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Daraja Fever Spotlight: Drake High School Daraja Club

There’s a little thing we call “Daraja Fever,” that visitors, volunteers, and supporters often catch and spread after they have visited campus or learned about the girls of Daraja. Symptoms include sore cheeks from smiling, a full heart of love, and a plaguing desire to return once you’ve left or travel to campus for the first time. Experiencing campus and meeting the Daraja girls isn’t something everyone is able to do, which makes the the support from people who never met the girls all the more inspiring.

On February 28th, Erin Barto, Hannah Salaverry, and the Daraja Club from Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo, CA, hosted a fundraiser for Daraja at Fenix Live, which raised $1,250. Local bands Fowler, Japanese Jesus, and the Drake HS Jazz Quartet played for attendees.

Erin is the second Barto to organize such an event. Her older sister Maddie put together theDrakeDaraja night at George’s back in 2012, which raised enough money to sponsor a Daraja girl! “When a girl is educated, the effects of that education trickle down to her family, community and country. Studies show an extra year of primary schooling raises a woman’s eventual wages income by 10%. An extra year of secondary school: 15 to 25%. I had a chance to visit the Daraja campus,” said Barto. “It was amazing to meet the girls, to see in person the difference you can make.”

Thank you to Erin, Hannah, and the Drake Daraja Club for continuing to support Daraja!

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