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MAASAI GIRLS EDUCATION FUND
May 13, 2010

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.

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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.

Ways to make it better...

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.

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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

MY ROLE:
Board Member & Started as a sponsor (donor) for one girl, visited Schools in Kenya, helped with administrative work, reviewed student folders, etc.