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From left, Jenni Doherty and Jason Doherty, co-founders of Daraja Academy in Kenya, with Schola, a student at the school. Jenni Doherty will speak at the Del Mar-Leucadia Branch of the American Association of University Women fundraiser Feb. 1. Courtesy photo
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AAUW brings Kenya to you

DEL MAR — The public is invited to a “Trip Around The World: A Taste of Diversity,” an international food tasting with a program about Daraja Academy in Kenya. The Del Mar-Leucadia Branch of the American Association of University Women presents the fundraising event 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 1, at the Encinitas Community Center Banquet Hall, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive.

Enjoy tasting foods from a variety of cultures, hearing about a special school for girls in Kenya, and choosing a raffle or silent auction item. Guests are invited to wear ethnic attire.

The program will feature Jenni Doherty, co-founder of Daraja Academy in Kenya, who will speak on “Empowering Girls to Become Leaders.” Jenni and Jason Doherty have spent 11 years working with more than 322 girls who live in poverty. Their vision is that one day every girl receives the education, empowerment, and life-skills training she needs to better her own life and the lives of her family and community. The event will support AAUW Fund, Tech Trek, College Scholarships and General Fund for programs that support education and equity for women and girls. Tickets are $40 per person and the reservation deadline is Jan. 26. To make a reservation, go to

AAUW is a national organization that advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Membership is open to all college graduates with an associate or higher degree. AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership. The Del Mar-Leucadia Branch serves north coastal San Diego communities and reflects the varied interests of its members with monthly meetings which are open to the public and special interest groups such as Great Decisions, and dining, book, movie, and bridge groups.