San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Dear friends and supporters of Daraja Academy,
Happy 2013! As the light of each day grows brighter, I want to thank all of you for caring about Daraja, and for your generosity in helping these wonderful girls realize their dreams of changing the world! Daraja Academy is a free four-year boarding secondary school for girls in Nanyuki, Kenya. Many of you have provided scholarships for the girls, health care, school supplies, and one of the favorite investments - the cows that provide much-needed milk. All of the cows are flourishing; Karen can turn water faucets on, and there is one baby bull.
I am preparing for this year’s fundraiser and hope you will save the date: Saturday, May 18th, 2013 at the wonderful David Brower Center in Berkeley. This year, Jason and Jenni Doherty, the soulful founders of Daraja Academy, will be with us, sharing the stories and triumphs of the school. We will also show the new film, School of My Dreams, that I produced with Emmy-Award winning director, Barbara Rick.
The new class of Freshmen will arrive on campus in a few weeks, and the Seniors will graduate in August. This is monumental! I hope each one of you feels my loving gratitude for all you have done to create this success.
Most beloved Reverend Archbishop Tutu calls Daraja Academy “my school” because he knows how devoted I am to seeing these girls finish their educations, and fulfill their dreams in the world.
It is an exciting year for Daraja Academy, and I hope to see you all at my annual fundraiser in Berkeley. It will be a love fest!
A formal email invitation will arrive in early April~
Meanwhile, please know that the girls and I send our deepest joy and gratitude to you all!
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Deborah Santana is an author, philanthropist, advocate for peace and social justice, and mother of three extremely loved children. Her memoir, Space Between The Stars: My Journey to an Open Heart, was published in March 2005.
Ms. Santana is founder of Do A Little, a donor-advised fund at the San Francisco Foundation that supports women and girls in the areas of health, education and happiness. She supports varied organizations and has traveled widely, experiencing the lives of Nelson Mandela to schoolgirls in Kenya.
Ms. Santana believes life is to be lived with integrity, compassion and love. She tells her personal stories to share her strength and encourage others on the journey.