Our students value the opportunity to get a basic education.
A LIFE-CHANGING DAY IN ENGONG NAROK
The first day of school in 2017 was a life-changing event in for the people of Engong'Narok, particularly the girls and women.
Mothers and daughters shaved their heads to symbolize a new endeavor, and mothers dressed in their finest to celebrate.
They're grateful and relieved to know that their daughters and grand-daughters will never be cut and sold, as they once were.
CAN YOU IMAGINE DRINKING from a swamp?
Local wildlife of Amboseli Park
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This message deeply touched our hearts. Written in 2016 when we first offered to replace FGM with female education, the message speaks directly about the central goal of the Maasai Girls Fund. The message reads, "Thank you for educating and saving us."
In 2017, our friends and donors, Robert and Louise Solomon, visited the village and delivered 20 solar M-Powered lights to Engong Narok. We had intended them as light in their hand-made homes. But the community told us the lights were more useful for keeping hyenas or lions away at night!
We're sensitive about our interactions with our indigenous friends, who are moving toward modern life out of necessity. They need to make their own decisions about how to proceed, without completely destroying the best of their traditional way of life.
Fresh water is essential to ALL human beings. During the 7 year East Africa drought, Engong Narok's single hand pump failed: People were forced to drink from the swamp, and many fell ill. Thanks to our donors - we were able to pay for pipes and a tank to connect the village to a near-by borehole.
10,000 liters of clean water, available daily, right inside the village!
Thanks to a Rotary District 7475 grant from the Denville Sunrise Rotary Club, our sponsored students - and their classmates! - 180 girls in all - now have accurate information about the natural female cycle, and what it's all about. Plus, each girl was given a long-lasting, reusable "Hygiene Kit" - so she'll not have to be fear attending school on bleeding days. THANK YOU, Teresa LaSala and th Denville Sunrise Club!
Center-top is Joyce, the young woman we hired to help the girls understand the meaning and issues - emotional to practical - that arise from having a natural, normal female cycle.
She also distributed NIA comic books that turn taboos into accurate information, and embarrassment to girl empowerment. The books were created with the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Joyce with girls holding up their new long-lasting, reusable, sanitary kits.
Below are the ladies who made the kits. They are part of Choice Through Education, a program that teaches needy women to sew, and helps their children to stay in school.