Empower Maasai Girls in Kenya

by Maasai Girls Education Fund
Empower Maasai Girls in Kenya
Empower Maasai Girls in Kenya
Empower Maasai Girls in Kenya
Empower Maasai Girls in Kenya
Empower Maasai Girls in Kenya
Empower Maasai Girls in Kenya
Empower Maasai Girls in Kenya
Empower Maasai Girls in Kenya
Empower Maasai Girls in Kenya
Empower Maasai Girls in Kenya
Empower Maasai Girls in Kenya
Empower Maasai Girls in Kenya
Empower Maasai Girls in Kenya
Empower Maasai Girls in Kenya
Empower Maasai Girls in Kenya
Empower Maasai Girls in Kenya
Empower Maasai Girls in Kenya
Empower Maasai Girls in Kenya
Empower Maasai Girls in Kenya
Empower Maasai Girls in Kenya
Empower Maasai Girls in Kenya
Empower Maasai Girls in Kenya
Empower Maasai Girls in Kenya
Empower Maasai Girls in Kenya
Empower Maasai Girls in Kenya
Empower Maasai Girls in Kenya
MGEF Student Returns For Term 1
MGEF Student Returns For Term 1

Dear Friends, 

The month of May was as busy as it gets at the MGEF-Kajiado office.  The office was teaming with students getting ready for their new school year.  Our staff was busy organizing and conducting not only Mentoring Workshops for our students but also our 11th Women’s Business Training Workshop

Scholarship Program

MGEF was proud to celebrate eight graduates from primary school and 15 from secondary school this past April.  This meant that we had many students transitioning to a new stage of their education.  The eight primary students had to be placed into their new secondary schools.  Meanwhile, the graduating secondary students now begin their search for a post-secondary school and, for many, this is when they need to decide on a career path to pursue.  The MGEF staff and alumnae are crucial players in these decisions and procedures.  

MGEF decided to add 17 new students to our Scholarship Program due to the increased need for assistance stemming from the pandemic’s toll on the economy in Kenya.  The hardest hit are often the communities that were already suffering from poverty.  Our office had more than double the number of requests for educational assistance from parents, siblings and often the girls themselves.  This is the last chance for many of these girls to avoid female genital cutting (FGC) and early marriage.  Many Maasai simply cannot afford to feed their families, so a small dowry and one less mouth to feed is often the only route for survival.  With the added 17 new students, MGEF now has 151 active students – 54 primary, 43 secondary, 37 post-secondary and 17 pending post-secondary students waiting for acceptance into schools.

All MGEF scholarships are need-based, and before we accept a student into our Scholarship Program, an MGEF-Kajiado staff member visits her home, speaks with her family and assesses her situation. This year, home visits were conducted by two MGEF alumnae, Beatrice and Jackline, who are excited to give back to MGEF and be actively involved in our mission. 

Mentoring Workshop

MGEF was able to finally conduct our Mentoring Workshop and Annual Parent Meeting in person in April, during the break between school terms.  This was the first MGEF Mentoring Workshop we have been able to hold since before COVID. It was a huge success and a critically important event. Once again, it was entirely facilitated by MGEF alumnae, all well-educated Maasai women. Topics discussed include current challenges facing Maasai girls such as teen pregnancy and school dropout, reproductive health, setting realistic educational goals, and career planning. Everyone enjoyed three days of learning, mentorship, discussions, games and sisterhood. This is an invaluable annual event in these girls’ and young women's lives, as they learn from each other and create bonds that will last a lifetime.

On the third and final day of the Workshop, MGEF alumna, Dr. Gloria Mumeita, MD, conducted a first ever Student Health Survey and then spoke with several of the students who had specific health concerns. The Health Survey was Dr. Gloria’s own idea and was a valuable new addition to our Annual Mentoring Workshop. Significantly, the students felt comfortable sharing personal information with Dr. Gloria -- one of their own. Over the years we have discovered that students are sometimes too shy or embarrassed to tell anyone about their health concerns and, untreated, conditions can worsen. But with Dr. Gloria they were at ease, and by the end of the session, she had identified health issues in 17 students. We are committed to helping our students with their medical concerns and are so glad that Dr. Gloria’s personal touch allowed our students to learn more about their health, and our staff to be aware and engaged in supporting them going forward.

This month, MGEF will be holding its first Mentoring Day for Graduated Secondary Students.  This event will be attended by all pending post-secondary students.  It will feature Judy, who is the Director of the Vision Empowerment Training Institute in Kenya. This institute is dedicated to providing professional training and is accredited by the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority of Kenya.  Judy will discuss what different career choices entail and how to pick a career that is right for you. The students are very excited.  Some of MGEF’s alumnae will also be there to discuss their career choices. 

Women’s Business Training Workshop

MGEF conducted its 11th Women’s Business Training Workshop this past week, which provided training, mentoring, and seed grants to 30 Maasai women. The 30 women divide into six groups of five people, and each group creates their business.  The Workshop was conducted by MGEF alumna Esther Lemanyi, who is a certified accountant, and who added some great new ideas to the curriculum. Lucy, MGEF-Kajiado Managing Director, assisted Esther and said it was an amazing group of women.  On the second workshop day, when Lucy and Esther arrived, the women were already gathered in a large group discussing all they had learned the day before and how they could also work together as one large group to help each other succeed.  With this group included, MGEF has helped 330 women start their own businesses. 

It is incredibly rewarding to watch our students reach their goals and become confident and empowered young women. We are inspired to see our alumnae paying it forward by helping other Maasai girls, just like themselves, reach their dreams

Thank you all for your support. We could not do this without you!

Heather McKay

2022 Women's Business Training (WBT) Workshop
2022 Women's Business Training (WBT) Workshop
MGEF Alumna Conducts Health Survey
MGEF Alumna Conducts Health Survey
2022 Mentoring Workshop
2022 Mentoring Workshop
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Lillian Receives Her Diploma In Hospitality
Lillian Receives Her Diploma In Hospitality

Dear Friends, 

Student Update

During the past few months, the Maasai Girls Education Fund has been busy supporting our roster of 52 primary, 44 secondary and 37 post-secondary students. 

For primary and secondary students, Kenya is still playing catch-up with schedules due to COVID lockdowns dating back to 2020.  These students started Term 3 of the 2021 academic year in the first week of January 2022.  By January 2023, the students will be back on schedule.  As in the rest of world, our students are maneuvering in a world with COVID-19 as they attempt to return to normalcy.   

Term 1 of the 2022 academic year will begin at the end of April.  At that time, thanks to our wonderful supporters, we plan to award 16 new scholarships -- two students from each of Kajiado County’s seven divisions and two more from the dozens of applications received in our office.  For MGEF, the severe financial repercussions of the pandemic are reflected in the increased volume of applications and visits from desperate parents and girls to our MGEF-Kajiado Board Members and our MFEG-Kajiado office.  We usually add eight students each academic year, but doubled this number due to the greater need in the Maasai community.   

MGEF’s 37 Scholarship students at the post-secondary level are pursuing widely diverse degrees that reflect their different interests and professional aspirations.  Eleven are pursuing careers in business, six in health and human resources, five in education, four in nursing, two in medicine , two in nutrition, and one each in communications, cosmetology, accounting, agricultural science, orthopedic trauma, international relations major and secretarial and office skills.

Graduations

Graduations are important milestones and we have much to celebrate in this area despite lockdowns and other logistics caused by the pandemic.  We are so proud of each and every one of our graduates as they reach for their dreams. 

In April 2022, 12 of our scholarship students will graduate from secondary school and nine from primary school.  

We are particularly proud of two of our students who graduated secondary school last summer at the top of their classes.  Branice was accepted to the top-notch Daystar University to pursue a Degree in International Relations and Mercy was accepted to the University of Nairobi to pursue a Medical Degree in Surgery.  

Nine of our scholarship recipients also graduated from post-secondary institutions in 2021.  Two women received Bachelor’s Degrees -- Florence in Education and Charity in Business Administration and Management.  Three more received their Diplomas -- one in Business Management/Hospitality, one in Tourism Management, and one in Cosmetology.  Four students received their Certificates -- two in Business Management and two in Nutrition and Dietetics.  The three students who received Diplomas have decided to continue their education to pursue Degrees, and the four students who received Certificates are continuing their studies to earn Diplomas. 

Post-secondary education is crucial for helping Maasai women to achieve economic independence and the ability to support their families.  Maasai women armed with Degrees, Diplomas or Certificates, will be able to enter the workforce with the skills needed to be competitive in the very tight Kenyan job market.  Their lives have been forever changed.  They now can envision for themselves a future they could as young girls only dream of.

MGEF’s Alumnae in Health Professions Pay It Forward

In 2021, an MGEF student had been having stomach pain for quite some time, but was too embarrassed to tell anyone.  By the time it was finally discovered by her teacher, she was starting to lose weight and was very sick.  Our very own MGEF alumna, Doctor Gloria, took charge making sure that the girl went to a good hospital and received the correct tests and treatment, including directions for a new diet.  She is now doing much better and her school, informed by MGEF of her new dietary restrictions, is helping ensure she stays healthy.  

After this incident, Doctor Gloria reached out to MGEF’s President, who is an Emergency Room physician in the US.  She recommended that MGEF set up a health workshop and if possible, wellness checkups for MGEF’s Scholarship students.  She explained that in Kenya, children have a physical only the 1st year that they join a school.  Doctor Gloria felt this workshop could be run by MGEF alumnae.  Since MGEF alumnae include one doctor, a 4th year medical student and several nurses, including one who is head nurse at the local hospital, we decided this was something to pursue.  Our students will be much more open with their older MGEF sisters, which will help us avoid medical issues due to embarrassment, fear or ignorance.  We also have many MGEF alumnae who are nutritionists who could help educate our students about a healthy diet.  We are hoping to extend our Mentoring Workshop, held once each year, by an extra day to include this new and important workshop.

It is with such pride that we watch these girls pursue and reach their dreams, one goal at a time.  It is your support that makes this possible.

Thank you so much

Elizabeth's Last Term in Primary School
Elizabeth's Last Term in Primary School
Branice Is Accepted To Daystar University
Branice Is Accepted To Daystar University
MGEF Alumna "Doctor Gloria"
MGEF Alumna "Doctor Gloria"
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MGEF Students Are Family
MGEF Students Are Family

Dear friends,

As the world continues to battle COVID-19, MGEF is very proud of our staff, volunteers and, of course, our steadfast scholars. They continue to show courage and resilience as they navigate through the pandemic.  This week is the opening of Term 2 of 2021.  The staff is busy receiving students as they drop by to pick up their supplies for the term.  To keep this a safe procedure, much is done outside and all are required to wear masks.  MGEF currently has 137 active students – 52 primary, 45 secondary, 36 post-secondary and five pending post-secondary awaiting acceptance to schools.   

Due to the lockdowns and school schedule changes, primary and secondary graduating students took their Kenya Certificate of Primary or Secondary Education exams (KCPE or KCSE, respectively) in the spring of 2021 instead of the fall of 2020.  This spring, despite COVID-19, MGEF had four primary, five secondary and five post-secondary graduations.  Though we could not meet in person to celebrate, we are very proud of all of our graduates.  Whether from primary, secondary or post-secondary schools, each graduation is a stepping stone to the next hurdle.   

I thought it would be nice to share the successes of some of our graduates.  I would like to tell the stories of Rebecca who recently graduated from secondary school, and Faith who recently graduated from primary school.  

Rebecca was an ambitious little girl with big dreams.  She was born in a typical Maasai manyatta. Her father had four wives and 31 children.  Her mother was the third of the four wives and had nine children. Rebecca was a happy young child as the family had plenty of livestock and food.  She went to a local primary school and felt she had a bright future.  Then in 2000 the drought hit and life changed as they lost their livestock. Rebecca’s father began to marry off his daughters for cows and goats to build back his wealth.  Unfortunately, the droughts continued and in 2010 Rebecca ran away from home because she knew she would soon be married off.  MGEF accepted her into its Scholarship Program that year.  A year later, during a holiday break, succumbing to traditional beliefs and peer pressure, Rebecca got pregnant.  Her father then married her off to a man who was abusive and with whom she would have two children.  Rebecca knew that the only hope for her and her children was to escape the violence and return to school.  In 2015, she left her abusive husband and went home to her mother.  Her mother said she would care for her two children and Rebecca asked MGEF to please help her return to her education.  MGEF understands the pressures a Maasai girl encounters and felt Rebecca deserved another chance.  Once a part of the MGEF family, you are always a part of the MGEF family.  In January of 2016, Rebecca returned to school for Class 8 (8th grade) and was determined to keep on a steady path towards achieving her dreams of an education and independence.  

Rebecca graduated from secondary school this past spring.  MGEF is incredibly proud of her as she was so close to becoming a victim of abuse for her entire life.  She wanted a better life for herself and, more importantly, for her children.  She knew the only path to a brighter future was with an education.  She has applied to post-secondary schools to become a kindergarten teacher.  

Faith comes from a polygamist family of two wives and nine children.  Faith’s father and mother are illiterate with no jobs or livestock.  The family was struggling to put food on the table.  In early 2016, after two of her sisters were married off, Faith decided to run away, not only to avoid an early marriage, but also because she was hungry.  She eventually ended up at the Kajiado Adventist school and rescue center. MGEF was informed of her situation and the staff had her fill out an MGEF Scholarship application.  In May 2016, Faith was accepted into our Scholarship Program.

Faith is the first girl in her family to graduate from primary school.  She is now in Form 1 (9th grade) at a good secondary school.  She dreams of becoming a teacher.  To watch the transformation of Faith from a very scared and meek girl who rarely smiled, to a confident girl, quick to laugh and excited to learn, is hard to put into words.  

COVID-19 has added to the already severe financial hardships for Maasai families.  Due to this and the required periodic school closures, there has been a huge resurgence in historical customs that are damaging to Maasai girls, including forced marriage, female genital cutting (FGC) and domestic violence.  The need to educate girls has never been more critical.  The MGEF-Kajiado office is visited daily by girls like Rebecca and Faith trying to escape early marriage, FGC, violent situations and poverty.  We were able to add 10 new students to our roster for Term 1 this year.  Yet there are so many more desperate to change their lives with an education. 

We thank our supporters who have made the stories of Faith and Rebecca, and all of our students, a reality at MGEF.  

MGEF Scholar Rebecca
MGEF Scholar Rebecca
MGEF Scholar Faith
MGEF Scholar Faith
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Lucy And Nancy Receive The DIAR Award
Lucy And Nancy Receive The DIAR Award

Dear Friends, 

Through the pandemic, MGEF continues to celebrate every success even as we power through setbacks.  MGEF-Kajiado was deeply honored to receive the 2021 Best NGO on Gender Equality Award at the National Diversity and Inclusion Awards & Recognition ceremony in Nairobi, Kenya in March. Lucy, MGEF-Kajiado Managing Director, and Alumna Nancy (MGEF’s first lawyer!) were proud and excited to represent MGEF at the ceremony.  Lucy, the MGEF-Kajiado staff, board members and alumnae work tirelessly to help Maasai girls and women reach their potential through education. We value and applaud each of our scholarship recipients, whether she is a primary school student who is the only literate person in her village or one of the very few Maasai female doctors or lawyers in the country. With your help and despite a very difficult year, MGEF and our graduates are still making a difference as we work towards gender equality and combat poverty.

SCHOLARSHIP STUDENT UPDATE

As stated in our previous update letter, the Kenyan government condensed and rearranged school terms, aiming to return to a normal schedule by January 2023.  We were happy when the students were able to return in May 2021, for Term 3 of 2020.  It was touch and go as Kenya was forced to go into a second lockdown due to a surge of COVID19 cases in late March.  Fortunately, the lockdown was lifted in time to return to school.   

To accommodate graduating students from Class 8 and Form 4, the break between Term 2 and Term 3 was seven weeks long in order to allow the Kenya Certificate for Primary Education (KCPE) and the Kenya Certificate Secondary Education (KCSE) exams to be administered and evaluated.  This break coincided with the second lockdown, but the Ministry of Education decided to move ahead with the exams with strict COVID19 guidelines.  We are very proud of the four primary and five secondary graduating students who persevered though this challenging time in order to accomplish their goals.  

If all goes as planned, Term 1 of 2021 will begin in late July.  Due to the overwhelming number of desperate girls and parents applying for scholarships, MGEF decided to take eight new students for Term 1.  One from each of the seven divisions of Kajiado County and one from the many applications submitted directly the MGEF-Kajiado office.  This will bring the roster for 2021 to 142 active students - 52 primary, 49 secondary, 33 post-secondary and eight pending post-secondary who are awaiting acceptance to institutions of higher learning.  

It has been a tough 14 months for students throughout the world as we all combat COVID19.  The lockdowns are particularly threatening to Maasai girls in Kenya.  As families struggle with little to no income, often the old traditions of marrying your daughter off for a dowry becomes a financial solution.  Not only does the family receive cows, goats or money, but it is also one less mouth to feed.  The number of girls in Kenya who became victims of unwanted marriages increased substantially during the pandemic.  

Recently, Kajiado-MGEF’s Managing Director received a call from one of our secondary students stating that her father would have company in a couple of days.  She feared he was planning to marry her off.  Lucy and Abigael, MGEF-Kajiado Program Manager, immediately went to her home.  When they arrived, her father was not present, but our staff questioned the student’s mother and stepmother who both confirmed that he was indeed arranging her marriage.  

The father arrived home and was questioned about his intentions.  He became angry and chased our staff off of his land and threatened that he was going to beat his wives.  Lucy went back to the office and immediately contacted the chief in the area who said he would visit and stop the father from marrying off his young daughter.  Lucy also contacted many teachers who came to our student’s aid. The next day, the chief visited the father and warned him that his plan is illegal and he will be monitoring the situation.  The father finally claimed he would not marry her off and let her continue her education.  Each day, this terrible plot plays out among Maasai girls throughout Kenya, but most of the time without the positive ending achieved for our student. 

Despite the two lockdowns, five of MGEF’s post-secondary students were able to finish classes and complete exams in order to graduate.  Thanks to the generosity of our donors, many received laptops and internet access allowing them to keep up with their studies.  

In the event of another extended lockdown, Kenya is not equipped to provide online classes for primary and secondary students.  It would be a mammoth undertaking for the government to provide tablets or laptops to all students.  Moreover, many rural areas still do not have electricity, much less access to the internet.  A longer lockdown will require the government to rearrange school terms once again to slowly return to their traditional school year schedule.  Unfortunately, education has suffered in some form or another throughout the world due to COVID19.  

WOMEN’S BUSINESS TRAINING UPDATE

Since 2013, MGEF has conducted 10 Women’s Business Training (WBT) workshops with 30 business women participating in each workshop.  Of the 300 women who have completed our WBT workshops, 279 were still in business prior to the pandemic.  In early March, the MGEF-Kajiado staff began contacting and preparing to visit each of the 10 workshop cohorts to assess the impacts of the lockdown and to see if they needed help rebuilding their small businesses.  The first visits were scheduled for early April, but these plans were thwarted by the second lockdown.  We were disappointed, but acknowledge that it is best to wait. Still, preparations have been made for these field visits, and our businesswomen know that as soon as it is safe to do so, we will be at their side to help assess and support their businesses. 

MGEF ALUMNA COMMUNITY SERVICE HIGHLIGHT

MGEF post-secondary student, Zainab, who is in nursing school, became very concerned about the many Maasai girls who had no access to sanitary napkins in rural areas due to the pandemic’s financial toll.  We were proud to learn that Zainab took the initiative, gathered a group of university students to raise money to purchase napkins, and distributed them to girls in a remote rural area in Kajiado County.  The group also provided a hot lunch to the girls and their families. MGEF promotes community service among our scholarship students, and we are always thankful to see our students and alumnae pay it forward in their local Maasai communities.

Though we still face hardships due to COVID-19, MGEF is very proud of our students as they continue to strive toward achieving their dreams.  These girls and young women are an inspiration.  Not only do they have to break through the still-pervasive traditional barriers that prevent them from getting an education, but now they are also demonstrating incredible perseverance and resilience as they confront new obstacles created by the pandemic.

Please stay safe and well.

MGEF Student Distributes Sanitary Napkins
MGEF Student Distributes Sanitary Napkins
New MGEF Scholarship Recipient
New MGEF Scholarship Recipient
Women's Business Training (WBT) Workshop
Women's Business Training (WBT) Workshop
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Returning MGEF Student Stops By The Office
Returning MGEF Student Stops By The Office

Dear Friends, 

Kenya opened all primary and secondary school grades the second week of January 2021.  MGEF was back to its normal business of getting supplies and school fees ready for the students as they stopped by the office on their way back to school. Of course, there were added precautions to keep such as masks and social distancing.  Fortunately, due to the mild climate, much of the activities could be done outside to help ensure the safety of our students and staff.  

MGEF’s roster this January has 133 students - 51 primary, 43 secondary, 35 post-secondary and 4 awaiting acceptance to higher institutions of learning.  

For primary and secondary students, January is usually the beginning of the school year in Kenya but school schedules have been greatly modified due to the pandemic and resulting school closures last March 2020.  The Kenyan government has implemented a two-year complicated plan to slowly get everyone back on track by January 2023, so each student’s schedule, depending on her grade level, will be a bit different than normal until that time.  

We are very proud of our post-secondary students, who adapted very well to virtual learning during the lockdown.  Despite the virus, we celebrated five graduations.  Three students received their Degrees and two who received Diplomas will return to school for their Degrees.  We also are proud of the seven recent secondary school graduates who, persisting through challenging logistics from the pandemic, applied and were accepted to post-secondary institutions.  They are now happy to be attending in-person as the campuses have opened throughout Kenya.

Over the past few months, Kenya has begun opening up and we have begun to see the repercussions of COVID19 and the lockdown.  MGEF-Kajiado’s Managing Director and our alumna intern were able to travel to visit some of our students who live in remote areas to better monitor their situations.  Many of our closer students have been able to visit the Kajiado office to check in and prepare for school.  The MGEF-Kajiado staff reported that early pregnancy is rampant all over the country because girls and boys have been socializing mainly without limits at their home villages since March.  Many of the old traditions also came back to life such as forced marriage and female genital cutting (FGC).  These observations are supported by recent reports noting a significant uptick in FGC, pregnancy and early marriage among Kenyan girls during school closures.  

MGEF has always been understanding of the cultural pressures Maasai girls face at home.   We do not judge and understand the pressures they face in the Maasai culture.  These girls grow up being told that they cannot say no to men’s advances.  With the students at home for months on end with no ongoing schooling and minimal structure, we knew our girls would face great pressures to succumb to old traditions.  Our stipends and continued contacts with students’ families were critical in raising the value of our students, ensuring they had food to eat, and helping to prevent forced marriage and early pregnancy.  But to our dismay, a few of our students, like hundreds of others across Kenya, did succumb.  

Yet, despite the long period of isolation and cultural pressures in their home villages, all but three of our more than 90 primary and secondary Scholarship students have restarted, or will be returning to, school this year.  One of these returning students was a young girl who we rescued from a forced marriage, a story we describe below.  We believe these numbers, while not perfect, are still far better than for other girls in the Maasai community.

An idea to combat food insecurity was brought front and center with the pandemic.  We are interested in developing a workshop to teach the Maasai community how to plant vegetable gardens on their land.  A few of our alumnae and staff are avid gardeners and their ability to supply their families with homegrown food from the garden was very important during this difficult year.  One of our alumnae had such a large crop that she has gone into a side business of selling tomatoes from her garden.  

As said above, one of our students was forcibly married off in her home village during the school closures.  Forced marriage is not that unusual in Maasai communities but for our Scholarship student, her outcome is not common - she was one of the lucky ones.  We will call her J, so as to keep her privacy.  J is from a very poor, polygamous family of 15 children. Her mother died when she was only 5, leaving her and 14 brothers and sisters to her father and his second wife.  When J’s mother passed away, however, her father disowned J and all her mother’s children, opting to support only those of his other wife.  J and her siblings spent years being passed around from relative to relative.  

J loved to learn, and one of her uncles helped her attend primary school.  He even paid for her first year of high school before one of her older brothers took her out to marry her off for a dowry.  Her uncle again intervened, but she was ultimately unable to continue her education for lack of school fees.  J was afraid to go home, though.  She knew she would be married off, so she sought refuge with an aunt who, luckily, had heard of MGEF.  

I happened to be in the office when J and her aunt came in to fill out an application.  J became a part of the MGEF family on the spot that day in July 2018, and she has done very well in her classes.  When I have seen her on my visits to Kenya, she is always friendly and helpful, and full of life and smiles. 

But in early December 2020, MGEF-Kajiado’s Managing Director, Ms. Ntayia was contacted by J’s aunt.  She had been married off while at home during the lockdown!  Our hearts sank, but Ms. Ntayia jumped into action.  With the help and support of J’s aunt and the MGEF board member from her local area, J’s forced marriage was annulled.  She returned to school immediately--just in time to sit for her exams.

Throughout Kajiado County, where MGEF operates, COVID19 has devastated the meager income that Maasai families survive on.  As a result, the MGEF-Kajiado staff have seen a significant surge of desperate girls and families in search of scholarships.  Often, we only have one chance to help these girls before they are forcibly married off and destined to a hard life of manual labor and poverty.  Beyond our usual eight new students accepted per year, we hope to add several additional scholarships to save girls facing the most desperate situations even though it is heart wrenching to choose with so many in need.  

All of our students are happy to be returning to school.  We thank all of you for your support during this difficult time.  It means a lot to our students to know there are people all over the world who support their efforts and root for their success.  

2021 Sponsorship Recipient
2021 Sponsorship Recipient
MGEF Scholar Graduates With A Degree In Commerce
MGEF Scholar Graduates With A Degree In Commerce
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