In the aftermath of the attack on Kenya’s Westgate Mall in Nairobi, the country responded with unity: thousands of people came out to support the country by donating blood to the Kenyan Red Cross in order to help the victims of the tragedy.

Inspired by this, Daraja Academy administration booked a blood drive with the Red Cross in order to give students the opportunity to give back to those in need across the country. Because of the generosity the country has shown, the Red Cross did not have time to come by Daraja until last week.

Nearly half of the eligible-to-donate Daraja Academy community decided to donate blood. Although the blood donated from Daraja’s campus may not be going directly to victims of the attack, since it was nearly a month ago, students and staff felt good about their contribution to the Red Cross and Kenya as a whole.

After a short presentation to the girls, Red Cross volunteers and representatives began to set up their donation space in the lounge outside of a dormitory, Utamu Hall. Girls filled out their donation forms and lined up excitedly for a prick-test, blood pressure test, and a turn on the scale to see if they were eligible. These tests were meant to test overall health, iron levels, and weight, as donors must weight at least 50 kg and be at least 16 years old.