The East African Girls' Leadership Initiative Fundraiser
December 18, 2012 12:00pm
Grace Koutimet speaking about the role of women in the Maasai community
The night started off with singer-songwriter Joy Askew performing a few of her songs. In addition to Mia MacDonald and Pamela Kraft, our partner at Tribal Link, speaking about the program, Grace Koutimet, from SIMOO, spoke about the role of Maasai women in the community and how educating Maasai women greatly assists the communities' progress. Grace works directly with the girls in the initiative and spoke about the challenges young women face in the Maasai community. Not only do they take on a lot of responsibility (building the house, cooking, cleaning, taking care of children), they are also a commodity: when a daughter marries, the family receives cattle as payment. This is particularly prevalent as climate change affects the community and drought causes cattle to die, forcing fathers to marry their daughters at young ages in order to get more cattle.
In addition to Grace, the Deputy Ambassador of Kenya to the United Nations Dr. Josephine Ojiambo and her daughter Julie Ojiambo, a former Brighter Green intern, spoke about their involvement with the program and expressed thanks for the opportunities this program creates for these young women.
Lastly, we showed the new East African Girls' Initiative Program video at the fundraiser (see below). This video provides information about the program and introduces you to some of the girls as well as their school.
Brighter Green and Tribal Link thank all of those who attended and who were able to donate to the program. For more information please visit the Brighter Green page on the East African Girls' Leadership Initiative.