Here is your chance to sponsor a girl from the Maasai Harmonial project area in secondary school — Only $500
Several girls in the Maasai Harmonial project area are at risk of an early marriage because they can’t make it into secondary school. In fact, there are no Emburbul girls in high school at this time. About 50% of all Tanzanian students of high school entry age fail the national exam that would get them into high school. We have a chance of getting these girls into Emanyata Secondary School, which will accept the failed students.
The next Emanyata School session starts in January 2017. If you are interested in sponsoring one of our Emburbul girl students in secondary school please fill out the form below.
As a Maasai girl at the age of just 12 you are at risk of being forced to marry a man of that may be up to 30 years older than you. You must go through the ritual of female circumcision (FGC) – an excruciating procedure, which is likely to lead to a lifetime of pain and medical problems, if you survive the shock and blood loss. You will be one of several wives and can expect to have at least 5 children, whom you will need to clothe, feed and if at all possible send to school, but with little or no education this will be a lifelong struggle and your daughters will go through the same experience as you.
At age 12, your body is not ready for childbirth. Pregnancy is consistently among the leading causes of death for girls ages 15 to 19 worldwide. Girls between the ages of 10 and 14 years are 5 to 7 times more likely to die in childbirth; girls between the ages of 15 and 19 years are twice as likely. Mothers under the age of 18 have a 35% to 55% higher risk of delivering a preterm or low-birthweight infant than mothers older than 19 years. The infant mortality rate is 60% higher when the mother is under the age of 18 years. Data demonstrates that even after surviving the first year, children younger than 5 years had a 28% higher mortality rate in the young mothers cohort. This morbidity and mortality is due to the young mothers’ poor nutrition, physical and emotional immaturity, lack of access to social and reproductive services, and higher risk for infectious diseases.
Population is another consideration in these areas where people are outgrowing their land. On average, women marrying as children have 1.4 more children over their lifetime than if they marry after the age of 18. Combine education with the family planning and birth spacing program we promote, and there is the potential for a significant slowing of population growth. The administrators of the Ngorogoro Conservation Area where they live, has talked about moving some of the Maasai out of the NCA (with no where to go) because there are too many people and thus too many cattle competing with the wildlife for grasses.
Education provides pastoralist girls with an understanding of what other options they have in life and the tools to pursue them. PWC (Pastoral Women’s Council) provides the opportunity for girls who would otherwise have no way of attending school to receive an education through sponsorships. Most of these girls are educated at Emanyata Secondary School, which as a boarding school provides a safe environment for learning, away from the pressures to marry young and the risk of early pregnancy – which is used by families as a way to force girls to drop out of school. Emanyata also provides a place to stay during school holidays for those at particularly high risk. PWC also provides the opportunity for girls to talk openly about the negative aspects of Maasai culture such as FGM and help the girls to realise that there are other options.
There is an urgent need to provide more scholarships to educate girls who so desperately want a different future for themselves but have no other means to access one.
Contact us using this form if you want to sponsor a Maasai Harmonial girl in high school
After you fill out the form, we will give the name of one of our girls who qualify for this program. Then you can go to the Pastoral Women’s Council website to sponsor her: http://www.pastoralwomenscouncil.org/sponsor-a-student.html