Joyce lives in an area about 1 hour from the Daraja Academy campus. She lived with her grandmother, as her mother died giving birth to Joyce and her father is unknown and has yet to make contact with her. Joyce is a quiet girl with an intense inner strength that was exhibited in her admissions interview.
Her grandmother is a subsistence farmer, growing barely more than her family needs, and sells her wares at the local market. Joyce is a very smart girl and worked hard in elementary school. She has brought that same work ethic and dedication with her into high school.
She is soft spoken, but the first to put her arm around another student. Although in the classroom, her personality shines trying to get the teacher’s attention to call on her to answer a question. She works closely with each teacher ensuring that she has learned a concept and studies tirelessly, never missing a moment to study.
Joyce especially loves WISH (a women’s empowerment course) and claims that she is a Woman of Hope. She truly believes that her future is brighter than her past and she can accomplish anything