Help MEF with Amazon Smile

Did you know you can support the Maasai Education Foundation (MEF) with almost every purchase you make on Amazon? Amazon donates 0.5% of most purchases to the charity of your choice that is registered with Amazon. So far, AMAZON has donated $536.77 to MEF and all you have to do is designate MEF as your AMAZON charity. It is easy. Just click on the link, log into your account, designate MEF as your charity and you are ready to go.

Thank you to all that contributed to MEF’s 2020 Giving Tuesday Successful Fundraiser!!!!!

The MEF 2020 Giving Tuesday Matching Fundraiser exceeded expectations thanks to you! Including donations through the PayPal Giving Fund, checks received, pledges and matching funds, we raised $45,284.22, just shy of our $48,000 goal! Thank you to all our generous donors!

With the funds you donated, we have started construction of our 1st dormitory for 124 children. Information about the dormitory is available here.

With our thanks, The MEF Board Members:
Brian Benham (Treasurer), Kerry Brisco, Rebecca Caldwell, Theo Dillaha (Chairperson), Margie Lee, Karen Scalf-Benham, Audrey Spielmann, Randy Stith

MEF #GivingTuesday Matching Fundraiser is 3 Days Away

The Maasai Education Foundation’s annual MEF #GivingTuesday Matching Fundraiser starts at 8am Tuesday and runs from Dec. 1-13, 2020

This is MEF’s biggest fundraiser of the year and Facebook will be matching donations for a few seconds starting at 8:00 AM EST. Other MEF supporters will be matching the first $10,000 in donations not matched by Facebook. Matched funds will be used to complete the Phase I dormitory construction. Last year we raised $43,890 through our 2019 #GivingTuesday fundraiser and this year our goal is $48,000: $26,000 in scholarship funds and $22,000 to complete the Phase I dormitory construction. The $26,000 in scholarship funds is what our generous donors who sponsor children at the school donated in 2020. The cost to sponsor a child in 2021 is the same as last year, $700, and includes tuition, room and board, clothing and medical care for the 11 months the students are at the Engaruka English Medium Primary School. The school serves children from pastoralist families that often do not attend primary school. We currently have 210 children in grades pre-school through 3rd grade and will have pre-school through 4th grade in January with 30 new pre-schoolers. Please consider donating again.

BY CHECK: Send checks payable to the Maasai Education Foundation, 345 Woods Lane, Newport, VA 24128.
BY CREDIT CARD (with no fees):

MEF Matching Summer Fundraiser a HUGE Success – THANK YOU!

MEF’s 1st matching fund drive was successful and greatly exceeded our expectations! A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL OUR GENEROUS DONORS!!!!! Our goal was to raise $31,000 with $10,000 for child sponsorships and $21,000 to start construction of the Engaruka English Medium Primary School’s first dormitory. We received a total of $15,935 in donations and a $10,120 match for a total of $26,055. Plus, we have additional donations of $10,450 in process for a grand total of $36,505. As a result, we may be able to send a little more to the school to start construction of the dormitory this fall.

2019 Facebook #GivingTuesday Fundraiser Results

Thank you to everyone that supported our #GivingTuesday Fund Drive!!!!!! We raised a total of $23,458 through Facebook for school scholarships and construction and we may receive some additional matching funds from Facebook. We will not know about the matching funds for two or three weeks. We still need to raise about $13,752 to meet our scholarship funds goal. If you can help, it would be greatly appreciated. No gift is too small or to large. You can contribute through our Facebook 2020 Scholarship Fund for EEMPS Students Fundraiser or through one of the other means on our Donate Now pageThankyouGIF.

Thank You Crane Family!


The Crane Family donation will fund the roofs and ceilings for the classroom/library building as well a finishing the floors and walls and electrical and plumbing systems. Pictures of windows and doors just installed in Phase II classroom building are below. Glass window panes installed later.

Now we just need about $18,500 to finish the dining hall/kitchen/ laundry, power house, and guest houses if you have a need to donate.

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EEMPS Updates

My apologies for the lack of updates since Martha and Maria visited in August but a lot has happened.

First our new dining hall/kitchen/laundry is under roof and being used for meetings. We can’t use it completely until we raise $12,000 more to equip the kitchen, plaster walls, purchase and install doors and windows, and finish the floor. Also cannot install the new photovoltaic system donated by Service without Borders until doors and windows are installed for security.

Second, and most importantly, we are ready to start construction on our Phase II classroom/library expansion that is required for us to receive conditional primary school certification and offer 1st grade next year. The Phase II expansion will include 4 classrooms, a library, and toilet/shower room and we need $32,000 for the contractor to start construction. Later, we’ll need an additional $21,000 to completely finish Phase II. Please consider donating to the Phase II classroom expansion through Facebook. If you donate on #GivingTuesday early enough after 8am EST, Facebook will match your donation.


If I understand things correctly from Martha, 41 of 48 our pre-school students will be moving on to first grade. Until we complete the Phase II expansion, 25 1st graders will attend the Tumaini Junior School in Karatu as boarding students and 15 1st graders will be registered at Nashipay Maasai School.

Next year we will have 41 pre-school students: 8 young students from this year that are not ready for 1st grade, 10 students whose families can afford tuition and fees and 23 students needing sponsors. Sponsorship rates for 2019 (students are in school for 11 months) are $900 for boarding students (all girls and the few boys attending Tumaini Junior School in Karatu) and $640/year for day students (boys). Please consider sponsoring one of our 23 new pre-schoolers.

1st MEF Fundraiser a Success

Our 1st fundraiser was held Wednesday, April 25 in the home of a supporter, who also sponsored the event catering. We were not sure what to expect since we had never held a fundraiser before. We had posters and a video about our work and our parther Service without Borders also had a poster. We had invited approximately 100 people and about half came. Many of those that could not come sent donations. We raised over $10,000 and donations are still coming in. We now have enough funds to finish construction of the dining hall/laundry, scholarships for 4 additional children, and a start on funding for the $68,000 classroom/library expansion. Our only faux pas was that we were so busy that we forgot to take pictures of the event. Thank you to all our donors!

Video shown at the event (YouTube)

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Service without Borders students talk about work at Engaruka English Medium Primary School

Virginia Tech Service without Borders students talked about their work at the Engaruka English Medium Primary School on the local news last night. They gave an overview of what they did last summer (helped construct 1st classroom building) and what they plan to do this summer (photovoltaic system for dining hall and teach English). Link to the video is: