Maasai Girls Education Fund

Rating: 5 stars   40 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Arts & Culture, Education, Women

Location: 5800 MacArthur Blvd Nw Washington DC 20016 USA

Mission: In Kenya, Maasai women have one of the lowest literacy rates in the country due to poverty and social and cultural institutions that deny women the right to an education. MGEF is working to economically empower Maasai women by educating girls and women, and the Maasai Community.
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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I have been associated with this charity for more than 10 years. I have listened and watched as Barbara Shaw, the driving force for this organization, dealt with governmental obstacles, cultural differences, prejudice against girls and women to ensure an organization that would support girls to obtain education and/or training that would provide the skills needed to earn money, return to their community to provided needed services, thereby increasing the economic, health, and education opportunities in their own community. The girls receive scholarships with the expectation that they will help other girls to realize they do not have to marry at age 13, but have other options. I have seen one girl return to her community as a nurse, providing needed health care, and raising the standard of living for her parents and other relatives. This organization works hard to keep the girls in school and find the best educational or vocational training that will lead to economic independence.

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

working with the data that identifies efforts to recruit, retain and educate girls. reviewed financial records noting that all funds from individual donations are used to educate girls.

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

not make any major changes. Changes might include finding funding sources for salaries to run the organization. Currently, the director and others are volunteers.

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

seeing the girls express their gratitude to receive an education and a chance to go to college.

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

happy to be able to help provide educational opportunities for girls who otherwise would not go to school, and especially happy to prevent early marriages.

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

Replicate the model currently in effecto to empower girls and women in Kenya

Ways to make it better...

N/A

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

finding and obtaining funds to support administrative activities. Currrently those activities are provided on a volunteer basis, mainly by the founder and executive director of MGEF.

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

This is the most effective organization to empower girls and women towards economic independence that I have been able to find through the internet or other information.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

Our family has been supporting the Maasai Girls Education Fund (MGEF) since its inception by sponsoring the education fees for several of its participants, girls who would otherwise not have the opportunity to go to school. MGEF, and its director, Barbara Shaw, have not only enabled the education of dozens of girls, including several who have now graduated from school and have productive jobs in their communities, but have also successfully made inroads into changing the mindset of the Maasai to support women's education and to recognize the positive ramifications of women's education on families and community welfare. We highly recommend supporting this organization.

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

my family by supporting several girls' education.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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