Lilliana Zmed via Crowdrise
May 17, 2012
ZAITUNA ON THE DARAJA ACADEMY:
“If I were not at Daraja, I would have been married since in our culture, if a girl reaches the age of fourteen, she is ready and matured for marriage,” Zaituna said. Focused on making the most out of her opportunity to attend Daraja, Zaituna plans on attending a university after graduating from high school. “I want to be a surgeon to give people second chances in life,” she said. “With an education, I can give myself the ability to change people’s lives.”
Less than 2 cents of every development dollar goes to girls.
Girls and women spend 90% of their earned income on their families, compared with 30% to 40% among males.
Women's education was the single most important factor behind falling levels of hunger and malnutrition in the developing world according to a 30-year study.
These facts don't scare us. We're conquering them head on. Join the Race for Daraja and et's change the norm together.
"Through my struggle I have been able to learn that everything was and is acheivable if we have passion and energy towards it. I am a woman of integrity, strength and hope."
- Lilian, 12th grader at Daraja Academy