Maasai Girls Education Fund

Rating: 5 stars   60 reviews

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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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3 people found this review helpful

The MGEF is doing an outstanding job providing an education for girls in the Maasai tribe. We have funded a student for years and it has been an honor to do so. The staff is small, organized and devoted to their task. If you are looking to make a difference, think about funding a MGEF student.

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2012

 
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Over the years we have made donations to various organizations but none have made the positive impact MGEF had made on the lives of Maasai girls and their homeland. Barbara Shaw is outstanding in her leadership of MGEF and it is an honor to contribute to her mission.

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We support one Maasai girl's education from grade school through high school. We have watched her grow from a young grade schooler to a lovely young lady in high school. Her education will assist, beyond measure, her life, her family and community.

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About once a year

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2010-1-01

 
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This non-profit is awesome for what they do with a minute staff and a limited budget. The work they do truly benefits on an immediate and long term basis the lives of girls and young women of the Maasai people of Kenya. Helping these girls and young women, many of whom are orphans, to gain an education and escape child marriage are the goals of MGEF and one that they pursue with dedication and grace.

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MFEG is an amazing organization. I truly believe that the answer to many of the world's greatest challenges is to educate women. When you educate a girl, you give her the opportunity to make a better life for herself, her family, and her community. As a donor, I know that giving to MGEF is a excellent investment and one that will make a difference in lives of their students.

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2011

 
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Maasai Girls Education Fund is, without a doubt, the most effective small nonprofit I support. As a donor, I know that my contribution is positively impacting young Kenyan girls and their communities. What a gift to know that as little as $10 can send several children to a Life Skills workshop. When the President, Barbara Lee Shaw, sends updates, I learn exactly how MGEF is changing lives, and how I am a part of that change. I wholeheartedly encourage others to join the cause.

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2011

 
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I learned of the Maasai Girls Education fun through my church. I realized that while it only takes $250 to fund one year of schooling for one child, I was wearing a pair of $100 shoes and had at least two more pairs at home that cost that much. I was ashamed that I was not doing more for people like the Maasai girls. I further looked at the organization and realized how committed the leaders were and knew I could make a difference - a small difference but yet a difference. People ask me why I choose to fund this organization when there are many need within the United States. I answer, "Yes, there are many needy in the United States and many outstretched hands to help them. The Maasai girls deserve this chance also so I have extended what I can to them. Not only my parents but community members helped me to get a bachelor's and master's degree - it's now my turn to pay it forward."

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By sending money every month I am able to support at least one primary schoolchild and some years two. I've always wished it was more.

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About every month

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2010-5-01

 
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We are delighted with the excellent manner in which this NGO is run and the terrific results in helping young Maasai women get and education that helps them, their families, and their community. We know our contributions are making a difference and our confidence in the organization sustains our own contributions and is the reason we recommend Massai Girls Education Fund to others. Overall, we rate it at the top of organizations we support.

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Hearing from the young woman that we support.

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About every month

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2010-5-01

 
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I am a literacy educator interested in social justice and equity issues. The Maasai Girls Education Fund represents an exceptional model of education reform for any number of reasons: (a) It is a "system" level project that enjoys enthusiastic support from the Ministry of Education, the learners, the school system and educators, the business and local communities, and the families themselves. (b) MGEF is uniquely positioned to provide positive, non-ideological solutions to deep cultural, economic and political challenges faced by a people that embrace the need for change and trust the MGEF and Barbara Shaw. (c) MGEF is a strong organization run by extraordinarily capable, committed and tireless leader, Barbara Shaw. On a personal level, my family has provided tuition support for a MGEF student for the past eight years. We have watched her blossom from a shy, struggling student to a confident, academicaly focused young woman. This transformation has not only radically enhanced the life of this person, but her entire family as well. I cannot overstate the profound contribution of MGEF--for the families and communities of Kenya, and for the future teachers who learn about MGEF in their teacher preparation program at VCU. Bill Muth VCU

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We have sponsored a girl in the MGEF, and wathed her blossom over the past 8 years. Our own daughter spent a month visiting the program, and it changed her life forever.

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

 
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After a visit to Kenya a couple of years ago to learn about the role of women in the Maasai culture, I came to understand just how important education is for women in a male dominated culture. These women are struggling daily just to feed and educate their children -most without any help from the men of their communities. The women take care of everything including building the houses, caring for animals, toting the water and firewood daily, caring for the children, cooking, etc. - on the side they find ways to bring in enough money to pay for the education of their children through the sale of beadwork, charcoal, milk, etc. It is a hard life and their faces show it but they are still the kindest people you will ever meet and they still have hope. When I returned home, I found the Massai Girl's Education Fund and immediately began to fund the education of a Maasai girl through them after talking to Barbara Shaw (yes, you can actually talk with the director of this organization)- all of the money I send goes directly to the girl I fund - it is not filtered out along the way - Barbara has worked hard to insure this both here and in Kenya. And the money is not spent on fancy brochures or websites - it is used for real purpose! Thanks Barbara for a job well done and I will continue to help support your girls.

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I send a check annually to provide education for a Maasai girl in Kajiado, Kenya. I personally know Maasai women in Kenya that know of the work of Barbara's organization in Kajiado so I have firsthand evidence of her contribution to this effort.

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About once a year

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2010-5-01

 
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I have been fortunate to donate on a small scale to this 'mission' of Barbara Lee Shaw from its earliest beginnings. I have seen her steadfast dedication to improving the lives of many girls of Kenya...and happy to see the success of both parties. It is through the single-mindedness of single individuals like Barbara and Greg Mortenson that the larger public can meaningfully engage the worthy task of changing for the better not only the girls involved but their families and villages for generations to come. I believe the work of the MGEF will be the foundation of future advances in economic, social and polical equality for these girls in particular, but for women in general --everywhere it is lacking now.

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in seeing the positive results of the education gained by these deserving students.

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About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

 
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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.

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.

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One time

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2010-1-01

 
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