Zamzam and I are running 12 kilometers on opposite sides of the world in support of girls education. Any money we raise goes directly to Daraja Academy in Kenya and Zamzam's education. Thank you for your help! or as they say in Kenya, ASANTE SANA!
Zamzam is from a small village in Isiolo County called Kambi Garba where she lives with her elderly grandmother. Zamzam loves her village, but dislikes that the community tends to only educate boys. She challenges this culture, saying, “Girls also need to be educated and become prominent people in society.” Unfortunatly, Zamzam struggled to stay in primary school. Once she missed nearly a year because she couldn’t afford school fees. Another time, she lost 2 months to stay home and help her sick grandma. Now that she is at Daraja Academy, Zamzam feels supported in her studies. She loves that Daraja empowers young women and provides a space free of discrimination. Currently, her favorite subject is science, and she enjoys reading in her free time. Because many people die from untreated disease in her community, she would like to become a doctor or a surgeon. Her advice to girls is to “Always believe in yourself. The world cannot do without us girls.”