I'm running with Hawo!
Hawo is from Cuorora Village in Marsabit County. She is the oldest of eight children, all of whom live at home with Hawo and her parents. As the eldest, she was responsible for fetching water, cooking, and caring for her younger siblings. One of the biggest challenges she faced was access to clean water. Hawo had to walk four kilometers to reach the closest borehole, sometimes in the dark fearing for her safety. Hawo’s family also struggled to pay for her education. Hawo was consistently sent home from school due to lack of school fees the equivalent of $3 or less. Since her family couldn’t afford the fees, sometimes her friends would help gather together the funds.
Hawo is a hard working and social girl. Hawo wants to become a neurosurgeon when she grows up. She also wants to help educate her younger siblings, who may not have the opportunity to attend high school like herself. She says, “I am proud to be among the caring and friendly Daraja family.”
Why I am Running4Daraja
Daraja will always hold a very special place in my heart. Not just because I lived, volunteered and worked there, not just because my family grew and expanded and made some of my best friends there. But because I truly believe in the potential of these amazing young Women. To even make it as far as they have is a true testament to their hard-work and determination. The educational and social opportunities the Daraja makes available to their students are one of a kind, and there simply isn't a better place for them .These truly are the women who will change Kenya, Africa and the World. Help me get these young women, like Hawo, more opporunities and help them reach their full potential.