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The Maasai of Esilalei

4 Jun

The Maasai of Esilalei

Esilalei village has been a settlement since 1977 before which time the Maasai, it’s current occupants, lived a nomadic life. They still enjoy free access across the land, including across the country borders.

Nowadays, Esilalei village comprises over 500 people living in around 50 separate Bomas (traditional Maasai settlements), covering the area between Manyara lake and the mountain ranges running from the North-West to the East. (more…)

Bicycle maize grinders

15 Aug

Bicycle maize grinders

Mr Seymon Dukach, of Russian descent, grew up in Moscow, moved to USA at a young age and now lives in Boston. Successfully raised 3 daughters and several businesses, he thought he would dedicate his time to helping others and came up with his new business “Global Cycle Solutions“. (more…)

Community in charge

17 Dec

Community in charge

A clear example of our emphasis on community driven initiatives, as opposed to a top-down approach, is the problem of access to water in Eselelei. In this case, the Maasai themselves decided the best solution would be to pipe in water from the village of Mto wa mbu, 25 km’s west and had already started collecting money amongst the community members. When ARF was presented with a plan and costing, we were able to contribute the missing funds out of village fees collected through the cultural tourism program and donations received from visitors. (more…)

The life history of Maasai

8 Jul

Maasai youth and warriors in front of their bomaThe Maasai are one of the tribes found in the Northern part of Tanzania, around the Arusha region. As one of the 125 tribes of Tanzania, they are believed to have originated from Sudan and to have migrated through the river Nile into Kenya and then Tanzania, due to their nomadic lifestyle whereby they move from one region to another in search of greener pastures for the lifestock.

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Eselelei Community Day

12 Dec

Kicking of December 2007, ARF organised a community day around our project in Eselelei which by all accounts was a great success. A bridge seems to have spanned the distance of uncertainty and no-doubt understanding around the Greenforce (GF) volunteers and ARF’s involvement with Eselelei masai community – all village chairmen, elders and warriors to approx: 100 Maasai were present.

Maasai elders discussing the upcoming event

Starting off with an open air discussion between the Maasai elders whilst the Maasai women and children visited the newly built school and participated in a workshop where mr. Mainer from Moshi gave a demonstration on the construction of fuel efficient wood stoves made from mud, sand and saw dust. The Maasai women of Eselelei and GF will carry on with this project to ensure that all boma’s (Maasai settlements) have the stove available and understand the principle of tree cutting and collecting fire wood.

Eselelei women getting instructions on making bio stoves

The elders joined us for a very open discussion around the project, which lasted about an hour. Julius Syokino, a recent addition to the ARF conducted the discussion and answered all points of concern to the Maasai in ‘Maasai’, the local language. He was welcomed as warmly as Green Force and B2B were.

ARF – Bush 2 Beach (B2B) then opened the lids to many saucepans to feed the many Maasai that appeared out of the woodwork!! – We stood by and watched the food slowly disappear until only the bones and a few potatoes remained!!

Should have kept one goat back for us!! Next time.

This will become an annual event with other open days when we have guest speakers – like mr. Mainer. Please let us know if any ideas come to mind, we are always looking for donations but maybe even more so, for your ideas.

If you think there is anyway you may be able to help to raise the call for help for the future development of Eselelei it will help us immensely even if it is with some 2nd hand toys for the kindergarten or teaching material for the school.

Continuous support and sponsorship is what we need so the funds do not dry up…it could be as little as $50 per year which would be enough to help somebody with a 2 month intensive English course.