About the Maasai Children’s Initiative
Created by Maasai for Maasai
MCI is a community-based organization headquartered in the Talek community in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve in Southen Kenya. Our founder and executive director, Sekeyian Yiaile, grew up in a Maasai village, attended college and graduate school in the United States, and returned to Kenya to promote educational opportunity, economic development and women’s empowerment in rural Maasai communities.
MCI is registered in the United States as a 501(c) (3) private non-profit corporation.
What Makes Us Unique: A sustainable model that delivers meaningful results
MCI rejects the “top-down” approach promoted by many Western charities. Instead, we work within existing Maasai community structures and social networks to nurture the forces of progressive change and educational development. Our schools enroll more than 300 students, mostly girls who otherwise might not receive an education. In 2012, Mara Hills Academy, the boarding school, placed in the top five primary schools for national testing results in its district of 38 schools. The test covered science, math, English, Kiswahili, social studies/religion.
Our schools also have a ripple effect in the communities we touch, through improved nutrition, hygiene, and water quality; access to computer technology; conservation awareness; and new opportunities for business development.