future needs education
Apart from Kanaani Resthouse the Mmole Family runs a farm down in the plain where Maasai people work. They approached us with their desire to establishing their own school. They “Know why” – but it’s not so easy to “Know how”. That’s where we come into play…
The Maasai people are often confronted with a whole lot of prejudices. For more information you might like to read this interview in ther German weekly “Die Zeit”. For short: They don’t want to adapt to the modern world. There might actually be people who refuse to modern life, but at the same time more and more Maasai people know that if they want to afford their children a good life in future modern education is the only way. Even though there is compulsory schooling in Tanzania, it’s not always too easy for everyone to follow this duty particularly in a life which mainly takes place away from larger towns.
However “Maasai Association” points out: “With the arrival of formal schooling in the wider Maasai region, herding of livestock is becoming a parents’ responsibility. Young boys resume the responsibility of livestock herding only on weekends when schools are out.”
The Maasai people in the plain at the foot of Usambara Mountains strive to be part in this development – and our mission is to support them.
Neema Eliphas Laizer in “Die Zeit”:
“The Masai are a part of the diverse cultural currents of Africa.”
This project is in a very early stage, we are still in research what exactly they need, where we can be at help and what do do in general – from founding an NGO up to running a school on day to day basis. If you are interested in being kept up to date please don’t hesitate to contact us.
About The MAasai
Text excerpts and map taken from Maasai Association: The Maasai people of East Africa live in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania along the Great Rift Valley on semi-arid and arid lands. The Maasai occupy a total land area of 160,000 square kilometers with a population of approximately one half million people. Popular tourists destinations in East Africa such as the Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Maasai Mara, Amboseli, and Tarangire game reserves are located inside the Maasai region. The reserves are now considered protected areas set aside for conservation, wildlife viewing, and tourism. Maasai people are prohibited from accessing water sources and pasture land in game reserves. As a result of global warming, droughts are becoming severe in East Africa, forcing the Maasai people to seek out alternative livelihoods. Herds are smaller than ever before, and most people are relying on relief food.
The word “Maasai”: The title Maasai derives from the word Maa. Maa-sai means “my people”.