For girls, school holidays often carry a higher risk of being forced to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM)

For girls, school holidays often carry a higher risk of being forced to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM)

School holidays are often a period in which girls are forced to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM). They go home from their schools for the holidays, and there is sufficient time to have them undergo and recover from the procedure before classes resume.   Help protect Maasai girls from forced FGM and early marriage. Allow them to continue being girls a while longer.   Many Maasai girls are forced to undergo FGM by the age of 13 and quickly become mothers themselves. Rescuing them from forced FGM and early marriage helps these girls avoid the potentially severe health-related complications of FGM, reduces infant mortality rates, allows the girls to benefit from more education, and helps them build a better life for themselves and eventually their own children.   You can make a real difference. Please donate today and help give these girls a brighter future.   coinsforchange.org/donate-now SaveSaveSaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSaveSaveSave...
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A new calf brings much needed additional nutrition and income

A new calf brings much needed additional nutrition and income

In the midst of one of the worst droughts in years, a new calf is born at the Coins for Change Gregoire SafeHouse! This calf will bring much needed nutrition and income to the SafeHouse, allowing more children and women to be protected until their domestic issues are resolved with the help of Chief Mary and they can return to their homes in safety. Girls and women come to the SafeHouse in search of a safe harbor, escaping from terrible conditions like domestic abuse, forced female genital mutilation (#FGM) and forced early marriage. Sincere thanks to all Coins for Change donors, who make incredible gifts like this possible and give the Maasai opportunities for a better now and a better future! SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave...
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5 Things Nonprofits should Learn from Effective Disaster Relief Efforts

5 Things Nonprofits should Learn from Effective Disaster Relief Efforts

Disaster relief efforts are designed to be immediate, focused and effective. People in dire need of help can’t afford to wait for bureaucratic organizations to set up relief teams or to have scarce resources misallocated to things which are neither urgent nor of the greatest importance. They need immediate help in specific areas, or things will get worse. Nonprofits that focus on longer term issues (such as food security, poverty alleviation, human rights, or economic development) can learn important lessons from observing disaster relief efforts and should apply these to how they organize themselves and operate in the field. The objective is ultimately the same: to have as much positive impact as possible given the resources available.   Five things nonprofits should learn from effective disaster relief efforts: 1. Understand the Issue Get a quick, firm grasp of the issue(s). Bring in people who are very close to the issue(s), as well as people who have different backgrounds and can raise considerations you might otherwise...
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Kenya is suffering one of the most severe, protracted droughts in over a decade. Join us in bringing much-needed relief to the Maasai.

Kenya is suffering one of the most severe, protracted droughts in over a decade. Join us in bringing much-needed relief to the Maasai.

Kenya is suffering one of the most severe, protracted droughts in over a decade. To the Maasai, this means their livestock is dying, their fragile crops are failing, and their water supply is vanishing as waterholes and rivers dry up. With no livestock left, Maasai herders are left with no means of buying food or paying school fees. Maasai women and girls are forced to walk for hours to fetch water for their families and livestock. The Kenyan government has declared a state of emergency, saying millions of Kenyans may face hunger and starvation. Donations made to Coins for Change are helping to bring some relief to the Maasai. A water well has been built next to Coins for Change's Gregoire Safe House. It provides women and children seeking refuge at the safe house with water as well as a sustainable food supply from land which can now be harvested and milk from livestock which can now survive the drought. Many Maasai...
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Meet Naishorua, a young girl who’s dreams of receiving an education are being put at risk by the fact that she is going blind in one eye

Meet Naishorua, a young girl who’s dreams of receiving an education are being put at risk by the fact that she is going blind in one eye

Meet Naishorua, a young girl who’s dreams of receiving an education are being put at risk by the fact that she is going blind in one eye. Naishorua is one of the young Maasai girls in standard three at Osoit Elementary School, a public school in Kenya. Public schools in Kenya typically aren’t well equipped to serve vision or hearing impaired children. These children often start falling behind on their learning and studies, and eventually drop out of school. Going blind in one eye, Naishorua needs an operation to save her sight. The operation only costs $421, but medical care like this is not an option for poor rural Maasai families. The money to pay for the trip to and from the hospital in Nairobi is a hardship, yet this family has managed to raise the money for the transportation as well as an additional $63. Please consider donating so that we may provide the funding for the surgery Naishorua desperately needs to...
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Meet Naboye, forced to flee her home to save herself from FGM and early marriage

Meet Naboye, forced to flee her home to save herself from FGM and early marriage

Meet Naboye, who was forced to flee from her home with her mother to save herself from female genital mutilation (FGM) and early marriage. Naboye, one of eight siblings, grew up like so many other Maasai girls, a victim and prisoner of extreme poverty and tradition. She was able to go to school for a brief period of time and showed herself to be hardworking and determined, but she missed too many school days in order to fulfill her obligations at home, and eventually dropped out of school. Her elder brother, tasked with providing for the family after they lost their father fifteen years ago, decided to have Naboye undergo FGM and sell her into early marriage. To save herself, Naboye fled with her mother to the Coins for Change SafeHouse, where they have been under the care of Chief Mary ever since. Now, with the generosity of a Coins for Change donor, Naboye is being given a chance at a better life....
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Hearing and vision problems often get in the way of a child’s education

Hearing and vision problems often get in the way of a child’s education

Ear infections and vision problems in Maasai children too often become more severe issues, resulting in hearing or visual impairment, because poverty levels are such that most Maasai families do not have the resources for (or, many times, even the access to) proper medical care.   Meet Shoke. Shoke is 11 years old, and was suffering from vision problems and longstanding untreated ear infections in both ears that had led to severe hearing impairments. Thanks to the generosity of a Coins for Change donor, Shoke has received glasses and has had a successful operation on one of his ears. Because he is now able to see and hear better, he has been able to start catching up in school and his test scores have already shown significant improvement! Unfortunately, Shoke still requires an operation for his other ear. Please help give him the gift of healthy hearing so that he can return to school and get the most out of his education, as he so dearly wants to do! Shoke must go all the way to Nairobi (four hours...
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The Safe House, a safe harbor for women and children in danger

The Safe House, a safe harbor for women and children in danger

When Maasai girls and women in the Amboseli region of Kenya feel endangered, they go to Chief Mary Kahingo. Given the number of women and girls who come seeking her help and protection, however, there is insufficient space in Chief Mary's home to accommodate them all. Coins for Change therefore built a Safe House next door to house these women and girls and provide them with a safe harbor until the dangers they face have been mitigated and they can safely return to their homes. Below are photographs of women and their children in the safe house. There are three women so far and four children whose cases are pending in court, awaiting rulings. Their cases are all similar. All three women have been subjected to domestic violence, been beaten, mistreated and neglected. ...
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What are the traditional roles of men and women in Maasai Culture?

What are the traditional roles of men and women in Maasai Culture?

The Maasai are a strongly patriarchal society. A boy's or man's age determines the role he is to play. Every 15 years, a new generation of warriors (called Morans, or Il-moran) is initiated, including all boys 12-25 years old who have reached puberty and who did not join the previous generation of warriors. Becoming a warrior is a matter of honor and responsibility, and boys undergo several rites of passage to achieve it. One such rite of passage is the emorata, a circumcision performed without anesthetic. The boy must endure the operation in silence (as expressions of pain can bring temporary dishonor upon him) and upon completion is considered a junior warrior. The healing process takes three to four months, and the junior warrior wears black clothes and lives in a separate village, called a manyatta, for four to eight months after the ceremony. The manyatta has no circular fence protecting it, emphasizing the role the warrior will play in protecting the community. During this time, junior warriors go through several rites of...
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Binghamton University Run with the Goats

Binghamton University Run with the Goats

For the past five years a group of students at Binghamton University, New York, has been raising money to donate goats to the Maasai through Coins for Change. They organize an annual run called “Running with the Goats”. Participants pay a fee to join the run and have the opportunity to  purchase handcrafted Maasai jewelry at the event. All proceeds go to donating goats to the Maasai!   If you would like to sponsor a similar event at your school or university, please do reach out to us! We can provide you with with information about other fundraising events, and provide you with visuals and information that you can print and use at your own event....
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