Oops! You must enter a search term greater than 3 characters.

Invite reviews

Invite friends and colleagues to share their experiences with this nonprofit
40 Reviews
12345
Write A Review
May 26, 2010

more

May 26, 2010

I have had the honor to newly sponsor a girl who is in college and will graduate in 2011. Her plans are to use her college education to teach young girls in her village. She is an excellent student and will be a wonderful role model to the younger girls. Thank you MGEF for all your excellent work.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Helping Maasai girls in realizing their dreams of obtaining education in order to help their community.

More feedback...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 26, 2010

more

May 26, 2010

A development professional once told me that the most effective way to achieve development in an African country is to educate the girls. And that is exactly what MGEF does. When you educate a girl, she develops the skills to earn a living and help support her family. Her knowledge and industry also brings economic benefits as well as new ideas to her village. And the educated young woman herself becomes a role model for the girls who follow her. I believe MGEF does wonderful work. Its work is "on the ground" -- it is culturally sensitive in its dealing with parents, village elders, gender issues, etc. -- and it provides Maasai girls in Kenya an alternative to marriage at the age of eleven or twelve and a life of poverty.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have watched girls starting in first grade, continuing their education through high school and then college or vocational schools, creating careers and professions for themselves that they never would have had without MGEF. It is inspiring.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

MGEF needs more funding so that it can support the education of more girls.

More feedback...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I feel good about being associated with an organization that does such good work.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Staff and volunteers are all nice people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make a positive and significant difference in the economic and cultural life of Kenyans.

Ways to make it better...

My experience has been fine.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Need more publicity to generate more funding so that it can increase the extent and scope of its work.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 25, 2010

more

May 25, 2010

Tell your story here and help others understand this charity I love this group, and look forward to having enough money to give more. They are a 0% OH org that delivers real results in an accountable way that is very easy to participate in. I would love to see them grow!

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've heard from the child we have been supporting, and know that she is well cared for thanks to the organization's efforts.

More feedback...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 25, 2010

more

May 25, 2010

I were in Africa 2005 and experienced the need in the schools there. I knew I wanted to contribute something towards education, the need was so great. Looking online, I found the Maasai Girls Education Fund. I was inspired by how the founder, Barbara Lee Shaw, responded to the need she saw while there as a photographer. I choose one of the students to sponsor, and if I have any question about her needs or progress, Ms Shaw answers me immediately and fully. She knows her students and has such fondness for all their welfare.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my conversations to Ms Shaw and in my correspondence to and from the student I am supporting. She, Sintama, is flourishing and so grateful for this chance to improve not only her life, but her family and community. What a gift to all.

More feedback...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 25, 2010

more

May 25, 2010

For the past five years we have had the pleasure of sponsoring the education of a young Maasai girl. She is now in high school. MGEF has done an exceptional job of changing the lives of many young Maasai girls through education. These girls, when educated, are worth far more than the five cows they bring to their families when they are married off at a young age. With their education, they bring help to their villages, their families and their country. We are proud to be a part of this stellar effort by MGEF to help so many girls and their families.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the amazing progress of the student we sponsor

More feedback...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 25, 2010

more

May 25, 2010

About 7 years ago I went Kenya on Safari and upon my return I wanted to give something back to that wonderful country and it's woman. I contacted Maasai Girls Education Fund and they found Miriam for me. She was about 8 years old at the time. Her mother had just died from Aids and her family was about to have her circumcised and married off to receive the bride price of cows. Miriam is now a happy young woman going to school with a much brighter future ahead of her. Barbara Shaw is tireless in her work to help these young woman have a better life. I can't imagine a better use of my money than to improve the life of a child.

Photos

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I went to Kenya with Barbara Shaw several years ago and saw first hand the wonderful work she does with these young Maasai girls. We visited each school where the girls attend and met with teachers and principals.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of any changes I would make at this time.

More feedback...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Going to Kenya and meeting Miriam and the other girls face to face to face and seeing first hand what an impact MGEF is having on their lives. Without people sponsoring these girls they would be forced into an early marriage by their families.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I have met Barbara Shaw several times and when I went to Kenya I was able to meet all of the board members and staff. All seemed very dedicated to improving the lives of young Maasai girls.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Educate and improve the lives of many more Maasai girls

Ways to make it better...

I can't think of anything I would change except maybe funds for a larger staff. Barbara Shaw works tirelessly and it would be great to see her get some help.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Finding people that are willing to sponsor a girl. This is a big commitment for a lot of people because the child relies on you to pay for their education until it is completed.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I firmly believe that we change the world with one person reaching out and helping another...MGEF does exactly that.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 21, 2010

more

May 21, 2010

I first became familar with the Maasai Girls Education Fund through my work in women's international development. I remember working with Barbara Lee Shaw, MGEF's President, to communicate the story of Simantoi Kilama, an MGEF graduate who is now earning a living as a nurse due to MGEF's support. Hearing Simantoi explain how she was using her income to buy shoes, supplies, and school uniforms for her family and children in her community made me realize just how impactful MGEF's work is: by investing in girls' education, MGEF is having a ripple effect on Maasai communities. It is improving the lives of far more than those of the graduates themselves. In addition to being such an impactful organization, MGEF enjoys the leadership of Barbara Lee Shaw, a dynamic and effective organizer and manager. Throughout my time volunteering, I've been continually amazed by Barbara's drive and creativity.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've been particular impressed by MGEFG's approach to overcoming obstacles, which is both practical and idealistic: MGEF works with community members to craft programs that merge cultural sensitivity with its mission of educating Maasai women.

More feedback...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 20, 2010

more

May 20, 2010

It is indeed a pleasure to write a review for Maasai Girls Education Fund. With over 35 years of professional and volunteer work with international organizations, I rank MGEF at the very top. The leadership is passionately committed to improving the lives of young women in the Maasai community which has a more limited access to education than the Kenyan national average. The program approach to educating students from primary through post secondary education to obtain a job is unique. Not only are the lives of the women affected, families and their community benefit. MGEF also conducts life skills workshops for the upper grades at primary schools. This program reflects the sincere commitment to educating an individual which in turn educates a community. Melanie Williams

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

At the Students’ Reception in March 2010, I witnessed the roomful of young women who came to give their testimony to the MGEF program. They sang beautifully and spoke eloquently of the difference that MGEF has made in their lives.

More feedback...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 19, 2010

more

May 19, 2010

We found MGEF on the web, while looking for help in supporting a girl we knew in Kenya. Barbara Shaw and the MGEF is without a doubt one of the most effective organizations for the empowerment of women and girls I have ever encountered. The positive social changes that have come about and will continue as these young women are educated and return to their communities cannot be overestimated. The MGEF website tells the story well, but there is so much more to it.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching the progress of the young woman we support.

More feedback...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 16, 2010

more

May 16, 2010

I have had the privilege of seeing Barbara create the MGEF according to the vision that came to her that first time she went back to Kenya. I have known her since our school days and knew immediately how uniquely qualified she is to make a non-profit like this work and how completely scrupulously she would see to the administration of it for the benefit of the girls, the culture and the future. I chose to support the general fund to give Barbara as much leeway as possible to take care of needs as they arose.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the growth in the number of successful students and having followed the individual girls by means of the regular updates from MGEF and from some minor volunteer work involved in the video on the web site.

More feedback...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Filter by reviewer role:

Support This Nonprofit

Help this nonprofit get more reviews

5 tips for getting reviews

5 tips for getting reviews...

  1. Sending an email to clients, volunteers, donors, board members, and other partners with a link to your profile page.
  2. Putting a link on your Web site
  3. Including a link in your email newsletter
  4. Putting a link in the signature of your email
    Putting a link on your facebook page and status updates
  5. Tweeting out a link to your twitter followers