About Us

maasai women loanna 016Maasai women of Kenya saw the need for education for themselves and young girls. After a safari trip in 2000, Loanna and Jon Day, retired teachers from Kitsap County, WA, began working with a small group of volunteers to help first one young woman, then a second woman with funds for school fees. In November, 2005  MWEEP Kenya became an official CBO (Community Based Organization) formed with a cost/share philosophy to help families provide that education.  In 2008, MWEEP USA became an official 501(c)3  to provide the needed funds with Loanna Day as founding President.

MWEEP educates Maasai girls and women through cost-sharing  scholarships and training programs. Funds help to offset the cost of Secondary School, Post Secondary,
and Empowerment classes. MWEEP supports women who are working to start their own businesses and/or becoming community leaders. Whether a student or a budding entrepreneur, these determined ladies become independent, successful women.

MWEEP USA is managed by a board of 6 volunteer women from Kitsap County, Washington. All are devoted to helping women become educated.

 

maasai women and girls

Beginning in 2007 and continuing until 2013, MWEEP has helped 153 girls attend secondary school.  Many girls attend more than 2 years of secondary school and the majority complete through Form 4.  Upon completion of  secondary school young women see the advantages of going to post-secondary colleges, universities and vocational schools.  In 2013 alone, MWEEP assisted 24 women in post-secondary education.

Today, MWEEP continues to enjoy support from its many generous donors. It is through these “Gift of Hope” donations that so many Masailand girls and women achieve their dreams of education that improves their lives. Every year, MWEEP works diligently to use 90% of funds donated for education purposes in Kenya.

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MWEEP USA Board of Directors

 l to r standing: Barbara Stark, Liz Drew
l to r sitting: Pat O’Rourke, Ann Mossman, Sue Edwards, Barbara Coffey