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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 "SSLís 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
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 (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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