Nina Kipiro
Form III   (Kabianga Secondary School)
Form II Results:  C+

 Nina is the daughter of a local pastor. He cannot support another child in Secondary School.  She was head girl in Grade 8 and has big potential.

(Nina's sponsors could not continue due to damages by Hurricane Irma) 

Annual Total: $770

Amount sponsored 2018: $470

John Munchaa
 1st Year  
Diploma in Clinical Medicine 

(Medical College Homa Bay)
Form IV Results:  C+

John comes from a poor family in a rural village without adequate medical care. He has a passion to help his people and is very hard working.

Annual Total:                   $800

Amount Generated:       $400

Our children

are the

bright moon.

                     Maasai saying

Wild Dog Education Fund

Educational Sponsorships for our community

Walking with Maasai aims to make a holistic change in the local community. Education is a very important part of community empowerment. We love to help vulnerable children to attend school and students with great academic potential and limited resources to attend schools where their potential can be developed.  

Combining the benefits of education with community based conservation initiatives creates a double edged sword. The highly endangered African Wild Dogs (Lycaon pictus) den regularly in our area. If the community can benefit in the form of educational sponsorship in exchange of tolerance and protecting these endangered Wild Dogs, an incentive is established that would help people to put a value on the African Wild Dog and in turn open the doors for greater tolerance and understanding.  The "Wild Dog Educational Fund" was formed for exactly this purpose. African Wild Dogs are generally seen as a threat that kills valuable livestock from Maasai communities. Educational sponsorships, for children living in or near villages where the Wild Dogs are tolerated and their denning sites are protected by community members, are making a difference in how the Wild Dogs are perceived. 

New system:

Preprimary (2 years)
Primary (6 years)
Lower Secondary (3 years)
Higher Secondary (3 years)
College/ University

Richard Patiat
 1st Year  B.Comm

(University of Nairobi)
Form IV Results:  B+ (Only 2856 above B+ in the whole Kenya)

Richard’s father is a teacher and his mother uneducated. They managed to put him through Secondary School, but with siblings currently in Secondary School. He has a Government bursary but need to cover his own living costs and CPA Exams.

Annual Total:                   $2210

Amount Sponsored 2018:       $80

Donate to:

Paul Ledidi
Form II in Loita High School

Background: Paul comes from a very poor family. His father used to work at the Olkoroi camp, but due to health cannot work any more. Neither parents are educated.

Annual Total:      $510

Amount Sponsored:  $0

Education system:

Moses Nguet
Form II in Loita High School

Background: Moses is one of 10 children of a poor family, though they try their best to educate their children and contribute towards Moses. His scores improves every term, since a sponsorship allows him to be in school for the whole term.

Annual Total:      $510

Amount Sponsored:  $0

Daniel Nkai
 Form II

(Sr. Stephene Nkoitoi Sec School)
Form II Results:  B+ 

Daniel comes from a very poor family. Originally he was chosen to look after the cows and his brother to go to school. His determination to learn led him to the adult literacy class together with his mother. This paved the way for him to attend school while his mother offered to watch the cows.

Annual Total:                   $850

Amount Sponsored 2018:       $850

Education context in rural Kenya

Like the rest of the world, different schools have different academic and discipline standards. Parents would love their children to attend schools with high standards, preparing them efficiently for the national examinations. Maasai children have several household chores for which they are responsible. For girls these include fetching water, fetching firewood, helping to care for younger children, assisting with laundry and cooking.  The boys look after the cows and goats.  Studying at home affects their school work negatively- because the chores take much time and there are very poor lighting in most houses, making studying at night difficult. When the students go to boarding school, their academic performance often improves greatly because of better focus and more time spent on studies. When they are at boarding school, the burden on the household (water, firewood, laundry) also decrease.

Kenya is currently transitioning to a new educational system, starting with Preschool and Grade 1-3 in 2018. This place a very big burden on the understaffed government schools. We expect the gap in performance between the government and private school to become even bigger in the initial years of the new curriculum.

Meet the students

Would you like more information?

Walking with Maasai Main Account

Kenya Commercial Bank, Narok Branch
Current Account Nr. 1107792711
Bank Code: 01-184
NCC: 184

Reference: Student name or School fees

System phasing out:

Nursery (at least one year)
Primary School: Class 1-8
(National Examination in Class 8)

Secondary School: Form I - Form IV
(National Examination in Form IV)
College/ University