MaraGirls is a nonprofit school licensed under and recognized by the Kenyan Government. The school works in private–public partnership with international and local sponsors, Foundations, Trusts and other support organizations with an interest in empowering African communities to improve the lives of children – especially the girl child.
MaraGirls is set at the edge of the Masai Mara Game Reserve in Southwest Kenya. This is one of the World’s wildlife richest areas and, at the same time, one of the poorest and most marginalized regions in East Africa, located far from the political and financial elite and decision-making institutions.
The story of the Maasai in Kenya is one of up rooting and moving. Having been evicted from ancestral land several times, a portion of this small tribe finally settled in Masai Mara. As a tribe, the Maasai have always held a strong grip on their culture and maintained many of their values and oral traditions.
This provides an opportunity in preserving the original expressions of the Maasai culture. At the same time it’s a challenge for any community today – facing rapid change – how to adapt to new and modern lifestyles without loosing touch with traditions and history.
Hence, MaraGirls believe there’s a need to support young courageous leadership that can take the Maasai and Masai Mara into the future. Still, many girls in the region are not able to attend school due to prohibitive costs. Amongst those that do, many will not reach graduation day due to traditional practices. MaraGirls was started to offer a solution to these challenges.
Our approach helps local communities and rural Maasai schools identify the most talented and vulnerable children and offer a development plan for them at MaraGirls.