I'm racing for Cynthia!
Cynthia is from a part of Bomet county where it's common for girls to drop out of school and get married at a very young age. Cynthia grew up with a single mom who struggled to earn enough for her five children. In fact, the family rarely had a place to live. When it was time to go to 6th grade, Cynthia’s mom told her she’d have to drop out of school and help earn money by harvesting tea. Cynthia was devastated. She sought help from the pastor of her church who took her in and helped her finish primary school. Cynthia dedicated her focus to her education and rose to the top of her class. Fortunately, one of her new neighbors, Abigael, is a Daraja alumni! Abigael saw that Cynthia was a Daraja girl at heart. When Cynthia finished 8th grade, Abigael helped her apply to Daraja Academy. Cynthia says that being a Daraja girl will give her the “opportunity to strengthen those who are struggling in life,” and she has the goal to “improve the standard of our community” and be a role model to others.