BENEFITING: Daraja Education Fund
EVENT DATE: Jul 29, 2013
As most of you know, I am spending the next 6 months of my life in Nanyuki, Kenya, as the Communications Intern for The Daraja Academy of Kenya (the main project for the Carr Educational Foundation). I am giving up my birthday this year in order to benefit Daraja, and my goal is to raise enough money to sponsor one student for one full school year, which is $2,500.
On my last trip to Kenya, I spent two weeks at this school, and was captivated by day one. 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.
Within my first couple days here, I connected with a Form 1 (Freshman), Mponunye (mm-pon-oon-yay). She is from Chumvi, Kenya and belongs to the Maasai ethnic group. She is an incredible student, loves to doodle flowers in her notebook in her free time, and is raising her hand more and more in class. I sit with Mponunye during meals at least once a day, and our morning hug is my favorite way to start the day. Help me ensure that Mponunye gets a quality education and a bright future by helping me sponsor her this year.