Maasai Girls Education Fund

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5800 MacArthur Blvd Nw Washington DC 20016 USA

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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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4 people found this review helpful

From the scholarships to the Life Skills and Women Business Training workshops, Maasai Girls Education Fund (MGEF) is unwavering in their mission to improve the literacy, health and economic well-being of Maasai women in Kenya and their families through education of girls and their communities. The dedication of the board and staff in both the United States and Kenya is unsurpassable as they continue the legacy of MGEF founder Barbara Lee Shaw. This summer I traveled to Kenya and had the pleasure to meet many of these young women and girls. It was so inspiring to witness their heart and determination to reach their dreams despite the many obstacles they have to endure.

 
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There are not many ways that one can truly make a difference in a young girl's life and by extension change the course of a community and the world. Sponsoring a student through MGEF is one of those ways and I am so grateful to them for proving me with the opportunity to sponsor a student and helping educate Maasai girls. The program is second to none and deserves our utmost trust and support. Well done MGEF - keep up the great work!

 
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Empowering women worldwide. THIS is how it is done.

 
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Maasai Girls education fund is a great organization that changes lives in all different perspectives. Mgef is run by heart and a fire that will never burn out.

 
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I am very impressed with the organization, which does a great deal with very limited resources and a small but exceptionally dedicated staff in Kenya and at the home office in DC.

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My mother, Barbara Lee Shaw, founded the Maasai Girls Education Fund (MGEF) in 2000. She died of cancer in 2013, and I, an Emergency Physician in the Washington, DC area, am proud to inherit the honor of her legacy.
MGEF primarily puts Maasai girls and young women through school who would otherwise not have a chance at education. Most would instead be forced into early marriage (we have rescued girls as young as nine years old from marriage). Our mission is to improve the literacy, health, and economic well-being of Maasai women in Kenya and their families through the education of girls and their communities. To this end, we also conduct Maasai Community and Women's Business Training Workshops (which include start-up loans), but our first commitment is to sponsoring Maasai girls in school. We support our students in all ways, and we see them through to the highest level of achievement their abilities and ambition allow.
All MGEF scholarships are purely need based, and we currently have more than 100 girls in school. Since 2000, we have graduated nearly 50 more--strong, young Maasai women now, and role models for others as they return to their communities to work as teachers, nurses, and business owners, to name a few of their chosen professions. Many more scholarship students are on the verge of their own graduations and success. One MGEF scholarship recipient for the last 9 years, for example, is about to enter her final year of medical school at the University of Nairobi School of Medicine. Another young Maasai woman, supported by MGEF since 2002, has just started law school, also in Nairobi, Kenya.
I am proud of my mother, her life's work, and all she created in MGEF that inspires and helps others become all they can be and that they deserve the chance to become. Barbara Shaw loved her Maasai sisters, her daughters, her friends--and, in making her vision my own, I am committed to keeping MGEF the personal, just, efficient, culturally respectful, and incredibly effective organization she created it to be. MaasaiGirlsEducation.org

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I have been involved with MGEF as a donor since it started more than a decade ago, and never has money been better spent. I have met the girls who benefit from MGEF sponsorship, and seen them change from shy, deferential girls into strong, confident, self-empowered young women who believe in themselves. Thanks to MGEF's efforts, Maasai mothers are seeing their daughters respected and admired for their abilities, their independence, their education--for qualities they themselves never believed possible for a woman in their society. Younger sisters and neighbors have role models in the young women MGEF has supported. Even fathers who once refused to speak to daughters who ran away and were sheltered in schools paid for by MGEF are now seeing the benefits of educating their daughters, as their daughters return to their Maasai communities and provide for their families financially in amounts never previously equaled. These same fathers who once were ashamed of their daughters for seeking an education are now commanding their sons to educate their daughters! Because of the Maasai Girls Education Fund's vision and commitment, many, many lives are changing for the better. I will continue to support the MGEF's mission without question, and recommend it to anyone wanting to help make a real difference in the world.

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The MGEF is a great example of directly empowering "the change (we) wish to see in the world." The young women educated through MGEF will be catalysts for change in their families, communities, and country. It is a privilege to have participated in this work, and I look forward to hearing of the continued efforts and growth of MGEF, and the success of its scholars.

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I came across MGEF by chance, looking for a sanitary pad charity to support in Africa. Having found their website, and started reading about the girls who needed sponsorship, I immediately knew that I had found a charity which could truly turn my donation into life-changing support for girls. I started off by supporting Nashipae in her final year of university to become a teacher, and also this year have started supporting Janet through school. This charity is run on a very small shoestring. There are no gimmicks. You don't get fancy mailings asking you to send a Christmas card to your chosen student. There are no offices full of marketeers and HR people. It's about as close as you can get to 100% of your money going to the people and the community you are looking to help. Do check out their Facebook page, and the wonderful photos of the MGEF girls. You will, I am sure, have your heart strings tugged by the joy they show at the opportunity they now have to learn. An amazing charity, please support it in whatever way you can.

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MGEF is quite simply a model non-profit. It is small, efficient and has a sustainable model involving local people. We have been delighted to be supporters of the organization and to introduce it to others. Supporting students is a life changing, not only for the students, but for their families and villages. This organization is truly a tribute to the vision and drive of their founder, Barbara Shaw.

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MGEF is so amazing. I first learned of them in 2011 when I was asked if my foundation, Reverse The Course, could provide immediate help for a young girl who had been married at age 12. Two years have passed, and we now have funded 5 Maasai girls. I think one of the things that makes Maasai Girls' Education Fund stand out is that they work on several fronts to help the girls in need, and just as importantly, they also do a lot of work building relationships with the village elders. They do not come in and try to impose their values, but they work to help village elders see the community benefit of educating girls. The village elders then play a role in helping families understand the value of sending their daughters' to school. That joint approach helps MGEF to be really successful and gives the girls not just much-needed financial commitment but also community support. - Thanks for all you do! MG, Reverse The Course

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