David instructing 5th grade students in English
Dear Global Giving Friends,
Thank you for making our first year of fundraising on Global Giving a success. We have raised more than $5000 for the 200 Maasai girls who attend MCI's two schools. We are thankful for the platform Global Giving has provided for our online fundraising. However, because we are a small organization with minimal overhead, we have decided to consolidate efforts and focus on raising money directly without the help of a intermediary. Global Giving does great work, and we hope that we can partner with them again as the Maasai Children's Initiative grows. Your ongoing support is so important in helping the girls complete school and avoiding circumcision and early marriage. Educating a girl is the best investment you can make in the developing world. When you educate a girl, you educate a whole community.
We happy to report that our schools are thriving. The students at Mara Hills Academy, the boarding school, placed fifth out of 38 schools in their district on national test scores last summer, and the school's fifth graders earned the top spot for their grade level!
This summer, we worked with our partner, SEAVURIA, to train teachers how to teach inquiry-based science to students. This fall, teachers are applying what they learned in the classroom, with lessons in electricity, the solar system, water quality and the earth's rotation.
As part of the project, we are collaborating with the Vashon Island School District in Washington State, so that students from the two continents can work together, sharing data and analysis and develop meaningful connections that will inspire them to embrace diversity, create partnerships and believe they can and will make a difference. The cross-cultural exchange is based on a successful pilot project, established by SEAVURIA and still in progress with eight high schools in Seattle and eight schools in Kenya.
Our ultimate goal is to create a model K-12 science curriculum that other schools in Kenya – and possibly in other developing countries -- can use. The schools in Kenya are our testing grounds. With each school, we have set goals and metrics, and we will track our progress.
To learn more about our schools, please visit our website.
And again, thank you for your support!
Mary Margaret training teachers
Girls enjoying their new jump ropes
A science lesson