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NEWS

(updated November-9-2014)
 
Here you will find current NEWS about our organization and our ongoing projects...

We support self aid projects in Maasai area.
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November-9-2014

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...

 

 

 

 

October-19-2014

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...

 

 

 

October-12-2014

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…
 

 

 

 

 

September-21-2014

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...
 

 

 

 

 

August-31-2014

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...

 

 

 

 

August-16-2014

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...
 

 

 

 

 

July-26-2014

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...

 

 

 

July-06-2014

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...
 

 

 

 

 

June-22-2014

Honey from the Maasai Area

Far away from the major crop lands, where presumably the use of pesticides causes the globally occuring bee death - the bees in Maasai area still thrive in good living conditions. For centuries, the Maasai and other tribes have been using the honey of wild bees from the steppe. In some Maasai areas, the wild bee honey is still produced in the traditional manner: primitive beehives are hung up in the tree crowns and harvested. In a new aid project, we want to help the Maasai women to find a sustainable, bee-friendly way of producing and harvesting honey. Furthermore, they receive support to retail their honey at a fair price on farmer markets in Tanzania...
 

 

 

 

 

May-31-2014

Increasing wildlife - human conflicts in the Maasai Area

A sad incident recently occurred in the Maasai Area near Loiborsoit. The necessary killing of an aggressive elephant by officials of the Tanzanian National Park Authority TANAPA shows the steadily increasing conflicts between wildlife and human. This primarily can be attributed to the growth of population which entails settlements and agricultural use of areas along the borders with the National Parks (here: Tarangire)...

 

 

 

 

May-18-2014

Water well of Loiborsoit - Hooray, the new solar water pump is running!

The Maasai in Loiborsoit are very pleased that the new solar water pump could be installed according to plan. The solar panels donated by "TOP to TOP" were installed by the company "Enda Solar Ltd Arusha" in early May. Thanks to the successful Crowdfunding (www.wemakeit.ch) the environmentally friendly solar water pump could finally also be connected last week. In the Loiborsoit water well the water flows again! We thank all our supporters very much for the great help...

 

 

 

April-28-2014

New project idea in Secondary School of Emboret

During a privat stay of members of "enkaina-e-retoto" in Maasai area, our sponsored god-children at the secondary school in Emboret could be visited. Tina and Sonia (members of "enkaina-e-retoto") want to implement the new project idea at this secondary school. The aim of the new project is to improve extracurricular activities as well as the general situation (infrastructure, procurement of appropiate teaching materials etc.) for all pupils on this state secondary school in Maasai area...

 

 

 

 

April-12-2014

Crowfunding - Please spread the word...

The solar modules and water pump have been delivered to Loiborsoit and are ready to be installed. Together with a further call for donations (Crowdfundig on www.wemakeit.ch) we want to implement the installation this month...
 

 

 

 

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