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Target demographics: Daraja students are selected from all four corners of Kenya and have excellent academic scores and leadership skills but do not have the financial means to continue their education. Acceptance into Daraja Academy is a positive change for the girls' future.

Geographic areas served: Kenya

Programs: Daraja Academy is one of only a few secondary schools in East Africa that actually interviews its prospective students. Where other schools base their student intake solely on the grades, Daraja has a thorough student selection process that emphasizes recruiting leaders. Our innovative educational model melds the traditionally rigorous Kenyan educational standards with innovative teaching practices like project-based learning (PBL), research field trips and community partnerships. A 13:1 student-teacher ratio means that our students enjoy the benefits of personalized instruction. In addition to an effective academic curriculum, the academy has four main focus areas:

- Female Empowerment
- Community Responsibility
- Cross-Cultural Education
- Personal and Career Development

Mission:
Daraja Academy in Kenya is a revolutionary school that empowers smart and driven girls to be leaders of change. The student body consists of girls that were at the top of their classes but didn't have the means to continue school. Daraja Academy provides the girls four year high school scholarships to allow them to be architects of their own futures.
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The school opened its gates in 2009 and will be celebrating its first graduating class in 2012!

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09/03/13
Daraja changes lives. It transforms eager girls into proud, intelligent, inspirational, true Women of Integrity, Strength and Hope. I am forever grateful to Daraja, the girls, staff, other volunteers and all of those that work on campus for changing my life. There is not a day that goes by that I ... more »
11/13/12
I just spent about a month and a half this summer at Daraja and I can confidently say that no other time in my life has impacted me in such a way. I knew going into my time there that the girls attending Daraja would blow me away but I couldn't have anticipated that knowing them would change my ... more »
11/12/12
I knew from the moment I arrived on campus that I would take more from my experience with the girls at Daraja than I could ever give. The students, and everyone else on campus, are the warmest, most inviting and inspiring people I've ever met. Sometimes they're silly, rambunctious teenagers, then ... more »
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