We're racing for girls of poverty!
Naima is a Kenyan from Moyale on the Ethiopian border. While growing up, the primary school near her village was still very far away, and she used to leave on foot before dawn to arrive on time. Naima is from a culturally traditional polygamist family with 14 children—but when her father abandoned them, the family disintigrated. Her mother now leads a family of six with very little income. Before joining Daraja, Naima often had to push against gender discrimination and limiting cultural norms. Even after undergoing FGM (female genital mutilation), she says that the greatest challenge she had growing up was escaping early marriage, a reality that two of her sisters experienced. When asked to describe herself, Naima says she is an independent and determined young woman with aspirations to one day become a surgeon. After graduating from Daraja Academy she plans to find a way to continue her education at a university outside of Africa.
Any money donated on this page goes to help Daraja Academy and Naima during this time of crisis. Naima is at home right now rather than at school. We're helping make sure her family has enough to eat and that Daraja Academy can support all their families while food and water are scarce.