Abby Church via Crowdrise
May 04, 2011
This year is the 100th anniversary of the famous Bay-To-Breakers race here in San Francisco. We have Daraja supporters here in the Bay Area running, walking and cheering at the Bay-To-Breakers to fundraise for our girls in Kenya. At the exact same time, 10,000 miles across the world, the girls of Daraja will be running a course of the exact same length: 28 laps around the campus, equalling a 12k. Each runner or cheerleader/group (that's us!) is paired with one Daraja student, and together they will fundraise to support the school.
I've been involved as a member of the advisory board of the Carr Educational Foundation (501(c)3), the parent foundation for the Daraja Academy, for nearly 2 years now. I went to high school with founder Jason Doherty and have found him and his wife Jenni to be an inspiration!! Daraja has grown every year, opening the doors to 77 amazing, talented, brilliant girls who would have no means for a secondary education, were it not for Daraja. You can read all about Daraja here:
This year our team has been paired with a freshman student at Daraja Academy named Pauline.
Read more about Pauline here:
Pauline is an exceptional young woman who was ranked third girl in her primary school. Within a few weeks of starting at Daraja Academy, it was discovered Pauline has epilepsy. She grew up passed from grandmother to aunt, and there was never enough money to treat and control the illness. At Daraja she is under the care of the best doctor in Nanyuki who is working on controlling her seizures.
Pauline is estranged from her family and relies heavily on the love and support found at Daraja. Now that the school is aware of her illness and the students have been made aware of her epilepsy, Pauline has felt a tremendous weight lifted from her shoulders. The staff at Daraja looks forward to seeing how Pauline progresses throughout the year.