Opportunity Seized

Published in Dome - December 2015

Kenyan medical student Gloria Kotente Mumeita, a member of the Maasai tribe, is shadowing doctors at Suburban Hospital and the National Institutes of Health through mid-December. Mumeita’s trip to the United States was organized and funded by Tracey Pyles right, an emergency physician at Suburban. Pyles is president of the nonprofit Maasai Girls Education Fund (MGEF), founded in 2000 by her late mother, Barbara Lee Shaw. 

Only about 10 percent of Maasai girls get a high school education. MGEF is changing their fate, by currently paying school fees for 106 Maasai girls, including Mumeita, who is on track to become the third Maasai woman doctor ever.