Kat Gregory via Crowdrise
May 08, 2011
BENEFITING: Daraja Education Fund
EVENT DATE: May 15, 2011
Did you know that in Kenya, each year of secondary school will raise a woman’s eventual wages by 15 to 25%? Did you know that girls with a high school education have, on average, 2.2 fewer children? Did you know that women invest 90% of their wages back into their families, as opposed to 30 % for men? And did you know that less than 2% of every development dollar goes towards girls? The education of girls both helps them to realize their potential and begins a virtuous circle that fights against poverty. Now you know.
On May 15th, for the 100th anniversary of Bay to Breakers, 77 students from high schools across the Bay Area will race 12 K to celebrate Daraja Academy, a school in Kenya designed to ease poverty through educating talented girls to become leaders through secondary school. I am proud to be one of the 77.
On the same day, 10,000 miles across the globe, the 77 Daraja students will run the same distance. My partner is 17 year old Hadija Hussein Abullahi, from the Boran tribe in Isiolo (one of the most destitute regions in Kenya). Though she dreamt of going to secondary school, Hadija was orphaned many years ago and didn't have anyone to help support the $500 high school tuition in Kenya. Hadija's life path was set to make her another statistic. Fortunately, she received a four year scholarship from Daraja Academy... a twist in her fate that will not only change the course of her future but that of her future children.
The Daraja Race for 77 helps girls to help support themselves and their communities, but they need your help. YOU can be involved in this by sponsoring my race! Any help would be greatly appreciated, and each donation makes a difference. Thank you!
Visit http://daraja-academy.org/daraja-race-for-77/ for more details!