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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
New cattle for Roger's herd of cows
In early December, before the rain season starts, the
prices for cattle on the local market in Maasai area were, as usual, relatively
low. Thanks to donations we were able to buy 2 new cattle for Roger's cow herd.
These new cows 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 (www.mstcdc.or.tz).
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.
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
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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