Maasai Children Education Centre (MCEC) is a nonprofit organization which was established in the year 2012 with express purpose of promoting Maasai Girl Child Education and genuine community development. MCEC works in partnership with community members of Makuyuni, Engaruka and Lake Natron.
Maasai lands are extremely water scarce. Students are often required to travel long distances during class time to collect water for use at school. As a result, many students do not benefit adequately from the learning experiences available to them. They may miss almost four hours of lessons taught in school each day as they have to collect water from remote sources (one bucket at a time), which is needed to clean the classrooms, drinking for teachers and students as well as other uses at school. Most of the times the water is retrieved from contaminated sources which have serious potential health implications. This situation has led to frequent outbreaks of water-borne diseases, which also further impacts performance in school. According to the village’s dispensary clinical officer, students and villagers contact water borne diseases due to consumption of unclean water fetched from pools and wells which are shared between animals and human beings.
Because of the undeniable impact of water on education, MCEC is seeking donation to drill water wells at four schools in Maasai region. We see these wells as investing in the children of Maasai community, their future, and the contributions they will make to change our world for the better.
Clean water will put students in the classroom, improves their studies, and allows teachers to thoroughly cover curriculum, all leading to more effective learning. With a water source that is clean, safe and nearby, teachers no longer concern themselves with getting water before & after school and can instead use their time to prepare for class and thoroughly cover curriculum. With clean water health centers grow, knowledge is spread, and rampant water-borne diseases like diarrhea and cholera are eliminated.