Created by Maasai for Maasai, MCI educates girls, so they can take control of their own lives and give back to others. Our two schools (a day school that enrolls 150 students, ages 5 through 12, and a boarding school that enrolls 100 students, ages 12 through 16) provide a well-rounded and engaging curricula. When girls stay in school they are freed from the reins of early marriage/pregnancy and and are able to build better lives for themselves, their families and their communities.
The Maasai are a semi-nomadic tribe in East Africa. Like many African women, Maasai females are considered sub par to men and are destined to a life of poverty and hard physical labor. Maasai girls generally do not finish primary school and fewer than five out of 100 can read. Most girls face female circumcision, and chances are they will have a baby before they are 18. A Maasai women's life expectancy is 45 years.
MCI seeks to improve the social, economic and political strength of all Maasai people through girls education, which has proven to be the single most effective way to affect change in the developing world. Our schools have already had a ripple effect in the communities they touch through improved hygiene and nutrition, access to computers for students and their families, conservation awareness and new opportunities for business development.
We plan to educate hundreds of Maasai girls over many years, enabling them to take control of their own lives, make responsible decisions about their futures and act as business and political leaders in their communities. Ultimately,education will improve the standard of living and preserve the culture for all Maasai people.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
A description of the Maasai tribe
Why Girls Education Matters from Newsweek