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2021 Boston Marathon - October 11: Raising Funds to Keep Amazing Girls in School, Safe & Empowered

by Michael Patrick Davidson

Supporting: Running For Maasai Girls Education, 2021 for Amazing Maasai Girls Project

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​On October 11, 2021, I will run the 125th Boston Marathon and raise funds to keep Amazing Girls in School, Safe and Empowered !

My mother passed away in May after a battle with cancer and October 11 would also have been her 71st Birthday. The Boston Marathon, traditionally held in April and delayed this year, is the oldest in the US, a rare privilege to have gained this opportunity and apropos to celebrate her life by helping other girls in this world that are just beginning their journeys.

As follows is a whimsical yet powerful video and the key drivers behind the importance of keeping girls in school.

Thank you in advance for your support !

Michael Patrick Davidson

The Girl Effect

https://www.amazinggirls.org/why-educate-girls.html

Girls are agents of change

​Adolescent girls have the potential to play a role as key agents of positive change for their families and wider communities. By investing in their economic potential through education and by delaying child marriage and teen pregnancy, issues such as HIV and AIDS can be resolved and the cycle of poverty can be broken.

​Girls are being left out

​The issue in Kenya is that this potential is so often never realized. Once children complete primary school, typically aged 12, education is no longer free. Therefore, it is common for families who have very little or no income to arrange for their daughters to be married soon after. Boys have a much greater chance of being put through school. Meanwhile, the married girls will stay at home with their husbands families, mostly unaware of their own potential and voice. They will mind the cows and goats, collect water, cook, go to market, and have babies.... and so the cycle continues.

When we help keep a girl out of childhood marriage and motherhood and in school, we are giving her the chance to develop a voice of her own, and the chance to obtain the skills, qualifications and self-confidence that they need to find work and independence as adults.


Team Marathon Tours! Runners and donors, please join us in donating to support the Amazing Maasai Girls Project. This US nonprofit supports the high school education of girls from Maasai communities in Laikipia, Kenya. These are bright young women who would otherwise have no means to attend high school and our fundraising gives them the chance to stay safe in school, avoid childhood marriage, and pursue careers as adults. When you donate, you are supporting a four-year full-board scholarship for another young lady.


THE RUNNING MUST GO ON!

Year 10 of the Amazing Maasai Marathon & Half-Marathon was set to be held on Sat, 8 Aug 2020 in Kenya. For obvious reasons, the 2020 and 2021 races have been cancelled. Nonetheless, many of you are running the Boston Marathon 2021 and many more are preparing to visit Kenya in 2022. 

 

You can sponsor a runner or team right here. $500 covers boarding school fees for a full year, so every dollar counts!! Learn more about the Amazing Maasai Girls Project here: amazinggirls.org

How would you like to support?

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