May 1, 2015
I have believed in and supported the Daraja Academy, a free boarding school for girls in Nanyuki, Kenya, for six years. One of the great attributes of Daraja Academy is that it empowers girls to become creators, activists, and leaders of our world.
Daraja’s founders & I connect through our shared values & our belief that girls deserve to be highly educated & given access to health care, sex education, & the inspiration of women around the world who guide them to success. We are kindred souls.
No Ceilings: The Full Participation Report sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates & the Clinton Foundations writes: “Today, we have strong evidence that when women and girls participate fully, economies grow and nations are more secure. Awareness of women’s rights has spread from the streets to state capitals. Powerful tools, such as technology, and a broad range of partners—from the private sector to the faith community—offer the opportunity to accelerate the full participation of women and girls. Now is the time to continue that work so we can ensure a promising future for the next generation of women and girls, along with their families, communities, and countries…However, gaps in education remain, and marginalized girls lag farthest behind.
Poor, rural, minority, and conflict-affected girls are significantly less likely to be educated. Almost two-thirds of the world’s illiterate adults—496 million—are women, many of whom are disadvantaged. Despite a narrowing of the gender gap in secondary education, many girls remain out of school. Although more girls are attending secondary school, and the gap between the sexes has narrowed from 92 girls per 100 boys enrolled in 1998 to 96 girls today, in some regions too many girls are still out of secondary school. Less than a third of girls in Sub-Saharan Africa and fewer than half in South Asia are enrolled in secondary school. These are also the regions most likely to charge tuition fees at the secondary level.”
This is exactly why we raise funds to pay the tuitions for the girls at Daraja Academy – to close this gap.
Being kind to others & sharing abundance has been called charity. In medieval times, charity was considered a ‘personal action evoked by dearness & contributing to the well-being of its giver as well as its receiver.’ (Dr. Victoria Sweet – God’s Hotel pg. 255)
This is true for me. By contributing to the well-being of Daraja Academy girls, I have well-being, fullness, & a life so much better than it was before I knew Daraja Academy (http://daraja-academy.org/).
Please watch this video of a news story about two students & the principal’s visit to America: www.abc7news.com/video