Steve Robinson via Crowdrise
May 10, 2011
Daraja Academy - Race for 77
On May 15, I will participate in the Bay to Breakers race, walking the 7.5 miles footrace. 76 other Daraja supporters and I will represent the 77 students currently enrolled in Daraja Academy. We are each matched with a student who will be running the race in Kenya as I walk in San Francisco. I will represent the student in the race, be her advocate and help her raise money for her education.
The student that I'm running with is Esther Mahiri (she is the great girl in the images). Esther is 15 years old and is from Isibania, Kenya. She comes from a small villiage near Lake Victoria. Her mother died of meningitis when Esther was a small child, and her father was never involved with her care.
She is extremely shy. The first month at school she would only talk to the one girl who was from her same area. She sat alone at mealtimes. She was studious but struggled in social situations. After some time at Daraja Academy, Esther has come out of her shell. This year, Esther has stayed in the top 8 ranking of her classmates and is steadily improving.
Here's a list to give you an idea of how Daraja Academy operates and where the money goes:
$2,500: Full student sponsorship (1 year): shelter, healthcare and counseling services, food, and access to quality high school education for an entire year.
About Daraja Academy
Daraja Academy is a boarding secondary school for Kenyan girls with top academic scores and exceptional leadership skills but no means to continue their education. The academy provides shelter, food, healthcare and counseling services which allows students to focus on their academic and personal potential, without being hindered by the everyday barriers of poverty.