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Maasai Girls Education Fund

Works to improve the literacy, health, and economic well-being of Maasai women in Kenya through scholarships for girls and community education.

One of the poorest tribes in East Africa, the Maasai people have proudly maintained their traditional lifestyle. In the process of preserving their culture, however, they have embraced a system where cultural pressures against women’s education are nothing short of overwhelming.

maasai-girls-photo1Maasai Girls Education Fund (MGEF) focuses on the Maasai community in Kenya where only 48 percent of girls enroll in school, and only 5 percent of those who enroll reach the secondary school level.  The vast majority of girls are circumcised at a young age and married before the age of 15 to men chosen by their fathers.

MGEF works to improve the literacy, health, and economic well-being of Maasai women through education. We provide scholarships for girls who would otherwise never go to school or would have to drop out for cultural or economic reasons. We are committed to helping each of our students acquire the knowledge and skills to get a job in Kenya, whether through secondary school, vocational school, or college.

Our goal is to educate a generation of Maasai girls so they can have economic independence.  We are succeeding. For example, Simantoi Kilama, sponsored by MGEF from 2000–2006, is our first college graduate and our first student to get a job. She is now working in Nairobi as a public health nurse. Her defiance, determination, and ultimate success have now won her family’s respect and paved the way for younger girls in her family.

Contact Information

MGEF USA: Maasai Girls Education Fund
5800 MacArthur Blvd., NW
Washington, DC 20016-2512
U.S.A.
T: (202) 237-0535
F: (202) 237-0536
E: zbottgoins@maasaigirlseducation.org
www.maasaigirlseducation.org

MGEF Kenya: Maasai Girls Education Fund
P.O. Box 299
01100 Kajiado, Kenya
T: 254-45-21256
E: mgefkajiado@yahoo.com

Financial Information

Maasai Girls Education Fund is classified as a 501(c)(3) organization. Click below to view our most recent independent audit and IRS Form 990.


Banner photo: MGEF students (from left): Sintama Melita, Ntanin Tarayia (the first MGEF student), and Kanayia Kosassi.
Photo left: Simantoi Kilama (middle) with her father and mother

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Here’s what your donation will provide.

  • $20 basic personal supplies, such as soap, toilet paper, sanitary pads, laundry detergent for one Maasai girl.
  • $50 a school and physical education uniform, shoes, personal hygiene products, and supplies.
  • $100 a mattress, one set of sheets, a blanket, and trunk.
  • $250 a year of primary boarding school for one girl.
  • $500 a year of secondary school for one girl.
  • $1500 a year of vocational school for one girl.
  • $2000 a year of college/university for one girl.

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To donate to this member charity by check, please print our designation form and mail it with your check to

Aid for Africa
P.O. Box 8734
Topeka, KS 66608

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