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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...
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...
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)...
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...
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...
Crowfunding - Please spread the word...
modules and water pump
have been delivered
to Loiborsoit and are ready to be
installed. Together with a
further call for donations (Crowdfundig
we want to implement
the installation this month...
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