Welcome to Mweep
MWEEP is a 501(c)3 based in Kitsap County, WA, that seeks to educate 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.
Why Girls Education?
For cultural and financial reasons Maasai girls have little access to secondary education. As a result, they are often bartered for a dowry of cattle in an arranged marriage as young as age 12.
When they are able to attend secondary and post-secondary schools, they become agents of change for their family and community.
MWEEP seeks to create long-term change by empowering girls to achieve far beyond what otherwise would be impossible, thus equipping them to serve their community for the rest of their lives.
MWEEP TO DATE
MWEEP began keeping formal records in 2007 and by the end of 2022 MWEEP had sent 1,116 young girls to secondary school and 367 women onto post-secondary school. This year in 2023 alone there are 99 young girls in secondary schools and 43 enrolled in post-secondary college/universities/vocational schools. Because of the support you have given, lives changed and women are now teachers, accountants, secretaries. business managers, working in community development, tailors, hair dressers, medical workers, bankers, entrepreneurs. This all happened because mothers said, “We want different lives for our daughters, but we need help.” You stepped up and helped!
UN research has shown that one of the most effective ways to improve the economic well being of a community is to educate its women.
Jared Akama Ondieki, Center For Partnership And Civic Engagement
Study after study has taught us that there is no tool for development more effective than the education of girls. No other policy is as likely to raise economic productivity, lower infant and maternal mortality, improve nutrition and promote health, including the prevention of HIV/AIDS.
Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General
Investment in girls' education may well be the highest-return investment available in the developing world.