On Friday, August 2nd, Daraja Academy hosted a community event at The Lily Pond Arts Centre in Nanyuki, Kenya. Daraja administrators, teachers and 4 students from each form, including transition students were in attendance along with community members from Laikipia County.
There were employees of the County government in attendance, representatives from Kenya Women Finance Trust, Mpala Research Centre, and even the Laikipia Minister of Education.
Ruth and Mercy (F1) greeted guests at the door with informational brochures before they entered the event to converse and learn about Daraja with students and staff.
After mingling, guests sat down to watch the two Daraja Films, Girls of Daraja and School of my Dreams. This was followed by a short question and answer period where community members learned more about the school.
Sammy, an Environmental Educational Officer from the Laikipia Wildlife Forum expressed his sincere gratitude for the school. “I am amazed at what is happening at this school and I am looking forward to working with these girls in the world.”
“You will very soon see the fruits of your labor, I appreciate what you are doing,” said James, a community member.
Wilson, a business owner in Nanyuki, shared some wisdom, “If you want to be happy for a few years, plant trees. If you want to be happy for a lifetime, plant people. These girls are your plants, you will be so blessed.”
The event was one of immense success and outpouring support. The Minister of Education wrapped up the night:
“Daraja is more than just a school, it is a great idea that has been given flesh. This is just the beginning, and we are very happy to celebrate with you. Each of these girls looks like an individual, but they are all communities within themselves. This is a social investment, Daraja is creating a new generation which will transform our country.”
“Daraja means bridge,” started Principal Victoria, “and we are Daraja.”