development community has another term for this: extreme poverty. Her family didn’t have the money to send her to secondary school – but she had the raw intelligence, grit, and determination to secure a scholarship to Daraja Academy.

Daraja means bridge, and we’re asking you to be the bridge she needs to permanently break free from the cycle of poverty.

They say it takes a village to raise a child. We’re lucky to live in a time where a girl’s village doesn’t have to be determined by geography, but can be defined by the number of people willing to step up for her. Be a Daraja girl’s village. Be her bridge.

Will I be paired with a Daraja girl?


After you sign up for Race for Daraja we’ll send you the picture and bio of the girl that you’re running in honor of. You can share her story on your own fundraising page, and with everyone you know!

Are there prizes?

(That is, aside from the incredible satisfaction of funding a girl’s education)

Why, yes!

Individual prizes for fundraising…

$1,000: A spa basket to pamper you after a race well run… or walked/galloped/observed!

$2,500: Dinner with the Founders!

$5,000: A weeklong trip to campus to meet the Daraja girls in person! (Airfare, room & board, cultural activities and excursions included)

In addition, the first team that raises $2500 will receive a pizza party! Bonus: the party will be attended by Alice, a Daraja graduate currently living in the Bay Area.

How can I get involved?

There are three main ways to participate!

(1) RUN FOR DARAJA: Run in Bay to Breakers! Either form a team or go it alone, and ask everyone you know to support you along the way.

(2) CHEERLEAD FOR DARAJA: You don’t have to run the race to participate! We’ll link you with one of the girls, and help you fundraise for her in whatever creative way you can think of.

(3) DONATE TO DARAJA: No time to fundraise? No problem. Please feel free to give directly by clicking “Donate” on this CrowdRise page. Give to the event as a whole, or to any of the teams that appeal to you. Thank you for your support!

Does the race cost anything?


As soon as you fundraise your first $100, we’ll register you for Bay to Breakers ourselves! (We’ll pay your registration fee!)


Sign up below!


After you sign up, we’ll send you a welcome packet, fundraising guide, and the biography of a Daraja girl.

See you there!

Sign up!

  • If you don't have a team name yet, please provide the name of the school or organization you're running with, or the name of your team leader.
  • The following sections only need to be filled out if you're running/walking the race. We'll use this information to register you for Bay to Breakers!

    You can read them here: http://www.daraja-academy.org/bay-breakers-terms-conditions/