Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs (this is a page on its own)

Who is Precious Life International?
Is an extended hand of Hope, a registered non-profit agency in Spokane, Washington working to alleviate poverty among the Maasai tribes of Kenya and Tanzania, East Africa.

Is this a legitimate organization?
Precious is registered with the IRS and is exempt from federal tax under section 501 C (3) of internal revenue cord. We are also registered with the Secretary of State in the state of Washington. You may call them to verify or contact us for further information. More than 90 sponsors have so far visited our programs in Africa and are living testimonies

What Is Maasai Girls Education Program?

MGEP: Is a special project under Precious Life International that works to promote and support education for the daughters of the Maasai people of Kenya and Tanzania, East Africa, through a sponsorship program.

Why Girls?
Girl’s education is a very rare opportunity to the tribe. Instead, girls are given away through arranged marriages. Most girls feel these procedures are denying them a chance to a better life. Supporting girl’s education is fighting poverty that causes these problems and giving them back their rights, freedom and a chance for them to be productive and responsible citizens to their country.

What grades are these girls in?
We support girls from Pre-K through 12th grade. The duration of the time you will support a child in school will depend upon the grade she is in when you first begin your support. Some sponsors prefer the younger girls who are just beginning school so that they may see them through. Other sponsors have no preference and are prepared to sponsor any child in great need.

How can I sponsor a girl?

By contacting our office in Spokane for a picture and detailed information concerning the child that will be sent to you. You will be given an opportunity to pick a girl for a sponsorship should we come to your area for a presentation. Also, please visit Sponsor A Girl page for more information.

Can I write to my child?
Absolutely! You can write as many times as you wish, but the child can only write two or three times a year. You will also receive an updated picture each year. You will be notified by mail in the event of any changes concerning your sponsored girl.

Things to write:
You may write about your job, family, recent trips (like camping…), geographical features such as snow and the activities you do like snowmobiling or skiing. You may also write encouraging words or short funny stories.

Things to avoid:
Please do not write about how much you make. Our children are taught that their sponsors work hard to support their education and that they don't give just because they have too much. Avoid writing about luxurious things such as sports cars, the expensive house you live in or anything similar. That would be too much information for poor children and will only make them feel less significant.
Your letter must be appropriate and should we feel the letter you wrote cannot be forwarded to the child, we will return it with some explanation.
All the correspondence must go through our office in Spokane. We have a responsibility to protect the privacy of our sponsors and the integrity of our organization. If you send a letter with your address to your child, you may start receiving letters from someone else.

Which schools do these children enroll in once they are sponsored?

Government schools, missionary schools or harambee schools! Harambee are small schools that are built by villagers for their children. The word means ‘pulling together’ and in this case, some members of the village find it necessary to pull together some resources to build a school near the village. Many primary schools, (K – 8th grade) are called day schools. In the evening, the children return to their villages. Almost all high schools are boarding schools in Kenya and Tanzania. School is in session from January to November with short holidays in April, August and December.

What happens to the girls after they graduate?

They get jobs and start supporting their families. By this time, the girls are adults and are able to make their own decisions, plan their lives and when they feel ready, to marry someone they love and care for to establish a happy and healthy family. Jobs such as teaching, office clerical work, military and police force, medical fields, business, farming, layers you name them. Education is the key to the success of this community.

How can I get involved with your short-term mission trips to Africa?

To learn whether you meet the requirements for traveling to Africa through PLI, please contact us for a full package including the trip budget, what to do and where to visit while in Africa.

How can I help as an individual?

If you are looking for something simple to do perpetually, please consider sponsoring a girl.
There are other large one-time projects you can participate in as a family, business or other organization. These projects include building a classroom for Maasai children and providing a school with a water tank. You may also apply to volunteer to work as a child advocate for PLI in your area. Please contact us if you are interested in any of these.

With all the problems in the world, can my little support make any difference?

When most people are confronted with the reality of poverty and other disasters around the world, the need seems so overwhelming that they do nothing. Our attitude at Precious Life is different. We strongly believe in one life at a time. We know that no matter how much we try or how many organizations in the world are trying to eliminate poverty, problems will always be a part of our world; but the fact is, we can make a difference. Never under estimate the little gift you give, the little prayer you say or the little check that you send for the sake of someone else. There is power in doing those little things to help some else.

Does PLI have a 'vision' for other countries in the future apart from East Africa?

Yes we do! In the year 2000, the Kenyan government through the United Nations sent a peacekeeping military force to Sierra-Leone, West Africa to end the civil war that had toned the country for a decade. The war started in 1991, initiated by the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) led by Foday Sankoh. This resulted in tens of thousands of deaths and the displacement of more than 2 million people.
The Kenyan army had started some schools, churches and sports clubs during their time in Sierra Leon trying to restore lives in the villages. They were later forced to abandon these projects upon their return to Kenya after their peace mission in West Africa.
For the last two years, some top military staff have approached PLI and desire to hand over the projects they started in Sierra Leone. This has been in our prayers. Soon, some PLI staff will tour the country to learn more and see what needs to be done in Sierra Leone. You need to be receiving our newsletters to keep up with our great works in Africa.

What other projects do PLI support?

Please check our special projects or contact Us!