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Educating women is the single, most effective way to reduce poverty, improve health and economic well-being, and bring development to communities throughout the world. MGEF is focusing on the Maasai community in Kenya, where only 48 percent of girls enroll in school, and only 10 percent reach secondary school level. Persistent poverty and cultural belief systems perpetuate the subjugation of women, denying them basic human rights.
If you educate a woman, she will know her rights and have the confidence and independence to stand up for them. She will choose whom to marry and when to marry. She will have fewer children, and they will be healthier and better educated than the previous generation. She will not circumcise her daughters. She will have economic security. She will spend 90 percent of her income on her family, compared to 35 percent that an educated man would spend. She will help support her parents. She will not forget where she came from.
The economic, cultural and physical factors that combine to deny education to Maasai girls in Kenya are numerous and, taken together, almost impossible for all but the most determined girls to overcome.
MGEF has developed a comprehensive strategy to get more girls enrolled in school and to keep them in school until they have the knowledge and skills to enter the workforce in Kenya.