BENEFITING: Daraja Education Fund
EVENT DATE: May 19, 2013
On May 19, 2013 in Northern California, I will be cheering on the Daraja Academy supporters running the San Francisco Bay to Breakers Race to help raise awareness and funds for the school... at the very moment the race starts in S.F., all the Daraja students will also be running on the Daraja campus!
The video below is now two years old, but the info is great. The school has grown and continues to be a place of miracles. Please join us!
Fatuma, a junior at Daraja, will be running in their version of the race in Kenya. PLEASE donate what you are able to so that Fatuma and the other girls at the school can continue their journey of education and "bridging" with the world. Daraja means "Bridge", please see the website and contribute regularly if at all possible:
This is a real grassroots school run on donations and they/we continue to need them. The school is not religious, not government sponsored, not affiliated with any other controlling organization. It is the dream-coming-true of Jason and now his wife, Jenni, who are administrator and principal. They have Kenyan teachers and students are from many of the tribes all over Kenya, working and learning together. The blog tells more of the heart of the story s well as having links to more pictures and videos. Check YouTube for Daraja Academy, too. Please check it out when you have time and DONATE--ANY amount is appreciated!)
By partnering with runners and cheerleaders, the Daraja students get to personally help fund raise for their school.
This is more information about Fatuma:
Fatuma Ibrahim is a 16 year old from the Somali tribe. Fatuma comes from a very dry, dusty bush town at the base of the Matthews Range Mountains in Northern Kenya. She is the third child of four, and both parents have passed away—her mother during child birth, and her father passed away when Fatuma was very young. A kindly neighbor brought Fatuma into her home in exchange for Fatuma's caring for the neighbor's children and doing the house work. Despite all of this upheaval in her life, Fatuma worked very hard in primary school. Although she is Muslim, she attended the best school in her area, which was a Catholic Church Mission school.
She had no hope of further education because of the lack of any resources. The neighbor who was fostering Fatuma contacted Daraja to plea for this lovely girl, indicating her strength of character and desperate circumstances. Their own poverty could not support her and they knew the bleak chances she had once the State free school ended. So many of the girls in Kenya end up in the streets, married off as virtual slaves, or doing whatever desperate actions required to survive.
When the Daraja team met Fatuma, she was wrapped in a head scarf and had the most serious look on her face. She was so nervous, but you could tell that there was real depth of personality there. That personality has just exploded since she became a student at Daraja Academy. She is outgoing and makes friends easily. Her huge smile and funny jokes keep all of the students and staff in stitches. She is such a joy to have at Daraja.
Please take a moment and give what you can to help this girl and all the students at Daraja aware that the world cares and can help. They are all working hard and deserve whatever we can give so that they may better give and serve in their communities and better the world.
BENEFITING: Carr Educational Foundation, the non-profit support for Daraja Academy
EVENT: Bay to Breakers
EVENT DATE: May 19, 2013
DEADLINE TO GIVE: open to continuing support
A note from my friend, Liza:
Daraja Academy is a secondary boarding school for exceptional Kenyan girls who without their scholarships would not be able to get an education. It was an honor and privilege to spend a month on campus two years ago, connecting with the 77 extraordinary students at the time and the Daraja community of faculty, administrators, staff, and volunteers.
Chase and I will be running the Daraja Race during the Bay to breakers.
I, Jo, will be runnng if I am able. I am presently traveling with my Mum, but carry the girls, the school, and the dreams with me everywhere and always. If I can't be running, I'll be cheering and hoping you are, too!
Please, give as you can. Your dollars make more of a difference than you can probably imagine. Thank you!