"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." ~ W.B. Yeats
Talek Primary School, site of a new library and learning resource center in 2021
OliveSeed 2021 Campaign
Is there any greater power than education? It affects everything: human advancement, environmental stewardship, gender and social equality, civics, critical thinking, even world peace. And the benefits are amplified from one generation to the next. In 2021, we are building on our strong partnerships and past successes to develop exciting and innovative projects in literacy and environmental education. This work can't happen without your help.
This year, a young woman at Mara Girls Leadership School told us she wants to be "the first female engineer in the Maasai Mara," and she's now well on her way to fulfilling that dream at one of the top high schools in Nairobi. In Morocco, too, we hear from so many kids who were students in our earliest projects and are now going on to college, the first in their families to do so, and inspiring other young people.
2020 was a challenging year, we deeply appreciate our members and the extra contributions to the COVID-19 emergency fund. We helped feed 4000 Maasai villagers, while still completing all but one of our planned projects for schools and communities in Morocco and the Maasai Mara.
We hope you've been as moved and thrilled by our updates and stories as I have been these past 7 years. We especially love to share the stories written by young people on the ground. These may be the greatest reward.
We are proud of the work we've done with our teams and your generous support. Thank you so much for your engagement and commitment to our cause and our work. Building on the successes with our leaders and teams on the ground, we can do so much more in the year to come.
For 2021, we're doubling down on literacy and environmental education with innovative new projects that will make a genuine impact today and well beyond this moment in time.
I hope you'll continue with us or join as a member of OliveSeed today. Monthly support is especially helpful. Because we are small, apply funds directly, and have very low overhead, your contribution goes a long way.
~ With our warmest thanks, Barb Mackraz
OliveSeed Founder & Executive Director
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OliveSeed is a 501c3 nonprofit public charity organization (EIN 82-1693564), and your donation in the U.S. is tax deductible as allowed by law. If you'd prefer to use a check, please address the check to OliveSeed and mail to: PO Box 60713, Palo Alto, CA 94306. Thank you!
Why put your trust in OliveSeed?
We know there are many ways you can invest in positive change, and we appreciate your support. Over the past 7 years, we have earned the trust of our donors and our highly motivated partners on the ground, and we have a great track record of delivering on creative ambitious programs by working together. OliveSeed has been all volunteer since its inception.
We have earned the Gold Seal of Transparency from GuideStar; have collaborated with the Peace Corps multiple times by invitation; have been vetted by Benevity, Bright Funds, and other corporate giving programs; and have been vetted by and earned grants from Rotary International and the U.S. Embassy in Morocco. OliveSeed was founded in 2014 first as Morocco Library Project and has been a 501c3 since 2017.
What your gift will make possible in 2021
The first public English library in rural Morocco, at the new Access Language Center in Biougra. This will support schools, the broader community, and an innovative literacy program for adult women. (The illiteracy rate for women in this area is close to 100%.)
"Solar Libraries" for the families of Mara Girls Leadership School, a first-ever program bringing light into pitch-dark Maasai homes and providing a home library of children's books and community support.
Summer virtual exchange program on climate change between high school students in the U.S. and Agadir, Morocco. This program aims to build peace, cross-cultural understanding, and shared positive youth action on two sides of the Atlantic.
Library and learning resource center for Talek Primary School, an under-resourced school with 1100 students on the edge of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. The first of its kind in the Mara, this center will focus on conservation as well as literacy and curriculum support.
Continued educational enrichment at Mara Girls Leadership School, including hands-on conservation programs.
Our 2nd nationwide Writing Competition in Morocco, bringing the voices of emerging young writers from rural areas to the attention of the world. As with the 1st competition, we will publish their stories.
OliveSeed Global Trees Initiative, reforesting a wildlife corridor in the Maasai Mara and planting argan trees in Biougra, Morocco. This is a partnership with an urban forestry group in California, and with local programs already doing environmental education for young people.
Women's sewing center at the Mara Discovery Centre in the Maasai Mara, building on the renovations we funded at the Centre in 2020. This boosts economic empowerment for women, and enables them to make sanitary supplies to keep teen girls in school.
Expansion of Morocco Library Project, adding an English library to a 2nd school in the Rif Mountains.