Keep Maasai Girls Learning in Kenya

by For the Good
Keep Maasai Girls Learning in Kenya
Keep Maasai Girls Learning in Kenya
Keep Maasai Girls Learning in Kenya
Keep Maasai Girls Learning in Kenya
Keep Maasai Girls Learning in Kenya
Keep Maasai Girls Learning in Kenya
Keep Maasai Girls Learning in Kenya
Keep Maasai Girls Learning in Kenya
Keep Maasai Girls Learning in Kenya
Keep Maasai Girls Learning in Kenya
Keep Maasai Girls Learning in Kenya
Keep Maasai Girls Learning in Kenya
Keep Maasai Girls Learning in Kenya
Keep Maasai Girls Learning in Kenya
Keep Maasai Girls Learning in Kenya
Keep Maasai Girls Learning in Kenya
Keep Maasai Girls Learning in Kenya
Keep Maasai Girls Learning in Kenya
Keep Maasai Girls Learning in Kenya
Keep Maasai Girls Learning in Kenya

Last year, in December, 2020, you contributed to our GivingTuesday campaign through GlobalGiving, supporting the efforts of 90 young people who raised funds for For the Good in the hopes of creating positive change for girls in Kenya. The funds you gave to support their effort are critical, as they support our core programs throughout the year. Specifically, during the third quarter of 2021, impacts of these programs in the field include:

• The opening of three additional day high schools in the Loita Hills. We're thrilled to report that the third school, in the remote community of Mausa, just came on board in the past week. These schools will become just the 4th, 5th, and 6th day secondary schools in this remote 646-square-mile-region and create new opportunities for countless hopeful students like Najma, pictured above, to continue their educations past the 8th grade in the communities where they live.

• The hiring of a new Program Coordinator, Christine Mpoe, in Kenya. Christine will assist Team Angaza, our incredible team of young interns, in their work enrolling children from remote homesteads into school. Christine’s own remarkable life journey to attend university includes overcoming many of the intense challenges girls face in the region we work. These experiences make her a powerful and compassionate advocate on behalf of Maasai girls, and she brings a deep passion to be the change she hopes to see in her Maasai community. Christine holds a bachelors degree in Gender Studies and a minor in IT.

• Continued training of the pilot RACHEL (Remote Area Community Hotspot for Education and Learning) program at Olmesutie Primary School. RACHELS have incredibly high potential to improve the quality of education in places where there are few teachers and very limited resources, such as in the communities we serve. RACHELS are easy-to-use, portable, battery-powered devices that can be used anywhere in the world to wirelessly deliver free digital educational content to nearby tablets, laptops, or smartphones with no internet or data plans required.

Thank you, as always, from the bottom of our hearts, for supporting these efforts and being such powerful advocates for girls in Kenya!

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Portrait of Najma
Portrait of Najma

In December, 2020, you contributed to our Giving Tuesday Jump-For-The-Good campaign through GlobalGiving, supporting the efforts of over 90 young people who jumped rope to raise funds for For the Good in the hopes of creating positive change for girls in Kenya. The funds you gave to support their effort have allowed us to return with new energy and vision to re-engage in the work of our core programs.

Specifically, during the second quarter of 2021, this money allowed us to:

• Open what will become just the third day secondary school across a 646-square-mile region of Kenya in the community of Olmesutie.

• Trial a pilot of remote server technology called RACHELS (Remote Area Community Hotspot for Education and Learning) in Olmesutie. (More on RACHELS). RACHELS have high potential to improve the quality of education in places where there are few teachers and very limited resources, such as in the communities we serve. RACHELS are easy-to-use, portable, battery-powered devices that contain content from hundreds of educational websites in offline format. They can be used anywhere in the world to wirelessly deliver free digital educational content to nearby tablets, laptops, or smartphones with no internet or data plans required.

• Roll out a new grant that supports secondary schools through their vulnerable first year while encouraging the hiring of female teachers, which serve as powerful and important mentors for Maasai girls.

Thank you, as always, from the bottom of our hearts, for supporting these efforts and being such powerful advocates for girls in Kenya!

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Jackline fetching water after school

"It has been said that something as small as a butterfly's wing can ultimately cause a typhoon half way around the world." –– Chaos Theory

In December, 2020, you contributed to our Giving Tuesday Jump-For-The-Good campaign through GlobalGiving, supporting the efforts of over 90 young (and a couple of young-at-heart) people in Colorado, Kentucky, Ohio, Mexico and Kenya as they jumped rope to the point of exhaustion in the hopes of creating a typhoon of change. Thanks to you, they did so, raising over $28,000 in a single day. These funds are allowing us to return to our core programs, which work to enroll children in school, open affordable day secondary schools and activate local leaders to support Maasai girls' education. 

Specifically, during the first quarter of 2021, this money allowed us to:

• Hire two new local staff in Kenya:

We were incredibly excited to be able to expand our Kenyan staff early in 2021. Janet Tarakwai will collect, enter and clean data so we know where to focus our energy and resources. Nancy Nteyia will coordinate our growing Team Angaza, who are our interns that help us enroll out-of-school children. Both Nancy and Janet are from Maasai villages within the region we work and possess specific skill sets and talents that will allow us to be more effective in the Loita community. We are also proud to create well-paid professional jobs for Loita women.

• Onboard two new interns:

In January, we brought two additional interns, Beatrice Kishoyan and Evelyn Sanau Kipai, on to Team Angaza. Team Angaza interns are local high school graduates who support our Kenyan staff by doing community outreach and field research in exchange for the opportunity to acquire professional skills and higher education. Evelyn and Beatrice will be working to enroll children in school in the especially marginalized Oltarakwuai and Kitilkini villages.

• Re-engage with the community of Olmesutie to open a day secondary school

In 2020, we aided a village to open a secondary school in the community of Morijo-Loita. The village of Olmesutie was also working to open a day secondary school when COVID hit. We are working with them to pick up where they left off with the goal of opening what will become the third day secondary school across the 646-square-mile Loita Hills region in April, 2021. You can learn more about these new schools and the powerful impact they'll have in our 2020 Annual Report.

Asante (thank you) from the bottom of our hearts for the support you gave –– and continue to give –– to help relaunch and support these critical programs.

New staff hire Nancy Nteyia
New staff hire Nancy Nteyia
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