BENEFITING: Daraja Education Fund
ORGANIZER: Daraja Education Fund
EVENT DATE: May 17, 2015
Daraja Education Fund wrote -
"I would like to serve my country through leadership."
The Kenyan government only provides free access to education through the primary grades (K-8). Beyond primary school, students or their families must pay all fees associated with their schooling. Countless bright, eager students are kept from furthering their education simply they cannot pay these fees.
Mary is the first born of 5 children. Her father passed away in 2006, leaving little income potential for food or school fees. Following the 2007-08 post-election violence, Mary worked as a maid to make money for her family before returning to primary school in 2009. Her mother washed clothes to make a living, so Mary and her siblings often went without basic school supplies or a light source to study with. Despite these challenges, Mary channeled her energy into her studies and impressed her family by becoming the top girl in her eighth grade class.
Mary is soaring at Daraja. She is a very well spoken young woman with a light in her eyes and a powerful voice. She loves to share stories and jokes with friends during her free time, and her face lights up when she gets the opportunity to dance or sing. If you bumped into her on campus, you’d probably find her playing football (soccer) or buried in a fiction novel.
At Daraja, the students help “pay” for their education by fulfilling community service hours during school breaks. Mary completes her community service by volunteering in hopsitals, children’s center and orphanages.
Please consider supporting Mary as she runs to raise money for her own education on May 17th in Kenya, while many Daraja supporters are running in the annual San Francisco Bay to Breakers race.
Separated by an ocean. United by a cause.