African Roots Foundation (ARF) partners up with Safe Water Ceramics of East Africa (SWCEA) after meeting at the annual 2012 KARIBU trade fair that just past us by. ARF were very excited about SWCEA dynamic water filters that are currently making their ways into homes and rural areas of East Africa.
ARF felt that these water filters would be a great benefit to the local community where our main efforts are concentrated in assisting with sustainable daily living improvements. These additional needy products can be donated through Bush2Beach or other visiting clients that come to spend a night at the eco friendly Isoitok Camp Manyara set in the heart of Maasai lands overlooking Lake Manyara and The Great Rift Valley – further more if you are an x client who visited the Maasai of Esilalei in the past and want to donate from a far then please touch base with us though ARF or B2B email.
2011 was a great success after the launch of a ‘Gift of Light’ where clients had a chance to further help the Esilalei community with a simple in-expensive gesture by donating one of the uncomplicated solar lamps to a Maasai boma(traditional dwelling). We are very happy to report that all 20 lights that the ARF purchased have been distributed amongst the different families that are spread out amongst the Esilalei community with our intention to secure more solar units and now add the water filters to bring a “Gift of Water” to Maasai both young and old.
I spoke with a Maasai elder only last week who simply could not express himself to what a difference these solor lights have made to life inside one of the traditional boma’s. They are extremely excited with the news that the water filters will soon be coming to camp to further back up Bush2Beach Safaris and Isoitok Camp responsible tourism efforts.
Now we partner up with SWCEA ARF and B2B feel the future is getting brighter (not only through A Gift of light) but water will be safe to drink straight from a tap on location at varying boma’s. This will go a long way in reducing many water born bacteria that are a common contributing factor to a whole series of medical problems that are faced by the Maasai people simply from taking in dirty water that is shared by cattle, washing of clothes and people. If you are planning a trip to Tanzania whether it be through Bush2Beach or your chosen operator then if you are interested in grass roots cultural experiences then be sure to request a night or two at Isoitok Camp and the Maasai community of Esilalei.