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Matawi Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adult Education, Education, International, Promotion of International Understanding, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid

Mission: Matawi supports education, civic engagement, and leadership development in the global refugee community. Through a range of programs and initiatives, we seek to responsively identify and nurture strengths, skills, and potential for growth across the diaspora. With an awareness that refugee needs and contexts are in constant flux, we currently emphasize facilitation of access to higher education for young women; the gathering and sharing of life-stories; and cultural brokering between resettling populations and local community agencies.

Geographic areas served: Dadaab, Kenya and South-Central Maine

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4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

This organization is an absolute inspiration- from the mission it carries out to the heartfelt love and energy its founders put into their cause. I support Matawi because I too believe everyone deserves an education. It's been a pleasure watching it bloom and cultivate over the years.


Rating: 5

Reading about Matawi and understanding the passion behind it made it an easy decision to donate. I was very impressed after reading 'They Were Very Beautiful: Such Things Are' and knowing it's connection to Matawi.


Rating: 5

It is deeply rewarding to watch this non-profit operate in the-- more than just capable-- skilled hands of its founders. Matawi makes a tangible difference in the lives of those it benefits, also serving the greater good in a way that has the potential to change entire generations. What is perhaps most incredible is that its founders find ways to foster the organization on both the beneficiary and donor sides while remaining true to its core values: education, cooperation, and empowerment.



Rating: 5

I think this is a stunningly worthwhile charity. Any young woman who has finished high school (some 25 students a year, out of a refugee population nearing 300,000, if I understand correctly) deserves a college education and the chance to fulfill any dreams she might have.