We had the opportunity to visit Daraja, one of our Kenyan partners, in 2019. Daraja educates and empowers girls living in poverty so they can become community leaders and affect change. After walking through campus with the girls and hearing their stories and learning about their passions, there is no doubt they will be community leaders, and more. We were so impressed with how eloquent and mature these young women are and would love for you to meet some of them! See below for our Daraja interview series!
How does a uniform make you feel? It is like a weapon to me because it differentiates me from other people who are not in school. It protects me from terrible things like rape and without a school uniform, someone might think you are a just a villager.
Why is school important? Because it helps me learn a lot and look forward to my future to change the world.
What inspires you? Seeing people who have succeeded and made a difference in their life
Favorite Subject: Kiswahili and math
How does a uniform make you feel? It gives me confidence to stand up in front of people. It makes me have self worth, self respect and self value.
Why is school important? Once you are in school, you are a valuable person who can stand up for herself
What do you want to be when you grow up? a business woman
Favorite Subject: History
Why is school important? Because it bridges hard work and success
What inspires you? My purpose in this world is to manifest victory
What do you want to be when you grow up? a lawyer or human rights activist
What are you excited about? My sponsors! They believe in me and that is why they opted to donate to me
Favorite Subject: Physics and Geography
Why is school important? It removes me from darkness to light and gives me the motivation to do greater things in life
What inspires you? My home – one day I am going to change it
What do you do when you’re not at school? Talk to youth and give them motivation
What do you want to be when you grow up? a civil engineer and a pilot
How does a uniform make you feel? It is my pride and treasure. It makes me feel proud to be a student and gives me an identity which is an awesome feeling
Why is school important? It makes one overcome ignorance and expand the mind to see great things in a different perspective like an educated person
What inspires you? My background inspires me to work hard since my goal is to become smart to achieve good grades and have a better career after school to change my life
How does a uniform make you feel? It gives me confidence, makes me feel proud and makes me always want to be in school. It promotes equality and love and I can concentrate and focus without fear
What inspires you? My dream job as a news anchor and all those who support my educaiton
What do you do when you’re not in school? I do community service and create awareness on the importance of education
How does a uniform make you feel? It makes me feel so special because I can see myself in the future shining so bright
What inspires you? All the people who support my education and provide my uniform
Who is your hero? I am my own hero because I am great and powerful
What do you want to be when you grow up? a doctor
Favorite Subject: Geography
How does a uniform make you feel? It symbolizes me as a respected individual
Why is school important? Because it is the foundation for a better tomorrow
What inspires you? The investment that people have in my education
What do you want to be when you grow up? an engineer