“Salvation for a race, nation, or class must come from within. Freedom is never granted; it is won. Justice is never given; it is exacted. Freedom and justice must be struggled for by the oppressed of all lands and races, and the struggle must be continuous.”

–A. Philip Randolph

Our People

Sekeyian Yiaile, President

Sekeyian Yiaile grew up in a Maasai village, completed secondary school in Kenya and obtained her BA in the United States from LeMoyne Owen College in 2006. She founded MCI in 2007 with a single school feeding program at Enkongu Narok Village School in the Amboseli National Park, and has overseen its growth into an organization that has built two schools, enrolling more than 300 students, mostly girls.

Matthew Bergman, Chairman

Matthew Bergman is a Seattle-based lawyer and political activist. He began funding MCI in 2007 and has been directly involved in the organization’s expansion and development. A frequent visitor to Kenya, Bergman has published numerous articles on African policy and narratives describing his experiences.

Rita Olson, Treasurer

A key player since MCI began in 2007, Rita oversees administrative and financial management for the organization.  What Rita enjoys most about MCI:  “The feeling you get when you see how much the Maasai children and their families appreciate all that we do for them; the smile on a child’s face when he or she gets their first pair of real shoes & socks; and the pride I feel for participating in an organization that truly changes the lives of many children.”