As many of you know, I and my family have been supporters of this unique Kenyan boarding school since 2009. In that time, over 80% of its graduates have qualified for University, including 51 of the most recent 52 graduates. (Teddy Nyakado, the student my family individually sponsored for her four years at Daraja Academy, is now completing her sophomore year in college.)
In my almost-50 years of working with non-profits, Daraja Academy has had the most impact by far of any. This year I'm asking you to help me support Jackline.
Jackline's story is a familiar one at Daraja. One of six children of a single mother, her mother abandoned the family several years ago and one of Jackline's primary school teachers became her guardian. Through determination and hard work, Jackline qualified for high school, but had no money to attend. Then she and Daraja found each other and a door has been opened for her for secondary education. Shy at first -like many first year students -she's quickly finding her own voice and becoming confident in public speaking.
In three weeks, in conjunction with San Francisco's Bay to Breakers, Jackline and her fellow students will run the same 7.5 miles around campus in Nanyuki to raise money for their own education.
Whether you can afford $5 or $500, please help me with a contribution for Jackline's education at Daraja Academy. (Learn more about this amazing school at www.daraja-academy.org) Asante sana (THANK YOU!) -Steve