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Twin Peak Challenge 2010

15 Jul

Twin Peak Challenge 2010

Success is in the eyes and the minds of those who step forward and try! Our Twin Peak Challenge 2010 ended with complete success;  a big thanks to the Brad, Stuart and Team Leader Clare who kept the boys in check over the two week trek of Two peaks in Two weeks. The great news is that all three challengers reached both summits of Mt. Meru and Mt. Kilimanjaro, and the donations and pledges raised will be utilized in the coming year to deliver in one form or another fresh drinking water to the Maasai community of Eselalei.

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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…)

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.