Maasai Girls Fund 
Tradional Maasai villages are circular communities called "bomas."  Traditionally, the women build hand-made homes from sticks, dung and ashes, that form a sturdy structure with the feel of concrete. Each home lasts for about 7 years.  
When we first visited Engongnarok in 2012, our hosts led us through a set of 2 circular thorn fences - their only protection from roaming hyenas and lions. 
Welcome to Engong'Narok Village, pop.>500

According to The World Bank and UN, educating girls and women is most certain way to end abject poverty.  
Educated women are healthier and have healthier children.
They use their resources to lift up their families and communities
​Please join our effort 
Living Conditions in the Village,  
written by Moses Saruni, June, 2014

We live in a house of two beds and holes acting as windows. No lights at night and a lot of smoke which mostly affects our eyes. Our village is fenced with thorny bushes which hardly prevent lions, cheetahs and hyenas from getting in. We have one water hand pump which serves 500 people and above. The pump sometimes is destroyed by the elephants, then forcing us to drink from the contaminated swamp.*

The village has no toilets, and at the raining season many people fall ill. We own no means of transport and when someone is critically ill, we sometimes lose them before we get transport from our neighboring lodges.**

​*this was before we brought clean water to the village in 2015.
**outhouses were built in 2015, and in 2019, we furnished the village with its own motorbike. Outside of rainy season, they can now transport people who are too ill to be treated locally to the nearest hospital.
"We have nursery schools in our villages, with very bright pupils but under very poor conditions. We have a single classroom with many pupils and not enough desks.

Many of the children are from poor families. Sometimes they come even without having a cup of tea that dusty cold early morning, and bad enough if we have no food at school, then it becomes another hell life. Many are forced to leave the school due to such harsh conditions."
Moses Saruni, June 2014
Plight of Maasai Women
by Moses Saruni, June, 2016

"Women are very much less valued than men here. They own nothing at all, not the sheep, cattle and land that the Maasai have, yet they are the ones who care for all this.

Women have no say; she cannot make any decision. Many families strive to send boy child to school and force the girl child for circumcision and early forced marriage. Women are responsible for making house and bringing up the children with no help of a father. They travel long distance for water and firewood. 

Many Maasai women are mistreated by their husbands, beaten up and hence developing many health problems at young age. They give birth to too many children, hence they are having poor diets or poor living standard. Maasai women suffer mostly from stress. They give up so early due to their many children and watching them suffering.

There is much need of girls to have rights like other children, to get educated and work without limits. We are sure that educating our girls will help end poverty and bring happiness to our mothers and new knowledge to our daddies. Maasai women are very intelligent, hardworking and very human. A few who are already in school and a few who were lucky to finish can easily tell. They are the best people you would ever like to meet or have in your life.

Girls and women are treated harshly and that must change. There is need to make life shine and better to our people. By having a little bit improved life, many changes will follow."
2012 This single pump that the village's only source of water in 2012. 
Worse, it failed in 2017, due to the 7 year East African drought and the swamp below became the only source of water for about 500 people. Many people fell ill.  

2012 Young girls gathering wood for nightly cooking fires.  At that time, the economic value of a girl was in the amount of cows a man would pay for her, as a child bride.  It's different now!
The Maasai people are herders who live in Kenya and Tanzania. The villages we help are located on the edge of Amboseli National Park, in Kenya. Amboseli, in the shadow of Tanzania's Mt. Kilimanjaro, is home to a great variety of wildlife, including over 1,700 elephants.
The Village, 2012
A New Day, 2016, 2017
Despite their lack of creature comforts, possessions, and life amenities, Maasai people have a unique sense of style and beauty. Here, our students' grateful mothers - dressed in their best in 2016, are celebrating the end of FGM and forced child marriage, and beginning of education for girls
2017, 2018

What a difference a few short years have made! 
Our students, 2017. They will never be  sold as child brides!  
In 2017, the fund paid to connect the village to a nearby Kenyan gov't. borehole: The men dug  and laid pipes in concrete so that villagers could have a tank with 10,000 liters of clean water  in the village. They built a trough outside for their animals and wandering wildlife.
Having clean water dramatically improved life in Engong'Narok!
Solar panels mean no more long walks and hours spent walking to charge one of the villages cell phones... And in typical Maasai sharing culture, the villagers donated a panel to a local school.
Scroll for timeline of our fund.  More is coming....
The mothers of the students we sponsor are deeply grateful for the changes we helped create in their community. We are elevating females long oppressed by a strong patriarchal society.
We brought 2 donated "Sun Flair" solar cookers on our last visit, in Jan. 2019. They were highly effective and amazed us all! The women laughed with pleasure when we tasted food cooked by the sun!  

Solar cookers mean:
1. no need to walk long distances, cut tree limbs, and carry them for miles for cooking fires
2. less carbon and smoke pollution inside the villagers' huts