MAASAI GIRLS EDUCATION PROJECT
Education is crucial for empowering Maasai girls!
When Maasai girls get the opportunity to go to school, they are able to make more choices in life. It empowers them to raise their voice against discrimination, violence and abuse. It makes a difference between whether they will be circumcised or not and whether they will have choice in whom they marry.
Many people around the world who are working towards change on a global scale believe that one of the most important things we can do is to educate young women and give them opportunities for leadership in their communities. There are many, many young girls who long for the chance to go to school and whose families cannot afford to send them. Empowering women through education not only changes their lives, but has a positive impact that reverberates throughout the whole community.
During the last century the Maasai have been caught in a difficult struggle, trying to hold on to the beauty and history of their traditional lives while also staying connected to the modern world. One of their biggest current challenge is access to education, due to the extremely high costs relative to their resources. Most families of 8 live on $10 a week and few parents, especially women, are not employed or have hope of employment due to lack of education or limited access to jobs. There is high illiteracy levels among adults in the Maasai community and this contributes to poor income at the house hold level.
Most families cannot afford to send all of their children, if any, to school. Girls have an even more difficult time getting access to education because boys are often given priority if a family can afford to send some children to school. In most case, girls are viewed as "disposable assets" which can be married off for the family to get livestock in form of dowry. Traditionally, the Maasai believe that a quality woman must be married, get children to ensure continuity of family linage. There is no minimum age set for a woman to get married so girls as young as 10 can be married off to much older men without their consent and are expected to behave and act like a grown up woman. Educating these girls will rescue them from trauma, physical harm and other abuses they go through in these marriages.
You can help!! Any size contribution makes an enormous difference! BCI’s connections with this particular community make the giving simple and direct. We can send the money directly to the schools, and we employ responsible Maasai community members to assist the children and check up on their progress. BCI volunteers also personally check up on the girls when we visit Kenya. You can be assured that 100% of your contribution goes directly into the student’s sponsorship.
Your contribution can either take the form of a simple donation to the cause, or if you’d like to fully sponsor a specific, individual girl annually, we can help find a girl in need and keep you informed of her progress!
Make a difference: Sponsor a Maasai girl to go to school
- $650/year pays for tuition, boarding, supplies, and transportation.
- $65/year pays for tuition and supplies at a local day school.
If you’d like to contribute, please make checks payable to the Biocultural Conservation Institute. In the memo line, please note: Maasai Girls Education Project (MGEP) and if you are a continuing sponsor please include the name of your student.
Please contact the new Naretoi chairty for information and to donate to this project.