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(updated May-09-2015)
Here you will find current NEWS about our organization and our ongoing projects...

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We will be at “Afro-Pfingsten” Festival in Winterthur

ENKAINA e-RETOTO will be present with its own stand at the "Afro-Pfingsten"  Festival in Winterthur. From Thursday, May 21st to Saturday, May 23rd (10am to 8pm) you will find us in the FairFair House (Alte Kaserne). Together with our partner association  "Friends of Serengeti Switzerland (FSS)"  we will inform visitors about our current projects in Simanjiro and also sell a few handcrafts from the Maasai. We are looking forward to your visit. Karibuni!






Roof restoration of Oloisuki Storehouse

The grass-roof of our "Oloisuki-storehouse", which is also being used for various other project activities, has been replaced by a metal roof in April. This new corrugated iron roof has the advantage that further rain water can be collected. An additional 5,000-liter water-tank was installed for this purpose. The collected rainwater can be used both in the guest house as well as in the adjacent Boma by the Massai-women...







Waiting list – Additional sponsoring for education in boarding school

Currently 45 school girls (as of January 2015) are supported by a sponsorship. We have several new Maasai-girls as candidates on "our current waiting list". They are hoping for support from a sponsor.
The situation at the state secondary school in Emboret is not satisfactory for all sponsored children at the moment. Therefore we sent six sponsored children to a private secondary school in January 2015. The costs for a private secondary school (boarding school, approximately CHF 500 per child per year) exceed the donations (CHF 150.-) of a regular sponsorship clearly. The difference is currently paid from our general donation budget. Therefore we are grateful for any further support.

Please contact us in case you want to support a Maasai-girl and/or help us to cover the additional costs for girls visiting the boarding school....






Important tasks of the Project Committee

Our project committee meets regularly and reviews the benefits of ongoing projects. The project committee gives the team of enkaina-e-retoto feedbacks about current and planned projects at least 2 times a year. These feedbacks are very important information and influence our budget planning. Due to job changes the committee’s reviser, Yohana Kilakoy, has left the committee in the end of 2014. His successor is Violet D. Mwajingi, who joined the committee and took over his duties...






Visit to the well in Loiborsoit

The well in Loiborsoit was recently connected with the solar water pump and is now under the supervision of an established water committee. In the end of January, this solar plant was visited by the representatives of Enda Solar Ltd and Medici GmbH, who were involved in its installation. Together with the village government the technical details for the maintenance and operation of the solar plant were discussed on-site. At "SSL’s request and after consultation with the village government and the water committee, a 50 m long water line was installed from the cistern, which is connected to the water pump, to a shady place. There, in the shade of trees, a pool was built with 4 new taps for the supply of drinking water...






Wheelchair for Child in Maaail Area

Carole P. (Member of enkaina-e-retoto) from Zurich could get a new wheelchair for her sponsored child who has mobility problems. This wheelchair has now been taken to the Maasai area by other members. Simbai, the sponsored girl, was very pleased with this personal gift from her sponsor...






New desks for Massai Schools

During our fund-raising campaign with the primary school of Zurich - Schwamendingen last September, the pupils have sold bakery and craft goods for the benefit of schools in Maasai area. The proceeds of around CHF 1'800.- in total were mostly used to buy 30 school desks for the primary schools in Nyorrit, Mbuko and Loiborsoit. The rest of the proceeds helped to buy much-needed teaching materials. The Massai pupils are very grateful...







First Volunteer work in the Maasai area

In January we had a visit from Johanna H. and R. Bettina from Germany. During their holidays in Tanzania, they wanted to gain an insight into our various project activities in the Maasai area. At the same time they learned more details about the life and culture of the Maasai. They have, inter alia, volunteered at the primary school in Loiborsoit and supported us in some project work...







Visiting the Simanjiro district government in Orkesumet

During their stay in the Maasai area, Markus H. and Robert W. (board members enkaina-e-retoto) together with Lengai S. made a visit to the Simanjiro district government. The trip followed the newly renovated dirt road for about 100km from Loiborsoit via Naberera and Namalulu to the district capital in Orkesumet. The welcome at the district government was very warmly. The aim of the visit was, inter alia, to get closer into contact with the responsible district officers and to inform them about planned project activities of "enkaina-e-retoto". Amongst others, further official support to complete the school building in Nyorrit has been requested by enkaina-e-retoto...







Funny Children's party and surprise for our sponsored girls

This year we celebrated together with our sponsored girls our traditional children's party. As there are so many godchildren in the meantime, the party was hold on two different days. First, we celebrated with the older children, then we had a second party with the younger sponsored children of primary school. At both events, there was a special surprise for the kids. Our friend Dungu, a local artist from Dar es Salaam, entertained the children and their parents with funny magic arts and acrobatic performances...







Repair of water cistern and construction of a new oven

Last year we enjoyed that many visitors, which for example during their support of various projects, stayed in our small Guest House in Loiborsoit. The old leaking cistern, which is used to collect rainwater to operate the guest house was repaired before the onset of the December rainy season. The cistern was re-equipped with water tanks made of plastic. During his vacation and stay in the Maasai area, our friend Kurt B. (active member of enkaina-e-retoto) has donated and built an original oven at our Guest House in Loiborsoit mostly with the use of regional construction materials. In this oven fresh and tasty bread for all our guests can be baked...







Dictionaries for Maasai Language completed

After almost four years of work, the dictionaries, which belong to the Maasai language book, have been completed. These dictionaries were presented to a Tanzanian publisher in Dar es Salaam for review in mid-December. These dictionaries (Eng'amusi) are available in German, English, French, Swahili and Portuguese and can be purchased for CHF 30.- in our Maasai shop or can be ordered online...







New cattle for Roger's herd of cows

Unfortunately severe drought and food shortage caused a big loss of livestock in the Maasai area during the last months. As a consequence the prices for cattle on the local markets - despite the beginning of this year's December rains - were unusually low. Thanks to donations we were able to buy 2 new cows for Roger's herd. These new cattle are initially kept at Lengai's Boma and observed for any possible signs of disease. If the cows stay healthy, they will soon be given to needy Maasai families next year...







Handmade children's clothes

We are also happy about non-monetary donations such as handmade clothes. From time to time we also get donations of clothes such as lovingly hand-knitted clothes for infants and small children. These donations will be taken to the Maasai area by our members on their next visit. Handmade clothes are always an acceptable gift for needy Maasai families...







Christmas Special 2014

As every year our Maasai shop offers great ideas for Christmas presents to all our friends of Africa. In our online shop we sell handcrafts, hand-carved wooden spoons, as well as illustrated books and postcards with motifs from the Maasai area. The new 2015 "enkaina-e-retoto" calendar, illustrated with pictures of Massai children, can be ordered online for CHF 15.- here. The net income goes as always to our ongoing projects in the Maasai area...






Water tanks for schools in  Nyorrit

As with the school in Loiborsoit, we now want to install water tanks for collecting rainwater at the primary school in Nyorrit. For this purpose, gutters will be mounted on the existing roofs and roofs to be constructed at all old and new school buildings. Once we receive more donations, we'd like to install a minimum of 5000-liter water tanks for collecting rain water in 2015. The water tanks will be installed at each of the school buildings. Again, this project will be run in cooperation with "SSL", our Swedish partner organization...






New school building in Nyorrit

A few months ago we have started to built a new classroom in the school of Nyorrit in cooperation with "SSL", our Swedish partner organization. We are confident about our progress in this project. The building phase is advanced and only the roof has to be completed. We are looking forward to welcome our friends from Sweden in a few days who will visit our ongoing projects...





Volunteers in Maasai area

From time to time, our association receives volunteer requests for interning in Maasai area. We proudly announce that from January 2015 on, we will start a first experimental phase in cooperation with the MS-TCDC (Training Centre for Development Cooperation) in Usa River in Arusha ( We would like to offer new opportunities for volunteers in Massai area. After at least 2 or 3 weeks of Swahili language course at the MS-TCDC, our volunteers will be able to teach at the secondary schools in Tengeru near Arusha, for example. Alternatively, they will work in other operations and projects in the Maasai area. We look forward to new applications…






Primary School Zurich-Schwamendingen helps Schools in the Maasai Area

The fourth graders of primary school from Zurich-Schwamendingen have recently learned and heard about the culture of the Maasai and the situation of school children in the Maasai area. Last year, their class teacher Mr. Reto Caduff visited primary schools and ongoing projects of enkaina-e-retoto in Tanzania. Back in Switzerland, he has told the children about his experiences and impressions from the Maasai. His pupils want to help to improve the situation in schools in Maasai area. Therefore, the pupils have made some African handcrafts and goods that they are going to sell in the school neighborhood. With the proceeds from this sale, they want to donate simple wooden school desks and also other important educational materials to the schools in the Maasai area...






Build lion-proof livestock pens

We help the Maasai from Loiborsoit to strengthen the protection of their livestock enclosure fences near the Tarangire National Park. The tree cuttings of African myrrh that are used are about 2 meters in height. Traditionally, the cuttings are planted close together and are reinforced with thorn bushes, so the predators can’t either break or jump into the pen. In this manner, nocturnal lion attacks are prevented. According to experience, the dry season from July to September is best to build these kind of fences. During that period the tree cuttings have enough time to develop roots for water uptake before the rain season starts. Especially in areas where the myrrh does not occur in large quantities, we support the Maasai in the construction of such natural protective barriers. We work together with other organizations and contribute to the relatively high transport costs for example in providing tractors for getting the tree cuttings...






Primary school Loiborsoit would like to continue the WFP supported meals project

After four years the Meals Project at the primary school Loiborsoit which was conducted by WFP (World Food Programme) officially expired end of March 2014. During this time, the primary school has received support in the form of food (corn and soybeans). With this more than 600 pupils got served a hot lunch that had been cooked in the school kitchen. From April to July, the project was continued with the help and support of private donors, but now it definitely faces its end. Therefore we are looking for potential supporters to cover the annual demand of 150 bags @100kg of maize 40 sacks @100kg of soybeans and 600 liters of cooking fat also in the future...






Glimmer of hope for the Oloisuki project

It is a great desire of the village government Loiborsoit and of all involved Maasai women that the Oloisuki project will be continued. LIRDO (Loiborsoit Integrated Rural Development Organisation) and the village government have asked the Simanjiro district government for help. Together with representatives of the district government, they met up with the lawyer and author of the Internet publication "Oloisuki - A tale of biopiracy in the Maasai steppe, Tanzania" (document officialy withdrawn by EED). He was informed about all the activities that were required to implement the proposed project. In this regard, he was asked to evaluate the project in terms of biopiracy once again. Herewith, the blame-risk should be eliminated and thus the planned production and launch of the Oloisuki syrup in Switzerland could be continued...





Pump house for solar water pump completed – Thanks from Loiborsoit!

Since mid-May 2014, the Loiborsoit well runs by the new solar water pump. All villagers would like to thank you again for your support. For operating the new water pump, an agreement was negotiated with the village government. Enkaina-e-retoto and our Swedish partner organization "SSL" demanded to form a water committee by the village government to regulate the pumped volume and price of drinking water. Meanwhile, a fence was built around the installed solar panels to prevent damage due to free-range livestock. Also the pump house was completed according to plan...





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