About the Maasai Childrenâ€™s Initiative
Who We Are: A locally run organization with American backing
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 womenâ€™s empowerment in rural Maasai communities.
MCI is supported financially by Matthew P. Bergman, a Seattle-based trial lawyer, and is registered in the United States as a 501(c) (3) private non-profit corporation. Mr. Bergman serves as Chair of the board of directors.
What Makes Us Unique: A sustainable model that delivers meaningful results
MCI rejects the â€śtop-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 300 Maasai girls who otherwise might not receive an education, and we feed hundreds of children daily. Our programs also have a ripple effect in the communities we touch, through improved nutrition and hygiene, access to computer technology, conservation awareness, and new opportunities for business development.