BENEFITING: Daraja Education Fund
EVENT DATE: May 15, 2011
DARAJA RACE FOR 77
The Daraja community is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Bay to Breakers with a team of 77 people (to match the 77 girls on campus) to join us during Bay to Breakers on May 15th. There will be 51 runners and 26 cheerleaders. The runners will be participating formerly in the race. I will be partnered with a Daraja student, Bennie Muthina, and asked to find a minimum of 10 sponsors to support on the big day.
Daraja Academy is a boarding secondary school for Kenyan girls of poverty. The one thing all Daraja girls have in common is that they could not have gone to secondary school by any other means and they all have unique potential.
They are talented, capable young women who simply lacked access to the education that is necessary to help them break the cycle of poverty. Daraja Academy is their access to a quality secondary education and an improved quality of life.
Bennie was raised by her mother in one of the worst slums in Kenya. Her father killed Bennie's sister so her mother was forced to take herself and the children away for security reasons.
Bennie was in and out of primary school as her mother continually struggled to pay school fees. When Bennie did manage to stay in school for a period of time, she played rugby and soccer. She was especially gifted in rugby and even managed to receive a scholarship to play on the rugby team.
Bennie is determined to go to university in San Francisco. She then hopes to return to Kenya to help break the mentality to her community that young women should get married instead of finishing school. She also plans to build her mother a great big house to replace her single room they currently live in.
Here's a list to give you an idea of how Daraja Academy operates and where the money goes:
$25: A student's school uniform
$45: A student's school supplies such as textbooks, exercise books (1 year)
$100: A student's meals (1 month)
$250: Teacher's salary (1 month)
$300: Pen/pencils for every student (1 year)
$1,000: A full medical physical for 10 girls (possibly the first they've ever had)
$2500: Full student sponsorship (1 year): shelter, healthcare and counseling services, food, and access to quality high school education for an entire year.