Maureen is the daughter of one of the Daraja Academy employees, a cook named Consolata. Her mother worked for the previous school, the Baraka School. When the school closed down in 2004, Consolata was pink-slipped and had to find alternate employment. Because her family relations were strained, Maureen’s mother could not return to her hometown in Western Kenya. Instead she petitioned to be allowed to stay at the campus until a new buyer was found. Prior to Daraja Academy opening, Maureen’s mother raised vegetables, baked bread, and tried to hire herself as a casual worker to make ends meet.
Maureen grew up on the campus with her single mother, never knowing her father. She was given a scholarship to a private elementary school and it was a struggle for her mother to afford the transportation costs and uniform to send her to school.
Maureen has blossomed from a solemn child to a beautiful compassionate young woman. Without being asked, she waters the school’s flowers and picks up any stray litter that has blown across campus. She is kind to her fellow classmates, and works hard in her studies.