This year has been magic. The combination of hard work from the Daraja students, staff, volunteers and advocates like you has culminated into an incredible year of both educational and organizational growth.
The girls’ departure from school on December 4th symbolized the end of the academy’s second school year. We’ve composed some of the year’s milestones below so you could see your generosity at work.
26 NEW STUDENTS
The academy opened the gates to a brand new freshman class of 26 remarkable Kenyan girls that show signs of being future Kenyan leaders.
WATER TANKS BUILT
Events at Woodside Priory and University of San Diego collectively raised over $30,000 to ensure a sustainable water source for the campus.
The Sausalito event raised nearly $60,000 for student scholarships. The event’s success motivated host philanthropist Deborah Santana, pictured below in the center with founders Jenni and Jason Doherty, to make it an annual event to help sponsor students.
30+ INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEERS
The newly formalized campus volunteer program hosted over 30 volunteers, the highest number of volunteers in the school’s history. The outstanding volunteers from all over the world have come to campus to implement programs having to do with everything from environmental education to computer technology. Their programs have been an integral part of the girls’ learning this year.
Thanks to Marin County donors, the school was able to establish a computer lab filled with Netbooks (economical notebook computers), flash drives, external hard drives and other essential tools. The project has been instrumental in increasing students’ knowledge of modern technology. We hope to establish internet and electricity next year in order to work on research projects, global correspondence, and other internet skills that are essential for university and the workforce.
The school has begun construction of a brand new dorm. The first wing of the dorm, which is scheduled to finish next month, will provide the infrastructure needed to accommodate the 26 new freshman coming to campus in January. Once the dorm is complete, it will have the ability to house 52 students, 4 dorm matrons, a counseling center, washroom and a multi-purpose room that will seat 150+ people.
Keep spreading the word, fundraising and donating because all of you are you are helping this little project grow into something bigger than any of us could have imagined. Can’t wait to see what the next year will bring!