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Maasai Education Discovery Charity Profile
Maasai Education Discovery (MED) is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization located in Boston, Massachusetts, London, England and Narok, Kenya. MED was founded in 1999 by Ledama Olekina, a Maasai from Kenya to promote education for the Maasai people. From the start, MED was designed to use technology to promote bicultural education between the Maasai and people of Western nations. Since it was established, MED has increased Maasai access to education, empowered Maasai women and girls as well created economic development opportunities. MEDís activities encompass human rights, education, health, and community development. In total there are five core aspects that make up MED all of which operated from MED center in Narok, Kenya.
The five core aspects of MED are:
1. Community Center (Community Library and Business Center)
2. Community College
3. Cultural Art Center
4. Community Development Programs
5. Short-Term Volunteer Programs
MED working in collaboration with Individual sponsors, The United States Agency for International Development, (USAID) One Here One There, a non profit 501 C ( 3), BNP Paribas, The Maasai Foundation of America, INC., and numerous other anonymous donors, sponsor over 800 Maasai students a year to attend primary, secondary and tertiary level of education. The program targets Maasai children, mostly girls who, for various reasons, lack the resources and opportunity to pursue their education. The program works toward increasing the retention level of Maasai children in schools.
Maasai Education Discovery Volunteer Information
The Maasai Education Discovery short term volunteer project is designed for volunteers, individuals or families who would like to spend a month in Africa helping make a difference in peopleís lives.
Volunteers will work specifically with the Maasai and Swahili communities of Kenya, in Narok and Malindi to support essential educational, healthcare and environmental programs. Volunteer program last for a maximum of one month, volunteers will spend two week in Malindi, working with the Swahili people and one week in Nairobi and one week in Narok working with the Maasai people of Kenya. Pre-Med students, nurses, doctors are encouraged to apply for the health programs, while teachers and environmentalist are encouraged to apply to the education and environmental program respectfully.
All volunteer programs include a one day trip to the Maasai Mara game reserve as well as cultural excursions in Maasai villages and homesteads.
Maasai Education Discovery Donation Information
There are many ways to support Maasai Education Discovery (MED) that help support our programs, and also educate the Maasai and contribute to our effort to promote a bicultural approach to education around the world.