Building Schools

“We can make the world a better place where every kids gets the best education possible “

"Welcome to build a foundation for education for needy children in Africa"

Constructing a school on Maasai Land will provide an educational opportunity for a child who would otherwise have to walk a distance of more than 10 km to attend school. Additionally, it will safeguard children from being attacked by wild animals on their way to school and from thirst in the desert, with all necessary amenities in the school. This is one of the most meaningful gifts a child can receive.

We began our journey when we identified the Maasai land, which was an ideal location for us due to our Guardian Angel’s recognition of the need for urgent assistance. We were able to recognise that the children of Maasai land had been forgotten. At the time, the villagers of Maasai Land were only able to construct one classroom, which was constructed by locals and was unfinished with no interior facilities. The children had to sit directly in front of the ground, write directly on the ground, as no one could afford a regular exercise book. The children were not provided with formal school uniforms, and there was only one native volunteer, a woman with a heart of compassion who chose to teach the children without a single salary. She is a hero and a true guardian Angel, something that no one could have imagined.

We started by renovating the current classroom and setting up all the necessary teaching and learning equipment. This was a huge boost for the Maasai people, since before we started providing support, there were only 18 kids. But after the renovation, there were over 190 kids, and we are expecting almost 800 kids after the whole school is finished. This is our future and honour when we will see so many children get a chance to quality education. We can’t do this on our own, so we need help, and that’s where you come in. The Maasai Land needed our help, because they’re so far away from any kind of infrastructure – around 142 km from the city and 20 to 30 radius from any school. Young kids have to walk 10km every day just to get to school, which is a really tough experience for them. That’s why we urgently have to help them.

Experience the "Million Mile Life Experience" in the middle of the Maasai land in Africa!

When I arrived in Tanzania from Germany, one of the most rewarding experiences of my life was gaining insight into the intricate culture of the Maasai people and their deep-rooted faith.

This experience has been an incredible journey for me and I am immensely grateful for my time in Africa.

I pledge my unwavering commitment to this community, recognizing that it is my ambition and honour to be a part of it.

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More About Maasai

Maasai are a nomadic pastoralist society, They live on meat, blood and milk from their herds.  The Maasai’s kraal is composed of a large, circular thorn bush fence around a circle of mud-filled houses, housing between four and eight families. Unfortunately the maasai and their herds are facing a devastating drought in the horn of Africa. 

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The Maasai Boma

Maasai people live in big families in huge huts called boma.

  • They have a palisade to keep out wild animals, and the houses are made of wooden scaffolding and walls made of cow dung.
  • They don’t have any windows to keep out the heat, and the young cattle are kept in the anteroom at night.
  • People cook over an open fire in the next room, and they sleep on cow skins.
  • The huts are arranged around a big square in the centre, and it’s surrounded by a big thorn hedge to keep out any wild animals.
  • The pen in the middle is where the cattle come in from the pasture in the evening.

Maasai society is governed by strict rules of cohabitation. Leadership positions are reserved for older men, while women are responsible for the day-to-day running of the clan.

The clans live independently and remain nomadic, and are never organized into larger groups.

Elders are the ones who decide when young men turn into warriors and when they don't.

They're also the heads of boma, which is a group of clans that are assigned to age or circumcision classes.

Older men follow their elders, and they usually marry lots of different women and take care of their families and kids.

At the age of fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, twenty-five, twenty-six, or twenty-seven, a boy is initiated into the warrior division, which is made up of boys aged fifteen to twenty-five.

The time of circumcision is determined by the boy's father, but there are certain periods of circumcision that only occur once every five to eight years.

During this time, the circumcised boys form a new generation of warriors, and the men in the circumcision class form a close and close-knit community.

Being a warrior is widely regarded as one of the finest experiences a man can have. From this point, the individual is no longer bound by their father's will, and is able to exercise all of their rights and live without constraint.

In addition to their liberty, the warriors are also responsible for the co-existence of the local population.

Historically, the warriors were responsible for defending the steppe against incursions from other tribes, or even raiding them for cattle and women.

However, nowadays their primary responsibility is to guard the boma and cattle on the pasture against wild animals.

The life of women is determined by taking care of the family - and subservience to patriarchy. When a woman is between the ages of 12-16, she is married.

The time of marriage is determined by the father and the man. Marriage also includes circumcision of the girl before marriage.

This is a cruel tradition which is only slowly being challenged and reduced.

However, this understanding of roles still means that girls are married or sold into foreign clans.

 The father gets a fair price for his daughter. This price is usually in cattle.

Women are responsible for life in the Boma. You have a lot of responsibilities. You build the huts where you live with your children. You also supply water to the boma.

With the help of donkeys, you go to the watering holes which are usually far from the village and bring back the heavy load to the village.

In addition to cooking, you are also responsible for getting firewood for the fire and milking the animals at night and in the morning.

At an early age, both girls and boys are taught to conform to the traditional Maasai customs.

The children are raised in close proximity to their mother, with them accompanying her on her back until they are two or three years old.

 From the age of five, the boys begin to work as shepherd boys, accompanying herds of cattle in the morning and returning in the evening.

On the other hand, the girls are groomed from an early age to become mothers and wives, with the circumcision taking place between the ages of 10 and 16.

The main source of income for Maasai is cattle breeding, and the more cattle you own, the more prosperous you are.

It is said that Ngai, the rain god, was promised to Maasai by the rain gods that they would have all the cattle in the world.

Other cattle owners were seen as ‘cattle thieves’ by Maasai, who could take their cattle by law or violence.

This attitude didn't change until the 1900s. They only kill cattle for special occasions, and they also keep goats for meat.

Corn has now become their main food, and they make a porridge called Ugali out of it.

Because Maasai don’t farm, they must either buy or exchange corn for grain.

 

They only do a bit of agriculture, but only on rare occasions. Originally, they only ate milk, blood, and meat from their animals, and still occasionally drink their blood.

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