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Beads for Education

2021 Donation: $10,000
Donations to Date: $10,000

BEADS for Education (BEADS) plays an important role in the education of girls in the Maasai community of Kenya. Our donation will allow BEADS to teach 125 students about climate-smart farming practices, expand their school farm, and provide climate education workshops for more than 7,000 people in Kajiado, the Amboseli National Park region, and the Maasai Mara.

Why They’re Climate Smart

Deforestation is a major problem in Kenya and the traditionally pastoral Maasai communities have had to embrace farming for their food security needs. Through their Tembea Academy, BEADS provides 125 girls an education that encourages creative and critical thinking and returning everything that came from the earth back to the earth. Their school is completely solar powered, and they grow all their own food (for 300 daily meals), practice no till gardening, don’t use pesticides, use greenhouses, and compost all their organic and paper waste.

During school breaks, each student volunteers to teach their families and communities how to generate higher yields and adopt a more sustainable process by using less water, planting crops to attract and feed insects (along with pollinators), and reforesting the indigenous and medicinal plants that have been decimated. As part of this volunteer work, each student petitions the Kenyan parliament. One student was so successful, she was invited to be a Yale Young African Scholar, selected to be an Ashoka Changemaker, and had her book on climate change and drought published and translated into four languages by Worldreader.

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