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MAASAI GIRLS EDUCATION FUND
May 10, 2010

On my first trip to Nairobi, I met these two young girls at a well dedication in the upcountry. When I returned to the US, my heart was burdened for these two young girls and I did not know why. I had a friend returning a few months later and I begged him to find "my girls" and see what they needed. I gave him a photo and told him the general area of where I saw them. And he found them--my friend met with the chief and the parents of the girls and the mother and the chief agreed that if I send the girls to boarding school, that the father would not be permitted to give the oldest in marriage when she turned 12--she was 11 at the time and the younger one who was 10, alomst 11. I agreed. On my next visit to Nairobi, I visited the girls in the school and became VERY concerned because the amount of money that I was sending for school was more than I paid for my nephews private school fees and tuition, but the school my girls were in was very "unkept" and had very few books/supplies. Discouraged, I returned to the US and was searching online and found Barbara and the Maasai Girls Education Fund. I called Barbara and spoke with her at lengths about my situation and she investigated the matter on her next trip to Nairobi and informed me that the school that my girls were attending was "known" to take advantage of American donors. She recommended some schools in Kajiado District that she deals with on a regular basis. I spoke the the mother of my girls and Barbara's liaison in Kenya (Lucy) and we picked a school that was more suitable for my girls. On my next trip to Nairobi, I visited with my girls in their new school and met with the headmaster and Lucy. I was very pleased with the progress that my girls were making in school and the appearance of the facility. I was VERY BLESSED to have found Barbara and Maasai Girls Education Fund. I know that every dollar that I send for the education and welfare of my two girls is spent directly for their education and welfare. And, when I have overpaid due to favorable currency exchange rates, Barbara notifies me and modifies the next year's fees to account for the overpayment. The Maasai Girls Education Fund works on the principles of INTEGRITY and ACCOUNTABILITY. Not to mention that they are very knowledgable of the issues directly affecting the Maasai girls: lack of education, early marriage, and female genital mutilation--it is this knowledge that creates a GENUINE concern to help the young girls--AND THAT ATTRACTED ME TO THIS ORGANIZATION. Thank you for helping me help educate and empower my girls. You are truly and God-send.

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

Assistance in providing quality education for my girls. I also receive hand written letters from my girls on a regular basis. When Barabara goes to Nairobi, she also emails me with updates about my girls.

Ways to make it better...

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

I am not aware of any changes that need to be made.

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

Their INTGRITY and ACCOUNTABILITY.

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

Very helpful and knowledgeable of the situation and how to best help me to help my girls

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

Provide a quality education for EVERY Maasai girl in Kenya...or better yet, build its own schools to educate the Maasai girls.

Ways to make it better...

I had found them first.

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

probably funding based on the current economy.

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

Thank you Barbara (US) and Lucy (Nairobi) for helping me to be able to help my girls and for being such awesome women who are kind and passionate about educating young women.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Donor & I sponsor 2 young Maasai girls.