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The Daraja Education Fund (DEF) is a US 501(c)3
organization located in Marin County, California with a mission to advocate for
and advance accessible quality education, especially for girls from poverty in
DEF currently supports the eight-year-old Daraja Academy, a boarding high school
for girls from poverty in Kenya. With its innovative focus on academics,
leadership and women’s empowerment, Daraja educates the whole student. Daraja
continues to be ranked third in the District and in the top 10% of private schools
in Kenya. To date, the program is serving 130 students and has been financially
supported by a national (US) and international network of individuals including
enthusiastic volunteers. Daraja has now graduated 75 students, over 80% of whom
have qualified for college and who are active in their communities.