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joan-roberts

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Review for MAASAI GIRLS EDUCATION FUND, Washington, DC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

About 7 years ago I went Kenya on Safari and upon my return I wanted to give something back to that wonderful country and it's woman. I contacted Maasai Girls Education Fund and they found Miriam for me. She was about 8 years old at the time. Her mother had just died from Aids and her family was about to have her circumcised and married off to receive the bride price of cows. Miriam is now a happy young woman going to school with a much brighter future ahead of her. Barbara Shaw is tireless in her work to help these young woman have a better life. I can't imagine a better use of my money than to improve the life of a child.

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

Going to Kenya and meeting Miriam and the other girls face to face to face and seeing first hand what an impact MGEF is having on their lives. Without people sponsoring these girls they would be forced into an early marriage by their families.

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

I have met Barbara Shaw several times and when I went to Kenya I was able to meet all of the board members and staff. All seemed very dedicated to improving the lives of young Maasai girls.

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

Educate and improve the lives of many more Maasai girls

Ways to make it better...

I can't think of anything I would change except maybe funds for a larger staff. Barbara Shaw works tirelessly and it would be great to see her get some help.

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

Finding people that are willing to sponsor a girl. This is a big commitment for a lot of people because the child relies on you to pay for their education until it is completed.

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

I firmly believe that we change the world with one person reaching out and helping another...MGEF does exactly that.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Donor & Sponsor a young maasai woman.