About The Maasai
The Maasai are a noble and dignified people who have proudly maintained their traditional lifestyle and cultural identity. Despite their rich culture and proximity the Maasai Mara national park, which draws close to 300,000 tourists each year, the Maasai are one of the most marginalized and poorest tribes in East Africa. Less than 10 percent of Maasai children complete primary school.
Very few Maasai girls attend school. Instead, they learn to build and maintain their homes (which are made from cow dung and tree branches), walk miles for water and wood, care for children, and cook food over an open fire. Most Maasai girls are circumcized, married and pregnant by the time they are 15 years old. Female literacy among the Maasai is less than five percent. In contrast, Kenya’s average literacy level is at an all-time high of 80 percent.
Yet, study after study about promoting progress in developing countries points to educating girls as the single most effective avenue to achieving economic and social growth in the developing world.