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.
For the last 4 years, I've been a part of this amazing project as a member of the board of directors for the Carr Educational Foundation. Being a part of the Daraja family has truly been an amazing experience. This spring, we are participating in a unique fundraiser. While I cheer on the amazing runners and walkers supporting Daraja at the 100th annual Bay-To-Breakers here in San Francisco, Fatuma Mohamed, along with 76 of her fellow students will be running 28 laps on the Daraja campus in Kenya.
Fatuma comes from a small rural town called Merti. She lived with her loving parents, four sisters and five brothers. Unfortunately her father died in an accident which left her uneducated mother looking after the whole family. Her local community is comprised mainly of pastoralists. They are caring and work together, however the town does not have a reliable source of water nor electricity. During primary school, Fatuma was incredibly determined and would wake up before sunrise to study. She helped her mother fetch water from the local river that was 3 miles away. The burden of these responsibilities took a toll on her schoolwork but Fatuma never took her eye off secondary school.
I am asking my friends and family to be a part of this historic occasion by becoming a sponsor for Fatuma as she runs her laps. You decide how much you want to give, $1 per lap, $5 per lap, $1 for each girl that runs (77 total), $1 per lap per each girl that runs (28 x 77). It is up to you. I'm looking for at least 10 sponors for Fatuma. And I will keep you updated on how much we have raised. Each girl on campus has a sponsor raising money either as a racer or as a cheerleader.
Let's reward Fatuma and the girls of Daraja for every lap they runs, trust me, they deserve it!!
Check out our website- www.daraja-academy.org