Thank you for supporting Sylvia!
April 26, 2016
BENEFITING: Daraja Education Fund
EVENT DATE: May 15, 2016
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 vast majority of secondary schools in Kenya require substantial fees. Even indirect costs of a secondary education in Kenya are twelve to twenty times as much as the monthly income of parents in rural areas. Family responsibilities, early marriages and pregnancy, lack of gender appropriate facilities in schools, gender-based violence, HIV/AIDS, and orphanhood can, and often do, pose additional barriers to a girl's education.
To that end, Daraja Academy provides full scholarships to girls of material poverty, covering all the costs of school in addition to shelter, food, healthcare and counseling services, allowing students to focus on their academic and personal potential, without being hindered by the everyday barriers of poverty.
On Sunday, May 15th, each Daraja student will run in Race for Daraja 2016, racing 12 kilometeres through the villages surrounding Nanyuki, Kenya to raise funds and awareness for Daraja Academy. Each student with have a supporter in her race for education, an advocate cheering her on from across the world. I am supporting Syliva.
Sylvia comes from a Maasai rescue center and safe house where she has lived since the age of 9. She was discovered at that age and saved from a marriage to a 49-year-old man, arranged by her father for money. In the community where she comes from, educating girls is seen as a waste of time and resources. Ever since she was given a home at the safe house, Sylvia has resolved to prove her community wrong by excelling in her studies, and she’s done just that.
At Daraja, Sylvia is very intentional and determined in her schoolwork. She hopes one day she will be in a position to sponsor a girl and work to defend the rights of girls in her community. Sylvia’s favorite time of day is sports time, when she gets the opportunity to play volleyball and netball. Her hobbies also include writing poetry, reading fiction novels, and listening to music. Sylvia believes strongly in her future and is sure to work hard each day to achieve her dreams.
When you donate, you make Sylvia's race a little easier.
Thank you for your support.