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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Civil Rights, Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Fund Raising & Fund Distribution, Higher Education, Literacy, Women, Womens Rights

Mission: 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.

Programs: Scholarships: mgef provides scholarships to needy girls in kajiado county, kenya, from primary school through university.

workshops: mgef organizes life skills workshops for girls and boys in primary schools to address the social factors and cultural beliefs that prevent girls from getting an education, including early marriage, teen pregnancy, female genital cutting, and hiv; mgef provides business training workshops to rural maasai women; mgef holds community workshops for chiefs, elders, and their wives to reduce early marriage, teen pregnancy, female genital cutting, and the spread of hiv.

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4 Tracey.MGEF

Board Member

Rating: 5

A bit about the Maasai Girls Education Fund, from the daughter of MGEF Founder, Barbara Lee Shaw The Maasai Girls Education Fund works to raise the status of Maasai women in Kenya and end poverty by educating girls, women, and the Maasai community. Our Scholarship Program sponsors Maasai girls from primary school through university who otherwise would not be in school. Our Community Education Program holds workshops for Maasai girls, boys, women, and men to focus on the cultural practices and beliefs that keep girls out of school. We work in partnership with a Community Based Organization that we co-founded and fund. It is managed by Maasai women, and includes a network of 43 women and 14 chiefs who volunteer throughout the area where we work. Scholarships Program: Since 2000, our Scholarships Program has sponsored 179 girls from pre-school to university. Many were rescued from child marriages as young as nine years old, and one from child labor. Three key policies: NUMBER 1: Our scholarships are based on need, not merit. They go to girls like: Jane Tulasha who was discovered when she was 8 years old selling food to construction workers to earn money for her family. She had never enrolled in school. Her sisters were married off at ages 12 and 14. She is now in the eighth grade. And Emily Namunyene, whose mother died when she was ten years old. She had just completed the second grade. Her father was so old that he was unable to take care of her so she was left in the care of an older sister and her husband. Her uncle refused to send her to school and had planned to marry her off when one of the Kajiado volunteers asked MGEF to save her. She has now graduated from the University of Nairobi with a certificate in International Studies. And Reson Mpatinae who was actually married off at 9 years old. With the help of women activists, she was rescued and brought to the Kajiado Adventist School which has a shelter for girls. Reson cannot go home. She is supported by MGEF, safely enrolled in boarding school. These are just a few stories of many, many more MGEF-supported girls whose parents simply cannot afford school fees. NUMBER 2: We do not drop students for any reason. Since our scholarships are based on need, we don’t know how our students will perform in school. Many of our students struggle throughout primary and secondary school. When they are having trouble, we mentor them, we encourage them, we stay with them, and they graduate and go on to vocational schools. Some even go to colleges and universities. Without exception, every single poor-performing student has excelled in post-secondary school, and all who have graduated are employed and self-sustaining. MGEF's graduation rate from primary school is 95% (compared to 29% of Kenya's general Maasai population); MGEF's transition rate from primary to secondary school is 98% (compared to 18%); MGEF's graduation rate from secondary school is 87% (versus 8%); MGEF's transition rate from secondary to postsecondary education is 95% (versus 3%); and MGEF's graduation rate from postsecondary enrollment is 97% (compared with


Client Served

Rating: 5

Caroline is a direct beneficiary who was taken through a college and university from 2006-2013.
A graduate nurse now working with an inter national christian organization among women and children under five years.
MGEF has helped me live my dream and realize my life purpose.


Client Served

Rating: 5

I am Gloria Kotente Mumeita, a beneficiary of MGEF and a medical student at The University of Nairobi,Kenya. MGEF started sponsoring me in 2007 when I was in my second year in high school because my parents could not afford to pay my fee. I graduated high school with an A- and MGEF continued paying my university fee. I have finished my fourth year of medical school and am doing my medical rotation at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland where Tracey Pyles, the MGEF president works, and the National Institute of Health. I am getting the best experience and getting to interact and learn from the best doctors in the world thanks to MGEF. MGEF not only pays our school fees but help in instilling good values in us through their mentoring workshops. MGEF for us is not just an organization but a family. Thank you MGEF for helping me realize my dream.


Client Served

Rating: 5

When was about to clear my primary education in A.I.C Kajiado that was in 2004, i never even had a dream that i will ever step in a secondary school class due to financial problems.I had even started relaxing on my studies, because they were of no help for me since after all won't join a secondary school.Sometimes i had a second thought and i just study for the sake.Infact iwas never poor in my studies i realy liked mathematics and science which boost me on my grade. Come the day when the results of the final exam that i did were announced, iwas position nine in our class.However i was not even happy about it since, it was not of benefit to me Since my mother had no money to take me to a secondary school. Thanks God came the saviour MGEF which took me and told me that they will pay my school fees and also provide me with other facilities such as uniform ,shoes and other requirement. It was like a dream to me,But all in all ithank God for the existance of such a wonderful and blessed organisation the MGEF.This organisation was is bright light to many maasai girls and alsothe whole commuity in general to eradicate the illiteracy and poverty in the maasai community. It also Leads to the improvement of the living stardards in the community.The founder of the organisation is Barbara Lee shaw a from US.the staff are mostly from the maasai community,and are very friendly to us student .It provides all the school requirement to all students when schools open,i.e thrice in a year.With this organisation no student have any reason as to not working hard in her academic work.