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Review for Maasai Girls Education Fund, Washington, DC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The Maasai Girls Education Fund run by Barbara Shaw is empowering young women in Kenya with scholarships so that they can lift themselves and their families out of poverty. The MGEF graduates are working in fields like teaching, nursing, and hospitality. They are grateful for their educations and committed to ensuring their own children, especially their daughters receive an education. MGEF is well-run and well-organized. Every single penny raised is used to supply what the students need to attend school - pencils, paper, shoes, etc. Having personally met many of the students I can tell you they are wonderful young women who are the future of their country and our world!

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

I've met many of the students who have completed high school and gone on to higher ed. They are working in fields like teaching, nursing, and hospitality. The students come from villages with no running water or electricity.

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


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

seeing how the students are benefitting from their education. Without the help of MGEF the girls would drop out of school around the age of 12 to get married.

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

very professional and knowledgeable. They are hands on and committed to educating as many students as they possibly can.

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

open and operate schools for Maasai girls in Kenya.

Ways to make it better...

I could have stayed in Kenya longer. MGEF supports Maasai girls who live in the Kajiado district south of Nairobi. It is a beautiful country with fascinating people.

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

the ability to raise money in a difficult economic climate.

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

the Maasai Girls Education Fund works. Every penny is used to provide the students with everything they need to attend school.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Donor & Traveled to Kenya to videotape the scholarship students talking about how the education provided by the Maasai Girls Education Fund is changing their lives for the better.