BEADS for Education
The beadwork of Maasai women is world famous. BEADS for Education, now an international nonprofit, exists because one US educator, Debbie Rooney, saw a problem: Maasai girls were being married as young as 12 to much older men, sometimes as the 3rd or 4th wife. Tembea Academy opened in 2013 assuring that the girls can continue through secondary school. Rooney helped the Maasai mothers access markets for their amazing craft work to generate income to give their girls a shot at a better life. BEADS sponsors are now funding education for 600 girls and changing age-old assumptions in Maasai communities. Each BEADS sponsor pays between $400 and $1600 USD a year to cover life-changing school fees. Come meet these women. See the work. Consider sponsoring a girl and following her progress as she makes bold strides from year to year.