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

Project Report | Feb 27, 2024

By Kate Lapides-Black | Director of Communications

Many of you may have read about the devastating floods that have affected Kenya since November. Because the transportation infrastructure of the Loita Hills and Naikarra regions where we work consists of dirt roads that cross many rivers without bridges, the resultant flooding has made travel nearly impossible. This makes it extremely difficult for our staff to meet with community members or for our new Team Angaza interns to go out in the field to identify and enroll out-of-school children. Our Intern Coordinator, Christine Mpoe, has slept and waited by flooded rivers until nearly 2 AM in the morning until they have become safe enough to cross in order to meet with community leaders and help us continue to make forward progress on new schools. Our Programs Manager, Josephat Mashati, and Schools Coordinator, Rebecca Ledidi, have managed to do the same. Their intrepid commitment and dedication through many challenges has allowed us to make much of the progress outlined below.

We began expanding our group of Team Angaza interns last October. Three of our new interns were brought on to meet gaps we have identified in the Loita Hills –– small pocket regions where we are seeing lower primary enrollment than expected. The other four interns have just undergone their first training and are now beginning to identify and enroll children into over 30 different public primary and ECD schools across Olderkesi and Nakairra, two adjoining regions we began expanding to towards the end of 2023. In the more remote areas there, families live in isolated homesteads and often, have had little exposure to formal education or to an understanding of the ways it can benefit their children and communities. Traditional practices of FGC and early marriage also remain high. We expect our work here to be a journey in which we will be learning and building upon local families and communities’ strengths to empower them to move from the known –– what they already know and do well –– to the unknown of new ideas and information about education and health. We will both be learning and look forward to the opportunity to be able to make a significant impact in this historically underserved region.

Just before the severe rains hit southern Kenya, we were able to celebrate the opening of several new classrooms at a third new day secondary school. The communities of Enairebuk and Olorte began fundraising for the first classrooms of their new school in August, 2023. By the following month, they had collectively sold enough goats and sheep to reach their fundraising goal, which we then matched 100%. The community used the collective funds to build the first two classrooms of the new Enairebuk Day Secondary School in September and held a public ceremony to celebrate their completion at the end of October. Nearly 1000 people attended, dressed in their finest Maasai jewelry and shukas. The first cohort of students began studying in these classrooms when the new school term began several weeks ago, and nearly 40 are now enrolled.

Each of our new secondary schools in Kenya are the result of 50-50% partnerships we create with existing primary schools and local communities: The community sets a goal to collectively fundraise for, and then we match their efforts 100%, offering additional support to communities experiencing extra hardships. 

Our ability to match the hard work of these communities is truly only possible thanks to the generosity of you, the people who support our work. Thank you for being part of the global community that makes these schools possible through your generosity and caring. We always wish we could transport each and every one of you to Kenya so you could experience for yourself the difference your caring has made in countless lives. Since that isn’t possible, we are sharing a small album of photos from our recent trip through the link below. Asante sana, as always, from the bottom of our hearts for helping us change the trajectory of so many young lives across the globe.


*Names used in this update are of our staff or beneficiaries with consent from all


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