Where We Came From

Maasai Development Project grew from friendships between Jan Latsha-Meharry, Gwen Edwards and Maasai women who lived behind Maxwell Adventist Academy in Kenya. The women spent hours together, sitting under trees communicating by body langauge and the common love for their children. Later, Bible studies and a literacy class began. Jan and Gwen could not have known how far a single literacy class and a few small Bible studies would take them.
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The first organized outreach held in Maasailand was at Kisaju in 1994. This three day evengelistic effort lead to weekly church services, and the first church built in 1995. By the end of 1995, the first two lay-pastors were being sponsored. In 1998, after receiving many more requests for teachers and pastors from different areas in Maasai Land, Jan Latsha-Meharry and her friend, Celeste Lee, realized how much work there was to be done in Maasailand. Gwen Edwards, while continuing to fully support the project through the sponsorship of rescued girls, could no longer give of her time. Thus…Maasai Development Project was born.

From small beginnings MDP continues to grow rapidly, fielding ongoing requests for more teachers and pastors, helping to rescue children, spreading to new areas and educating about health and Aids. Your support enables MDP to carry on growing and giving the people of Maasailand chances they deserve.

Awareness Speaking

One of our girls witnessed her sister bleed to death from a circumcision cutting (FGM). Not wanting to lose the dowry, her father insisted that the mother quickly circumcise the younger daughter (9 years old) and sell her for the bride price. When the local school head master heard of her situation, he brought her to MDPEC where she now lives in safety. She came fearing that she too would die like her sister. She is now happy and going to school with a brighter future.

MDP welcomes the opportunity to come to your school, church, organization, or fundraiser to help bring awareness to the plight of the “at risk” girls in Maasailand. School presentations provide a hands on opportunity for children to experience another culture through stories, video’s, pictures and dressing in the traditional garb of the Maasai.

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