Maasai Girls Education Fund

The Maasai Girls Education Fund (MGEF) is a 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in the District of Columbia. We were founded in 2000 to increase the literacy, health, and economic well-being of Maasai women in Kenya. MGEF's goals are to increase enrollment of Maasai girls in Kenya, reduce the dropout rate, and support every student until they have the knowledge and skills to enter the workforce in Kenya. Our work involves a long-term commitment to each of our students. Our success is measured by how many scholarship students complete their education and are prepared for a job in Kenya. The Maasai Girls Education Fund (MGEF) works in Kenya's Kajiado, Loitokitok, and Ngong Districts, whe...
May 20, 2014

Spring Update 2014

Olooyiankalani Women
Olooyiankalani Women's Business Training

Dear Friends,

2014 has continued to be an eventful year for MGEF. We are thrilled to share that we have surpassed our goal of providing community education to 8,300 Maasai people in Kenya. MGEF has now reached over 8,537 Maasai women, men, boys, and girls!

We do not, however, intend to stop there. As we continue to receive requests for Life Skills, Elders and Mother’s, and Women’s Business Training workshops from within communities throughout Kajiado County, we are fully committed to responding and providing these trainings.

In the last month, we have held two Life Skills workshops and two Elders and Mother’s workshops in the Central region of Kajiado County. Additionally, MGEF is continuing to grow its’ Women’s Business Training program with two new training cohorts begining in May and June in the Lorgosua and Ilbissil regions of Kenya. 

On that note, we are happy and very grateful to welcome a new team member in Kenya. Margaret Mereyian will be assisting with programming in the Kajiado office and she will be sharing her vast experience and knowledge at our Women’s Business Trainings as the new educator and mentor.

We are very excited for the coming months, as we will be traveling to Kenya in July! Look out for photos, stories, and updates upon our return, and please visit our Facebook and Twitter pages for on the ground updates while we’re there.Thank you for your support and for being a part of the MGEF family!

Kilonito Life Skills Workshop
Kilonito Life Skills Workshop
Feb 14, 2014

February 2014 Update

Ilmotiok Life Skills Workshop- February 2014
Ilmotiok Life Skills Workshop- February 2014

Thank you for all of your support in 2013 and for continuing to be a part of our work in 2014! This has been a busy couple of months for MGEF. As a result of your support, to date, we have reached over 7,980 Maasai girls, boys, women, and men through our Community Education Programs. These numbers will continue to increase as we schedule workshops throughout the coming year.

 

Kenya Trip 

In November, I took a month-long trip to Kenya to meet with the MGEF Kajiado Team and MGEF students, attend Community Education Workshops, and network with government and nonprofit leaders in education. It was very exciting to see all of the progress being made. 

Annual Mentoring Workshop

One of the most inspiring highlights of the trip was the annual two-day Mentoring Workshop that brings MGEF girls together to discuss health, good decision-making, career counseling, and other important topics. This year it was held December 4th-6th at the Kajiado Children’s Home. Over 50 MGEF girls from all over the County gathered to learn from strong, successful Maasai women and to build a sense of community and support. 

Alumni Group Meeting

The Alumni Group also met during this time. This Group is MGEF’s vision for the future in which the resources and knowledge of strong, educated MGEF women will be utilized to give back to their communities and help to uplift others. The room was filled with teachers, a dentist, a doctor-to-be, and more. They discussed how they could give back to MGEF and it was decided that mentoring the younger girls would be a top priority moving forward, along with assisting with the Community Education Program. Many of them have already begun to fulfill that promise at our annual Mentoring Workshop where they taught sessions on health and career development. MGEF Alumna and medical school student, Gloria Mumeita Kotente, can be seen in the picture below teaching a session on teenage pregnancy and health.

 

Coming Up in 2014

We have a busy year planned! Workshops are currently underway in Kenya, with two Life Skills workshops already completed since the beginning of the year. In April, we’ll be heading to Kenya so keep an eye out for pictures and updates on our growing programs there!

All of us here at MGEF thank you for your commitment to the Maasai community and continued support of our work.

Gloria Mumeita Kotente, MGEF Alumna
Gloria Mumeita Kotente, MGEF Alumna
MGEF Students at Mentoring Workshop-December 2013
MGEF Students at Mentoring Workshop-December 2013
Nov 15, 2013

New Workshop Facilitators, Business Owners, and more!

Thanks to your support, we have reached 1,700 Maasai girls, boys, women and men through our Community Education Programs in 2013 alone! Here are just a few of the highlights from an incredible year in Kenya:

Empowering a generation of Maasai women
In August, 30 Maasai women completed an intensive 3-day business training, resulting in the launch of 10 new businesses. For 6 months, these women-led businesses will receive monitoring and support sessions from a skilled training facilitor. They will follow in the footsteps of our first business training cohort, a group of 30 women who successfully completed their 4th and final support session in early October. MGEF is so proud of these amazing and inspiring entrepreneurs!

Our team of Life Skills Workshop facilitators has grown!
We are excited to announce that Caroline Kashinin, a recent nursing school graduate, and fellow alumna, Simantoi Kilama, are two of our newest Life Skills Workshop facilitators (see photos). Like Caroline, Simantoi brings to the table a wealth of experience as an HIV counselor at Jomo Kenyatta University. Both MGEF alumnae share a deep passion for educating and empowering girls by giving them the knowledge and tools they need to prevent teen pregnancy, early marriage, and female genital mutilation (FGM). Click here to learn more about MGEF's Life Skills Workshop curriculum.

Next up
Between now and the end of December, MGEF will hold a total of 10 more Community Education Programs (2 Life Skills Workshops and 8 Elders and Mothers Workshops) and reach an estimated 1,000 additional Maasai people. Without your help, our work would not be possible, and we thank you again for believing in the MGEF mission. We look forward to bringing you updates in the New Year, and wish you a very happy holiday season!

MGEF Alumna, Caroline, at a Life Skills Workshop
MGEF Alumna, Caroline, at a Life Skills Workshop
Quote from MGEF Alumna, Caroline Kashinin
Quote from MGEF Alumna, Caroline Kashinin
Simantoi Kilama, Alumna, at Life Skills Workshop
Simantoi Kilama, Alumna, at Life Skills Workshop
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