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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ARF at Karibu tourism trade fair 2008

21 Jun

Karibu 2008 - Bush2Beach and ARFOnce again, the people from Karibu Fair organised the yearly Karibu Tourism trade-fair in Arusha; kicking off the new season by showcasing all that Tanzania has on offer with operators, lodges and suppliers all putting their best leg forward.

Bush2Beach Safaris presented itself in one of their large mess-tents, the sides of which were lined with pictures of the beauty of Tanzania and its people. The African Roots Foundation, being an integral part of the Bush2Beach philosophy of not just visiting a place but experiencing the daily life and cultures of the communities involved, used this opportunity to present itself to the world and to strengthen it’s network of partners.

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ARF Newsletter June 2008

18 Jun

After a succesful first half of 2008, time has come to share our experiences with you. All about our foundation, all that has happened in our project areas of Eselelei and Pangani and the ideas for the upcoming period.

Quarterly newsletter of the African Roots Foundation

With many opportunities to engage in one of our projects yourself; we need a multitude of skills to give our projects the maximum reach. From the processing of bio-waste into briquettes to the design and exploitation of a pharmacy, the coming period is going to be an exiting one!

Please download the newsletter here, and find out everything you need to know!

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.

The People and the Land – Album

2 Dec