Education Projects
Educating Girls, Boys and Women in Training for the Future

Student Sponsorship

MCEP has established a student sponsorship program to help provide school fees to educate Maasai children and adults. In the past our education program has included more than 100 sponsored students per year. The students are sponsored on an ongoing basis through the generous support of individuals, groups and schools.

You can choose the level that you want to support.

Primary School: $150 per year

1 student Secondary School: $700 per year

1 student College: $3,500 per semester

Working directly with SIMOO in Kenya, US schools and organizations are currently sponsoring students in primary, secondary schools and college.
Please make your tax-deductable donation payable to MCEP,
and designate your donation in support of the Education Fund.

Educating the Next Maasai Generation
by Alice Sparks, Education Coordinator

Our generous donors have graciously kept many needy Maasai children in school.

girlskids eating

We have had numerous donors continue educational support of children who have been enrolled in our program—some as long as 7 years. We have experienced the joy of having a few students advance from Primary to Ccollege. The importance of education cannot be emphasized enough. A child who has had the opportunity to attend school will be far more likely to send their own children to school. So the gift of education improves the lives of future generations.

The Maasai school year runs from January to December.

Maasai leaders are encouraging education along with the preservation of their culture. Maasai students realize the importance of returning to the village to share their educational skills and improve the living standards of their tribal community.

Buckingham Friends visits Ereteti Primary School

Students from Buckingham Friends visited Ereteti Primary School at the site of the Kimuka well where a garden was planted behind the school. Eretiti teacher standing next to Francis and Sarah, explains the progress.

Buckingham Friends School raised $2,000 toward a SIMOO project to build a $13,000 greenhouse in Olosho-oibor. In June, seven students-- along with BFS chaperone/teachers Kim Troup and Melissa Trice, traveled to the Olosho-Oibor region of Kenya for a ten-day sojourn. Hosted by our Maasai friends, the students and teachers experienced the goal of our mission: an opportunity for a cultural exchange between people and lifestyles.

The students who traveled on this powerful journey were Jake Zaren, Scarlett Waldman, Christopher Troup, Isabelle Phillips, Madison Lewis, Ben Kesh, and Aaron Boerner.

Dear Mr. McCray, Executive Director NGWREF

My name is Kimberly Troup, a teacher at Buckingham Friends School (BFS). In 2007, a seventh grader at BFS completed a school service project to benefit the Maasai Tribe in Kenya. It was through her involvement in this project that I met Phyllis Eckelmeyer, co-founder and activist in the Maasai Cultural Exchange Project (MCEP) in Doylestown, PA. Ms. Eckelmeyer introduced me to Francis ole Sakuda, a respected leader of the Maasai tribe in Kenya, East Africa and also the executive director of SIMOO, a community based non-profit organization registered in Kenya as an NGO. Francis and Phyllis visited our school to give a presentation about his Maasai community in Kenya and explain the need for water in Maasailand. They also spoke of SIMOO’s goal to establish and maintain schools for the Maasai children, an effort supported by MCEP. Through their visit, BFS was able to initiate a cultural exchange bringing three Maasai students to visit our school in April 2009.

In June 2009, Hillary Spitzer, a teacher and leader of our school’s Joint Environmental Mission Program (JEM), along with Jen Ellsworth, CEO of Frog Pond Productions and co-founder of MCEP, joined me on a visit to Mr. Sakuda’s village in Kenya for the purpose of exploring the possibility of a future student exchange. This goal was realized the following year in June 2010, when I led the first BFS group of seven students on a trip to Kenya hosted by the Maasai in the Olosho-oibor region. Students and faculty stayed in Maasai huts with no running water or toilets, no electricity or paved roads. We experienced the fascinating Maasai culture and everyday lives of this indigenous tribe.

We visited projects funded by MCEP including boreholes and pump houses, pipeline and cisterns for water distribution and storage. In addition, we spoke to teachers and children at local schools. It was through this visit that we understood how the children’s lives are impacted as a result of the wells, and how access to the water allows the community to improve their health and living standards. In addition to these improvements, SIMOO and MCEP have shared initiatives to build a greenhouse near one of the schools with access to a borehole. BFS students have raised funds to further the greenhouse project.

Between my visits in 2009 and 2010, I witnessed growth and opportunities that are now available to the Maasai as a result of potable ground water. The boreholes paved the way for sustaining the schools. The schools serve the community as educational centers for the children but have also become instrumental cultural centers for school families and others in the community. At one school, we walked with the students as they tended their garden plots located on school grounds close to the water source. See photo above.

In our visits to the schools with the students last summer, it also became clear to us that there is still a great need to continue the effort to drill more wells and bring water to other remote, arid parts of Maasailand. The need is evident as some schools struggle to maintain the educational program without access to water. Students who walk such a long distance in the arid climate suffer when they do not have water. Families are unable to remain healthy and strong enough to care for themselves and their community members and also allow time to attend school. So much of the children’s time and energy must be dedicated to the fundamental needs, as they are required to walk and carry the water a great distance to and from the few wells that do exist. It is imperative that we support the efforts to keep the schools open and without water, this becomes more and more difficult. I urge you to strongly support the efforts to bring more water to a community that has already demonstrated a tremendous effort in improving their lives and those of their children.

Thank you,
Kimberly Troup

Buckingham Friends School
English/History Teacher
Grades 7 & 8
215-794-7491 ext 105