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Daraja Academy: Changing Lives, One Student at a Time


Inside USD -- College of Arts and Sciences alumnus Jason Doherty ’98 and his wife, Jenni, started and continue to run Daraja Academy in Nanyuki, Kenya, roughly 200 miles north of Nairobi. The Dohertys’ school provides an education and a future for the region’s poorest girls. Through their work, nearly 130 girls have been educated.

The Doherty’s are in San Diego and on campus this week. Inside USD had a chance to catch up with Jason.

Q: Why Daraja? What initially drew you to the region and the mission?

Interestingly enough, even before coming to USD, when I was 13 years old I was lucky enough to visit East Africa. It was a life-changing moment. I knew that I was going to be living my life there. It felt like I was going home as 13 year old. Even going through high school it was Africa, Africa, Africa. When I was looking at schools, I looked at USD because of its great International Relations program. By chance I ended up moving to Africa after graduating, and living at a high school. This is where I got my bug for education and where I met Jenni, my wife. We married each other and I became an African educator. (Full Article)

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