Real Impact. Real Change.

With your generous donations, we have been able to touch and protect the lives of many Maasai children, women and families in Amboseli, Kenya.Thank you. We couldn't have achieved this without you! Over 1,000 galla goats have been donated... ... providing families and bomas (Maasai villages) with the means to combat poverty and hunger in a sustainable manner. Read more Six bomas (Maasai villages) have been adopted... ... providing them with the cows and goats necessary to sustain and nourish them, and helping to pay school fees for village children. Read more 48 children have been sponsored into quality boarding schools... ... improving their prospects for the future and protecting the girls from FGM and early marriage. Read more 2 teacher houses have been built and $2,500 provided for school books... ... to the local village school, enabling the school to provide a better quality education for the children. Read more A Safe House has been built... ... providing women and girls in peril with a safe harbor until the dangers they face have...
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Meet the Leadership Team

Founder and Chief Executive Director Kathleen McIntire In 2007, the founder of Coins for Change, Kathleen McIntire, sponsored a young Kenyan girl so that she could attend a good boarding school. In 2008, she agreed to help another foundation raise funds by walking 100 kilometers across the Kenyan savanna ending up in a place just under Mt. Kilimanjaro called Amboseli. Each person on the walk had a Maasai Warrior for protection. Kathy's warrior lived in Amboseli and showed her the part of Amboseli that tourists do not see. She found few schools, and very poor and hungry children. She also found a deep-rooted inequality between the sexes that constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against girls and women. Kathleen returned to Amboseli three months later to meet with the Maasai leadership to see how she could help. A Maasai Advisory Board was formed to give her guidance, and Coins for Change was established.   Project Manager Linda Sullivan Linda first traveled to Kenya in 2008, where she met Kathy, as she also sponsored the education...
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What makes us Different

Coins for Change has a Maasai Advisory Board that helps direct our efforts and maximize the impact of our projects and donations Coins for Change established and maintains a very strong relationship and open dialogue with Maasai chiefs in the Amboseli region of Kenya. It is through this close connection to the Maasai people that Coins for Change has seen, up close, the key issues perpetuating this vicious cycle and has been able to develop targeted and effective projects to address them. The collaboration with the Maasai chiefs and people is such that Coins for Change actually has three Maasai chiefs, two Maasai elders and one Maasai Midwife on their Advisory Board. In fact, the first and only Maasai woman chief in all of Kenya, Chief Mary Kahingo, sits on the Advisory Board of Coins for Change. No less important is the fact that all Coins for Change volunteers are locals and members of the Maasai tribe.   Coins for Change donors can see the...
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Vision and Mission

 Our VisionA world in which every Maasai child has the freedom and opportunity to create a better future for themselves.   Our Mission To rescue poor, marginalized Maasai children in Amboseli, Kenya, by putting an end to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and early marriage and providing the children with the education, resources and freedom to make a better future for themselves. ...
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Contact Us

If you would like to get involved, or if you would like to hear more about what we do, please do reach out to us. Either email us at info@coinsforchange.org or use the Contact Form below. To donate now and change a life today, please click here. No donation is too small or too big. Thank you for caring!   ...
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Our Work

Coins for Change has five donation-based focus areas, all of which address the key issues identified with our Maasai Advisory Board. Sponsoring Children’s Education. Being sponsored into a quality boarding school helps protect Maasai girls from forced FGM and early marriage, and provides them with three meals a day and a good education. These girls tend to marry later in life and foster healthier and more prosperous conditions for their families and communities. Read more. Alleviating poverty. In 2009, Kenya had a severe drought that killed 90% of the Maasai’s livestock. Most Amboseli Maasai now live on 35c a day. Donating a goat to a family gives them a sustainable source of nutrition and income, as the goat’s milk can be consumed or exchanged for other much-needed items. Read more.   Building a Safe House. When Maasai girls and women are endangered in Amboseli, Kenya, they run to Chief Mary Kahingo. The Safe House is being built next to Chief Mary’s home and will protect the women and girls until the courts...
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About Us

Coins for Change Coins for Change is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization whose mission it is to save the lives and futures of poor, marginalized Maasai children in the Amboseli region of Kenya, by putting an end to female genital mutilation (FGM) and early marriage and providing the children with the education, resources and freedom to make a better future for themselves. Our main emphasis is on protecting Maasai girls who are being forced into early marriage and FGM. Focusing solely on this issue, however, helps a child in the short run, but does nothing to address the underlying causes of the issue. The current reality is a vicious cycle that perpetuates itself generation after generation because of tradition, perceived gender roles and poverty.     Real Lives. Real Impact. Real Change. In order to make a real impact and drive real change, therefore, Coins for Change focuses on projects that address the issue of FGM and early marriage as well as its root causes. We sponsor Maasai boys and girls into quality boarding schools where...
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