Thursday, February 4, 2010

Daraja Academy

Daraja Academy is East Africa’s first completely free secondary boarding school for girls. It is the organization that Paria and I have been devoting much of our time to the past six months, and it is where we are living for the next six months.

The campus itself is the site of the former Baraka school for boys from Baltimore MD (that was featured in the popular documentary The Boys Of Baraka). It is located approximately 25 km north-west of the town of Nanyuki, Kenya. The closest town to daraja is called Naibor (pronounced Nigh-Bo) and is maybe two km away.

The founders are Jason and Jenni Doherty, a couple from Marin county who both have a background in education and a passion for making the world a better place. They spent years researching and planning the best way to help the communities here. The ultimate decision was to help a limited number of girls but help them completely. Daraja accomplishes this by providing food, housing, uniforms and everything else the girls need on campus so issues of everyday survival will not hinder their education. The idea is that they will then be able to use their education to improve their community.

One of the most attractive things about this organization is the fact that there is such little overhead cost. There is only ONE employee making over $5,000 a year and even she is vastly underpaid. This allows the donations that people make to go directly to the needs of the girls.

For more information on Daraja Academy go to


  1. Hey buddy its Murph and I am following you through my company blogging account. I have 0 funds to help out right now, but Vetrazzo has a good reach into the philanthropic community so I will promote the link to Daraja-Academy through our social media platform and see if we can get you some extra cash.

    I spent 2 months in South Africa... which is about 22 months short of how long I would have liked to stay. Kick ass out there man for all of us that wish we were there to lend a hand.

  2. I'm sorry that I didn't see you before your grand adventure but can't wait to read all about it. It is a wonderful and exciting thing you are embarking on. Plus I think the founders of the school are Dominican Credential graduates! Take it all in as I have no doubt it will be life altering. ~Karey