These Maasai didn’t dance, they wobbled and jumped – so the kids did too!

Interesting fact learned from this week’s Cool Saturday Maasai guests: A lion will not kill a woman or child. In fact Benedict shared the story of when a lion protected his brother who was lost in the bush for over two weeks. During the day the lion would sit at a distance from the boy; in the night it would move closer, chasing away any animals threaten him. (read more to learn more interesting facts).

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We’ve just never done it that way before!

I was initially invited to Tanzania to help women with some knowledge of sewing to start a group to support church and families.   Their initial challenge was their misconception about tourists. “We want to make things for visitors, but most of the people who visit here have money, and people with money buy plastic imported products.” 

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School Uniforms – “mine” or “theirs”?

Historically Maasai children who were given the opportunity to study in boarding schools were required to put aside their traditional dress and hairstyles, and miss out on many Maasai cultural activities because the schools would not accommodate their unique cultural needs

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Sometimes Planting the Seed is Enough

Sometimes planting the seed is enough if that is all you can do. I learned this last month I revisited the Maasai community in which ADEA helped to found two primary schools in Rombo, Kenya – on the eastern face of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

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The peanut seller

I have been selling roasted peanuts for long long time. People around here know me. I started selling roasted peanuts when I was in primary school, and continued after finishing. I am now around 42 years old. Every morning I roast a 20 liter buckets worth of peanuts. On a good day I sell four basins full. I like this work very much, and will do it until I die!

Watu wa Mtwara [People of Mtwara]

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