Who we are
MaaChild is a tiny charity based in Lancashire. We strive to provide secondary school bursaries to students in the area around the town on Kimana, situated near the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. Children in Kenya receive free primary education. Schools in this area are overcrowded and unequipped and children often must walk many miles each day, across potentially dangerous bush land, to attend school. Despite these challenges they achieve great things and standards of achievement are high.
Secondary Education Bursaries
However, there is minimal provision for secondary education in the area and the majority of Maasai children will have no choice or opportunity to continue their studies. MaaChild, with the support of kind sponsors and fundraisers, can provide just a few of these bright and inspirational young people an educational bursary allowing them to complete four years of secondary education at boarding school, where they can concentrate on their studies in a safe environment.
It is important to us, the children and the Maasai communities, that this support is sustainable and prepares the young person to cope with and assist their community with the inevitable changes they are experiencing in their culture. There are many more, bright, high achieving children who could achieve great things with our support.
'Naserian' the MaaChild Nursery Project
‘Naserian’ means ‘many blessings’ for our new nursery building, opened in 2019, and we have been truly blessed in our opportunity to expand our project base to include the whole end to end educational journey. It provides an essential educational resource to the local community in a rural setting on the edge of a wildlife corridor. Giving children an ‘early start’ into education means they are ready to join mainstream primary education on time, in an area where often they do not get to school until 7 or 8 years old.
Future ‘wishes’ include a second classroom and ‘office’, a borehole to provide a sustainable water supply and a ‘chumba cha nje’ for outside work and play sessions and to help provide more deserving Maasai children the chance of a brighter future. We are also working with the local community to set up a 'porridge' kitchen to provide the children with a hot meal every day.
Other projects include: the provision of a dormitory facility in a remote primary school to allow final year and vulnerable students the opportunity to stay over in school to concentrate on their studies in a safe environment; the provision of solar lanterns to give children the chance to study in the evenings and at home where fuel for lighting is scarce; the supply and build of a water tank to ensure a clean water supply to a local Mother and Baby Clinic.:
Every little helps:
£5 buys essential school supplies and soap for hand washing
£10 buys a solar lantern
£30 buys a months education for a child
£50 fills the Nursery water tanks with clean fresh water for drinking and washing
£360 pays for a years education for a secondary child.
Every penny goes to the projects, we have no paid staff and minimal overheads