Antonella is from Baragoi in the Samburu area, and is the 6th of 7 children in her family. When her parents died in 2009, her older brother took on the responsibility of taking care of the siblings. She says “the greatest challenge I have to overcome in my life is to balance studies and taking car of my young sister after the death of my parents.” Even though she was the top girl student in her Class 8, she was forced to repeat it because she could not afford secondary school. Fortunately she never stop trying to achieve her dream of continuing her education and was persistent enough to catch Daraja’s attention.
Antonella is a fan of the 100 meter run, loves singing specifically but music in general, and also enjoys playing netball. She has dreams of becoming a doctor and opening up a clinic/dispensary in the community where she is from.
Guyatu’s story shows her true Daraja spirit. Coming from a town called Sololo, near the Ethiopian border, Guyatu traveled four days for her interview to gain admission to Daraja. Coming from such an arid area, the closest source of water is about 60km away. Her father passed away when she was very young, and her mom has had trouble finding work. She is the second of seven children in the family and after the next few years will be the first to complete her high school education. After seeing so many of her friends get married so young, Guyatu is that much more grateful for her opportunity at Daraja.
Guyatu is a natural leader. In primary school she was in charge of the environmental club - her leadership experience will serve her well at Daraja, and like many of the other girls, so will her motivation to take full advantage of her educational opportunity.