Providing a Dependable Water Supply -

The Foundation is now working to install slanted metal roofs and gutter systems over the flat masai huts, in order to allow water to be collected during the rainy season.  Presently all the water runs off and is lost. The existing roofs, being made of cow dung and mud, are not conducive to water collection, but by simply installing a slanted metal roof/shade over the existing house with the use of four corner supports, the water can be saved for use in the dry season.  The first such artificial roof has been installed and approved by the elders, so we will attempt to do one a month during the dry season.


The Foundation installed a water catchment system on a home with no water.  The gutter system installed on its slanted tin roof with an 8,000 liter water barrel at the downspout to collect the water.  This system will provide all the water the family of five needs until the next rainy season. We are now purchasing and installing a 2nd 8,000 liter tank for use by the surrounding community as each family is in dire need of clean water.


In addition we have provided over 500 Life Straws, designed to be used by one person for drinking, that will filter up to 1000 liters and can last a year - removing 99.9% of bacteria. This reduces the need to cut trees for firewood used to boil water originally carried in barrels from a very polluted river. We want to provide hundreds more Life Straws or "Life Straw Family" units (Life Straw Family provides filtration for 18,000 liters) at a cost of $20-$75 each.


In 2014 we installed a water well in a Masai community that was suffering massively from drought. In a normal weather year about 70 head of cattle would drink from this water supply but because of the drought the following summer there were around 3000 a day, some from great distances, crowded around the trough. We have since extended the trough 2-3 times it's original lengthso more cattle can access water at a time, and created a section with a lower side wall for goats and sheep can drink as well.  As the Masai live off their cows, they would have no means of obtaining food if the cows were to die.

Saving Trees and Easing Daily Work by Solar Cooking -

In 2015 we took three solar cookers (Sun Ovens) to Kenya for families to cook their daily dish of ugali, a porridge like food that is their staple meal. Today the families have to send the ladies out into the bush, sometimes miles, to collect firewood so they can cook their ugale each day.  This procedure is denuding the forests and adversely affects areas which serve as natural water catchment in the wet seasons. It is also very hard on the backs of the ladies carrying back these heavy loads of wood. In a community of about 300 there could be the need for as many as 75 fires a day. The initial attempt at using them has been well received and we are hoping to be able to work with the manufacturer to ship these in quantity at a date in 2016.

Improving Education for Children -

The Foundation is sponsoring 64 children for room and board at Endoinyo-Erinka Boarding Primary, a school in the Masai community as they had no income and were from either one parent families or families with no jobs.

The Foundation purchased, with the directed help of a donor, 40 mattresses for the girls dorm at this same school as many students were sleeping on blanket or hide covered spring beds. We have now provided 30 additional mattresses for the boys dorm where there were none before. While youth in Kenya are legally required to attend school and the number of students continues to grow at this school, there is no monetary assistance of any kind from the government.

The Foundation installed a water well after the existing one ran dry and for months there was not a drop of water at this school for washing clothes, hygiene, drinking, or anything else. Students had to take hours out of their day for a dangerous, miles long walk in order to carry water back to the school. Once again the government help was non existent.  At the time, there were 644 students plus aides and teachers at this school with no water.

Very happily welcomed by the students were 700 exercise books, 700 pens, 300 pencils and 300 rulers purchased by the Foundation, as none were provided by the government.The Foundation will continue to assist the impoverished school that has 660 students about half of whom board as the distance to their homes is too far to travel daily. The Foundation has purchased over 100 desks so there are now 3 students to a desk rather than what previously was sometime 5 at a desk. We have built three new classrooms to relieve overcrowding and completed teacher housing for six additional teachers, and are working to complete the building of 8 additional latrines. 700 more exercise books and pens are being provided this year.


We have purchased five cows for the school to provide fresh milk on a daily basis. We are purchasing 16 computers for the teachers to keep track of student work, and they will also be used to teach some pupils computer skills. More computers pushed us to acquire 10 additional solar panels and batteries to supply the necessary power to operate them. The school also has a need for many more mattresses that are about $20 each, books, pens, pencils, etc.


We are investigating the purchase of a brick making machine that can make up to 240 bricks a day. The machine can be operated by older students at the school, bricks produced can be stacked one upon another with no cement needed to hold them in place and can be used for future classrooms and/or housing with extra bricks sold to local contractors to generate income for the school.

The foundation is purchasing a watering system for a newly made vegetable garden to enhance the ugali (maize porridge) the school children eat daily. This vegetable garden is possible because of the water well installed in 2015 by the Foundation.


Adult Education -

The Foundation is paying for a young woman to go to nursing school, where she has nearly completed 4yrs and will finish early in 2017. The Foundation is also paying for her apartment as she would not be able to attend if she had nowhere to live. We have committed to building a clinic in the community that will coincide with her graduation for the thousands of people who currently travel several hours to reach medical aide (or do without!).

In addition the Foundation is now providing a teacher to educate adults who are presently illiterate.


The Clinic -

Our largest project by far! We are building a clinic to service the needs of the children at the Endoinyio Erika school

as well as the families that live in the area. Currently for anything more

than basic 'first aid', they have to travel about 3 hours by car over

roads that would best be described as potholes loosely strung together

by rocks and packed earth. The clinic will be finished and officially

opened in January 2017, and have wards for men and women,

a maternity ward (childbirth is probably the biggest hazard faced by

women), a proper shower and even two flush toilets - something not

commonly seen this far removed from the cities. Water was available

from a well earlier installed by the Foundation. We are now starting

the construction of a tiny house for visiting Doctors as there would

otherwise be nowhere for them to stay. The clinic is being entirely built,

supplied and funded through the foundation and will be operated by

the young woman that we have put through Nursing School.

You can join us in this venture by making a dedicated donation towards medical equipment or an ongoing donation to help cover continuing supply and staffing costs.


Making families self sufficient -

                                                           The foundation purchased a safari vehicle for an experienced guide who in the first year has leased

                                                           out his vehicle to other safari operators and in the first 5 months has made $8000. This will enable

                                                           him to pay for his 3 children not only to go to school but to University as well.

                                                           

                                                           The foundation has just purchased another safari vehicle to enable an unemployed guide to be

                                                           self-employed and provide for his family. This is the third safari vehicle purchased by the Foundation!



Making Medical Care Accessible -

The Foundation is paying for a young woman to go to nursing school, where she has nearly completed 4yrs and will finish early in 2017. The Foundation is also paying for her apartment as she would not be able to attend if she had nowhere to live. We have committed to building a clinic in the community that will coincide with her graduation for the thousands of people who currently travel several hours to reach medical aide (or do without!).

The Foundation will continue to provide medical care, solar panels for electricity, educational funding and items listed above, and other items as they are brought to its attention to make the lives of these dear people happier and more fulfilling. You can join our efforts either by donating to our 'general fund', or even better -- choose your own favorite project and let us know, we'll designate your tax deductible gift to that specific need!





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