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

Rating: 5 stars  

Currently, I am sponsoring two girls in primary school, Catherine and Sein. It is wonderful to watch these girls progress in their schools and to see their enthusiasm for the opportunity for an education.
What I really like about the Maasai Girls Education Fund is not only do they provide the financial wherewithal, but also the support and encouragement to ensure the girls will be successful. They accomplish this with the MGEF staff and a network of volunteers on the ground in Kenya. This includes a cohort of MGEF college and university graduates who mentor and inspire the younger girls. In addition, MGEF supports the girls and their families though numerous workshops, where issues such as early marriage, teen pregnancy, FGM and HIV/AIDS are discussed.

Role:  Board Member
 

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

Rating: 5 stars  

A development professional once told me that the most effective way to achieve development in an African country is to educate the girls. And that is exactly what MGEF does. When you educate a girl, she develops the skills to earn a living and help support her family. Her knowledge and industry also brings economic benefits as well as new ideas to her village. And the educated young woman herself becomes a role model for the girls who follow her. I believe MGEF does wonderful work. Its work is "on the ground" -- it is culturally sensitive in its dealing with parents, village elders, gender issues, etc. -- and it provides Maasai girls in Kenya an alternative to marriage at the age of eleven or twelve and a life of poverty.

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

I have watched girls starting in first grade, continuing their education through high school and then college or vocational schools, creating careers and professions for themselves that they never would have had without MGEF. It is inspiring.

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

MGEF needs more funding so that it can support the education of more girls.

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

I feel good about being associated with an organization that does such good work.

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

Staff and volunteers are all nice people.

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

Make a positive and significant difference in the economic and cultural life of Kenyans.

Ways to make it better...

My experience has been fine.

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

Need more publicity to generate more funding so that it can increase the extent and scope of its work.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Board Member & I do whatever I can to help Barbara Shaw with various tasks around the office, and of course, I contribute the Fund.