Joe, Emre, & Dylan via Crowdrise
May 19, 2013
Joe Farned, Emre Sonmez, Dylan Croll --
Last year, we raised $4,880 for the Daraja Academy in Kenya.
Running Bay to Breakers was a highlight of 2012 for us, and we're proud to know our efforts helped Daraja girls. We hope to share that success again this year!
Please help by contributing or spreading the word.
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.
Carla is a bright and brave young woman who has overcome much in her short life,
while always putting her education first. Carla lives in the dry northern town of
Wamba, nestled into the base of the majestic Matthews Range. Finding time and
a quiet place to study was difficult for her while in middle school. Her mother passed
away several years ago so Carla was raised by her single grandmother. Her
grandmother made her living by brewing changa, (illicit brew) and selling it to
drunkards in their home.
Today at Daraja Academy
Today Carla dreams of being a nurse. She wants to change the fact that in her home
district, because of poverty, people get poor health care and often die from treatable
diseases. Though small in stature, Carla is a tenacious athlete. She was the only Form 1 student to play on Daraja Academy’s Netball team, which was the second ranked team in the district.
From the moment the admissions team visited her school, they recognized Julia as a
leader. She was the number one ranked girl in her class after the 8th grade
examinations. She has a light about her and it was important to the team to bring her to Daraja Academy. Julia’s story is one of hardship. She wasn’t able to go to school as a young child because the family was barely making enough to buy food. Her father started to drink heavily and they were forced from their home. They moved to Mara Moja where the mother was brewing illegal alcohol. Occasionally, Julia’s mother would be arrested and that left Julia to brew the alcohol and take care of the five other children in the family. Julia had hope that she would get to secondary school. She has dreams of being a nurse. With her attitude, her work ethic, and the right opportunities, she can achieve her goals.
Charity is an absolute shining star at Daraja. She was the only girl that wasn’t
interviewed, but the admissions staff knew that she was supposed to be at Daraja
Academy. Charity is the oldest child of three. Her father, by trade, is a carpenter.
The family owned a shop in Mombasa, but in the election violence the shop was
destroyed leaving the family destitute. The father lost all of his holdings to some bad
friends. The family retreated from Mombasa to live further inland in a very dry
area near Sultan Hamud. Her father is now a peasant farmer and there is often not
enough to eat during the day.
Today at Daraja Academy
Charity heard about the school from a visiting member of her church congregation. The man had heard about the academy’s website, and gave the information to Charity’s mother. Charity was called only one day before school started and invited to join Daraja Academy. She may be the youngest member of her class, but she is definitely a leader. It will be exciting to see how she continues to grow!