Jo Moore via Crowdrise
April 30, 2011
On May 15, 2011 in Northern California, I will be cheering on the Daraja Academy supporters running the San Francisco Bay to Breakers Race to help raise awareness and funds for the school... at the very moment the race starts in S.F., all 77 Daraja students will also be running on the Daraja campus!
Freshman Fatuma, who I'm partnered with, will be running their version of the race in Kenya. PLEASE donate what you are able to so that Fatuma and the other 76 girls at the school can continue their journey of education and "bridging" with the world. (Daraja means "Bridge", see the website and contribute regularly if at all possible:
This is a real grassroots school run on donations and they/we continue to need them. The school is not religious, not government sponsored, not affiliated with any other controlling organization. It is the dream-coming-true of Jason and now his wife, Jenni, who are administrator and principal. They have Kenyan teachers andrepresentatives from many of the tribes all over Kenya, working and learning together. The blog tells more of the heart of the story. Please check it out when you have time and DONATE. Any amount is appreciated!)
By partnering with runners and cheerleaders, the Daraja students get to personally help fund raise for their school.
This is Fatuma's Daraja Academy story:
Fatuma Ibrahim is a 14 year old from the Somali tribe. Fatuma comes from a very dry, dusty bush town at the base of the Matthews Range Mountains in Northern Kenya. She is the third child of four, and both parents have passed away—her mother during child birth, and her father passed away when Fatuma was very young. A kindly neighbor brought Fatuma into her home, in exchange for Fatuma's caring for the neighbor's children and doing the house work. Despite all of this upheaval in her life, Fatuma worked very hard in primary school. Although she is Muslim, she attended the best school in her area, which was a Catholic Church Mission school.
She had no hope of further education because of the lack of any resources. The neighbor who was fostering Fatuma contacted Daraja to plea for this lovely girl, indicating her strength of character and desperate circumstances. Their own poverty could not support her and they knew the bleak chances she had once the State free school ended. So many of the girls in Kenya end up in the streets, married off as virtual slaves, or doing whatever desperate actions required to survive.
When the Daraja team met Fatuma, she was wrapped in a head scarf and had the most serious look on her face. She was so nervous, but you could tell that there was real depth of personality there. That personality has just exploded since she became a student at Daraja Academy. She is outgoing and makes friends easily. Her huge smile and funny jokes keep all of the students and staff in stitches. She is such a joy to have at Daraja.
BENEFITING: Carr Educational Foundation
EVENT: Bay to Breakers
EVENT DATE: May 15, 2011
DEADLINE TO GIVE: May 15, 2011
A note from my friend, Liza:
Daraja Academy is a secondary boarding school for exceptional Kenyan girls who without their scholarships would not be able to get an education. It was an honor and privilege to spend a month on campus this Feb-Mar, connecting with 77 extraordinary students and the Daraja community of faculty, administrators, staff, and volunteers.
Chase and I will be running the Daraja Race for 77 during the Bay to breakers.
I, Jo, will be runnng if I am able to have caregivers for Kash, otherwise, I'll be cheering and hoping you are, too!