I'm racing for Sheila!
Sheila is from Ong’ielo village in Siaya County, near Lake Victoria. She is the oldest of her three siblings and grew up taking care of them since her mom has a chronic illness. Some of her other tasks at home are fetching firewood and water, cooking, and selling mangos. Sheila’s father is a fisherman who often doesn’t make enough to feed the family or buy candles to light their home. This is a common problem in Sheila’s village which she says is full of illiteracy, prostitution, drugs, and early marriage. Her goal is to get educated and become an accountant. With such a good profession, she could return to help her village. Her dream is to be able to write proposals to the government and fundraise to combat some of the problems facing her community. To reach this goal, Sheila actually repeated 8th grade. After finishing the first time, she didn’t have enough funds to pay for secondary school. So, her plan was to stay in school a little longer while figuring out what to do next. Thankfully, she learned about Daraja where she was given a scholarship. She says, “the best thing about Daraja is that they are supporting girls who have no way to continue their education.”