She believed she could…so she did!
Daraja Fever Spotlight: Branson School Volleyball Team
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.
Last fall, Branson School (Ross, CA) girl’s varsity volleyball teammates, Gillian Alper and Bailie Salk, organized a snack bar at all home games to benefit Daraja. The entire Branson volleyball team participated by becoming pen-pals with members of Daraja’s volleyball team. Gillian coined the campaign “One World One Team” to raise awareness of the importance of girls’ education. Teammates Bice Kelly-Andrews & Carrie Wentzel, together with Branson’s Interact Club, organized a fundraiser at Soul Cycle in Larkspur. Proceeds of the volleyball snack bar, the Soul Cycle benefit ride, and an anonymous donor totaled $2,500, enough money to sponsor one Daraja girl for an entire year! Branson Athletic Director Michelle Smith, who attended high school with Daraja founder Jason Doherty, collaborated with Gillian and donated old Branson athletic uniforms to Daraja’s sports teams.
Thank you to the girl’s varsity volleyball team, Interact Club, and entire Branson School community for supporting Daraja!