The following essay was written by our friend, Barbara Rick, about Daraja’s very first Graduation Day this past August. The essay was originally published in issue No. 8 for Works and Days Quarterly, an online journal of arts, letters, and craft. Visit their webpage to read the full Autumn issue and see the original version of this essay.


Utambulisho is the Kiswahili word for identity.

Four hours north of Nairobi in kenya, on the outskirts of Nanyuki, 25 girls