As you can see, in just a few months of launching the Daraja Academy’s website, we already have visitors from all over the world!!
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Can you imagine a school without books? Neither can we. That is why we are asking for your books to fill the shelves in the library of the Daraja Academy of Kenya.
The Daraja Academy is a secondary school in Kenya that serves the youth who dream of education, but lack the resources to obtain it. Kenya is a country where less than 40% of students enrolled in primary school will be able to attend secondary school because of costs, disease, and school availability.
The mission of the Daraja Academy is to cultivate a community of individuals with a sense of cultural awareness, social conscience, and environmental responsibility, all while instilling talents that will enable them to open doors to a global society. The Daraja Academy is a boarding school serving Form 1 – 4 students, the U.S. equivalent of high school.
A boarding school is essential in educating the entire student as it provides all the necessities that the students may not be receiving at home. Daraja Academy will be opening its doors to students in January of 2009.
Daraja is Swahili for bridge. The Daraja Academy will be a bridge for the poor who couldn’t afford secondary school, and for girls who are most likely to marry without an education. A bridge out of the slums, showing students there are other ways of living. A bridge from education to application—giving them practical and applicable skills that will prepare them for a vocation or for higher education. A bridge for US volunteers and students to experience Africa and to see how the world is interconnected. The Daraja Academy will be a bridge from who the students are now to who they want to be.
We can’t do this without your help and without your books. What we need are reference materials, books related to math, science, world history and geography, and age appropriate fiction and non-fiction novels for high school students. What we don’t need is mass marketed fiction, like romance or mystery novels, self help books, or American history books. The books should also be in new or newish condition. We will also accept monetary donations to help buy other books we need and to pay for shipping the books to Kenya. Please tell your friends!
For more information check out our website: www.daraja-academy.org
Please send books to:
2210 Las Gallinas
San Rafael, CA 94903
Daraja means Bridge, and You are Daraja