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  • Jason June 2020
  • Venetia You go Jamie!!!!! June 2020 $30.00
  • Jacqueline You're amazing! Thanks for your example of leadership, support and belief in the power and voice of girls and women to transform the world. June 2020
  • Nicole go brian go June 2020 $100.00
  • Frederic June 2020 $100.00
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  • Bill and Jennifer April 2020 $2,500.00
  • Anonymous April 2020 $2,275.00
  • Syida Go Maggie! Go Sheila! This includes my company match. May 2020 $1,000.00
  • Anonymous We are all behind you and the girls. It takes resilience and love and we have a lot of both for Daraja! May 2020 $1,000.00
  • Jim June 2020 $500.00
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What is Daraja? 

Daraja Academy is a nonprofit high school in Kenya that saves, educates, and empowers girls from poverty. Daraja is the Swahili word for bridge. Every person who supports Daraja Academy is building a bridge of opportunity for girls from a life of poverty and powerlessness to a life of leadership and self-reliance. 

Daraja girls come from all over Kenya. They represent 37 different ethnic tribes and together speak 25 languages. All of them have faced at least one of these things:

  • Starvation
  • Homelessness
  • Female Genital Mutilation
  • Early marriage
  • Sexual assault
  • Tribal violence

Despite trauma and setbacks, each girl gave her all to finish primary school. And each girl was one of the top in her class. But without Daraja, all of them would have been forced quit school in 8th grade. Now they have a chance to break the cycle of poverty that has existed in their families and villages for generations.

Participants are paired with one of these Daraja girls. Together, they are racing 12 kilometers in their own way before May 31st. Some are running, some are walking. Some are carrying water, some are kayaking. Each participant gets their own fundraising page with their Daraja partner's story. And each page is a tribute to a girl from poverty who knows that she is valuable enough to be educated. 

Asante Sana to every person who is racing with a girl or supporting a participant. You are making all the difference in the life of a girl, her family, and her community. ESPECIALLY during this difficult time when families are feeling the effects of poverty even more acutely. 

Use the search bar at the top to find racers you know, or follow the progress of those on our "Event Leaderboard"—especially Daraja Founder Jason Doherty who recently lost his leg.