Coming of Age—Without the Cut!
May 2009

In their early teens, Maasai girls go through a ritual that elevates them from girlhood to womanhood. BEADS is committed to helping the Maasai maintain this beautiful tradition, while providing Alternative Ceremonies that do not include the FGM that has occurred in the past.

Watch an interview with Siato, a young Maasai girl about to take part in one of BEADS' alternative ceremonies.

Child Brides, Stolen Lives
May 2009

Sponsored girls at Lobarishereki Primary School talk about early marriage and the benefits of education. May 2009

New classrooms!
May 2009

Watch a great video about the new classrooms at Top Ride Academy and the new library at Lobarishereki Primary School! May 2009

Introducing Patrick Papatiti

We have always known that BEADS' mission can only succeed with the support of the local Maasai people. One of our most important supporters among the Maasai is Patrick Papatiti.

Patrick is a Maasai warrior, known as Moran. In fact, he is the leader of 8,000 warriors in the region where he lives. The tribal elders bestowed this honor upon Patrick, and he will hold the position for life.

Patrick believes in the power of education. BEADS secured a sponsorship for Patrick, so that he could graduate from high school at the age of 31. His influence within the community on women's issues and the importance of education has been critical to our success. BEADS owes him much.

Here is an article written by Patrick in 2007, close to his graduation.

BEADS Project: Tembea Girls High School

May 2010
Issue 11: High School Graduates/School Improvements/Famine Relief

October 2009
Issue 10: Top Ride News

September 2008
Issue 9: Overview of Sponsorship Program/Quotes from Sponsored girls

April 2008
Issue 8: 300 Sponsored girls/Read what they are doing now

Issue 7: Famine Relief (by BEADS volunteer Joyce Tannian)

July 2006
Issue 6: 250 Sponsored girls (7 in college)/ Walkathon—Maasai warriors support girls' education

May 2005
Issue 5: 200 Sponsored girls/Women's Beading Project/HIV/AIDS Training and more

September 2004
Issue 4: 132 Sponsored girls/HIV/AIDS Training/Interning begins

December 2003
Issue 3: 91 Sponsored girls/A visit to Amboseli

February 2003
BEADS Co-founder Lisa Stevens tells how she met her sponsored girl

February 2003
Issue 2: 56 Sponsored girls/Sponsor visits

January 2002
Issue 1: Debby Visits the Sponsored Girls (22 girls)

November 2000
How It All Began