MERC has existed for over three decades on the people and groups in Western societies who believe in the future of the Maasai community and share what they can.

Monthly Donations

MERC’s monthly donors understand that the hardest thing to fund in the case of small grassroots organizations is also the most critical: that is the operating budget that puts gas in the tank and food on the table for community organizers, that keeps the lights on at the Dopoi Center after student and tourists groups go home, and the pay salaries of the Center staff who have made this work possible.

Monthly donations of ANY AMOUNT feed this work! Please consider this form of giving, and follow the DONATE button above OR  Send a check to:

MERC, 563 Dameron Drive, Prescott, AZ, 86301

Long Term Projects

We also greatly appreciate collaborative giving toward these projects, which can include money, and also ideas and introductions to possible networks of support.

  1. MERC and Prescott College are committed to a campaign to finish the development of the Dopoi Center.
    • The MERC Board recently succeeded in funding a new residence for Dopoi Center full-time staff, and friend provided funding for high-speed internet.
    • We are still raising money to complete tourist accommodations to create economic sustainability.
    • For more information, please reach out to Mary Poole at [email protected]
  2. MERC is also raising funds to build the Maasai Automotive Education Center in collaboration with Arizona State University. If you are interested in collaborating on this project, please contact Mark Henderson at [email protected]

As we give from the heart we also receive, because giving connects us to each other.

Maasai understand the value of what we have to share.

Our Art.

Maasai aesthetic is unique and we love to see all people wearing our jewelry! To buy jewelry from the Olosho Collective, tee shirts, and other gifts, click here.

Our Cultural Knowledge.

Across Maasailand people are turning to traditional medicines as a preventative for Covid-19, and are drawing on the community’s trust in each other to share information and care for elders while practicing social distancing. For more, click here.

Our Vision.

Meitamei Olol Dapash and Mary Poole have written a book, Decolonizing History in Maasailand, which expresses the larger vision of our work together. The book and is being reviewed for publication and will be available for sale in 2021. Other publications can be found here.