While over 50 Californians run in Bay to Breakers to support Daraja Academy, the students will simultaneously be conducting their own race 9,500 miles away. They're doing this to support their own education, and to support the education of the girls who will follow in their footsteps: Because without Daraja Academy, the dreams of all 117 Daraja girls would have ended at primary school.
Why is education so important to a Daraja Girl? Here's what they had to say:
Sylvia: "As for now, I want to have good grades that take me to a good university, because I want to become a teacher. I want to have a good life after high school. I want to have a better life than I have now."
Asha: "I want to become a leader."
Florence: "I want to be a pilot and improve my family's livelihoods."
Rodah: "I want to see the change in our country. I would like to help those in the country, those who are poor to improve their living standards."
Lucy: "I want to be a fashion designer and also want to start an organization for girls to support girls and their dreams."
The Daraja girls will one day be doctors, lawyers, teachers, pilots, politicians, and fashion designers. But today, they are simply high school students running to fundraise for their school.
They've fought so hard for their right to an education, and they're going to keep fighting for their dreams and the dreams of other girls.
Please fight with them by supporting their run!