This is the idea behind the founding of Daraja Academy. When Jason and Jenni Doherty – educators from the Bay Area – visited Kenya in 2006, they were struck by the degree that gender determined opportunity. For families living in deep poverty, access to education was already limited, but sons were still far more likely to attend secondary school than daughters.
Girls were being left behind.
Without secondary education, girls in Kenya are often condemned to early marriages and pregnancies, and are unlikely to attract the professional opportunities that enable economic self-sufficiency. Education is the fastest bridge out of poverty, and so many girls have no hope of crossing it.
The Dohertys realized they could contribute to the solution, and resolved