The Amazing Maasai Girls Project
THE REASON WE RUN
The Amazing Maasai Ultra marathon is the primary fundraising event of the Amazing Maasai Girls Project, a registered non-profit 501c3 organization based in the USA (EIN: 27-3462760).
THE PROJECT'S MISSION
The Amazing Maasai Girls Project was founded in August 2011 with the goal of providing full-board high-school scholarships to academically gifted girls from Maasai tribes in Laikipia North, Kenya, whose families would otherwise not have the means to fund their secondary education.
The mission of The Amazing Maasai Girls Project is to help adolescent Maasai girls avoid childhood marriage & motherhood, empowering them through education to find employment and independence as adults. We believe that education can improve not only the lives of the girls and their immediate families, but also of those in the wider community, which is why the Project and its main fundraiser, The Amazing Maasai Ultra-marathon, is committed to being community-based and community-backed.
THE STORY SO FAR...
The Amazing Maasai Ultra raised more than US$60,000 for the
Amazing Maasai Girls Project since 2011. As a result, and after an in-depth selection process, a total of 28 girls have been awarded four-year scholarships to one of 3 high schools in the local area to the race.
The selection process involved a small local team, headed-up by Solomon Saidimu, selecting academically high-performing female students at primary schools across in Laikipia North - those from under-privileged backgrounds - and inviting them to apply and to be interviewed.
Our first intake of girls started their first term in February 2012, either attending St. Francis' Girls School in DolDol, Il-Polei Mixed or Kimanjo Mixed high schools. The second year's intake started in March 2013 (photos here).
THE GIRLS' FUTURE
When the selected girls graduate secondary school after the four-year program, they will have obtained the necessary qualifications, resources and self-confidence to move to a town, get a job, and earn money for their families - opportunities unavailable to most Maasai girls. Without this education, the girls would have been married as young teenagers, starting a family before they've had a chance to choose the path in life they'd like to take.
YOUR PART IN THIS STORY!
There are many more adolescent girls whose futures could be transformed by staying on at school, rather than starting their adult lives at just 13-years old. The Amazing Maasai Project continues in 2013, and we welcome your support.
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MAASAI GIRLS & EDUCATION
HIGH-SCHOOL - COST BREAKDOWN
To attend high-school/secondary school in Kenya, it costs US$400 per year, including room and board. Four years of secondary schooling, and the freedom this education brings, costs a total of US$1600 per student.
The Amazing Maasai Ultra is held to raise money to sponsor more girls through school.
|Secondary School Tuition Fees:|
|Total (1 year)||33,710||$400|
|Year of Schooling||4||4|
|Total Tuition (4 years)||134,840||$1,600|