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...
Nov 18, 2014

End of Year News

Student Reception
Student Reception

Dear Friends,

Thanks to you, we have had an incredible year, reaching over 2,000 Maasai women, men, boys and girls through our Community Education Programs, in an effort to improve their lives and empower communities.

I have just returned from an inspiring trip to Kenya where I visited students in their schools, attended some of our community education programs, and helped to organize our annual Student Reception. One of the most moving moments of the trip was at the 6-month women’s business training follow-up session. The women broke open their savings and MGEF staff recorded the results- their businesses are doing great and they are truly succeeding!

The student reception was a wonderful event, bringing MGEF students together to encourage and support one another. Many of MGEF’s alumni attended, giving powerful speeches to the younger girls about how to overcome the challenges they face, and grow to be strong, independent, and compassionate women.

We are finishing out the year strong, with our annual Mentoring Workshop coming up in December. MGEF students will meet for a three day session on career planning, health and family planning discussions, and mentor matching with alumni. They will also work together to complete a community service project, paying their opportunities forward to their communities.

All of us here at MGEF send you best wishes for the holiday season and many thanks for your continuing support in the year to come!

With gratitude,

Zara

MGEF Students
MGEF Students
Women
Women's Business Training- Lorgosua
Women
Women's Business Training- Lorgosua
Aug 20, 2014

End of Summer News!

Women
Women's Business Training- Ilbissil

Thanks to your support, 2014 has been a successful year for MGEF. Our Life Skills and Elders and Mothers workshops have reached over 700 girls, boys, women, and men in 2014 alone!

Since May, over 90 Maasai women have completed an intensive 3-day business training, resulting in the launch of 30 new businesses, in which they sell products and services such as fabrics and jewelry, child care and groceries. For 6 months, these women-led businesses will receive monitoring and support sessions from a skilled training facilitator. MGEF is so proud of these amazing and inspiring entrepreneurs!

Between now and the end of December, MGEF will hold a total of 10 more Community Education workshops and will reach more than 800 additional Maasai people. Without your help, our work would not be possible, and we thank you for believing in the MGEF mission. We look forward to bringing you updates at the end of the year! Please be sure to sign up for our newsletter on the MGEF website as well. Thank you!

Oloyiankalani Life Skills Workshop
Oloyiankalani Life Skills Workshop
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

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