When we started working in the community, nearly all the huts were lit using kerosene lanterns. Apart from being dangerous, fumy and only giving a very poor light, they are also expensive to run. With the help of a donor, we helped local people set-up solar lamp rental businesses, whereby the cost of renting a solar lamp was less than the cost of buying kerosene. As of 2014, about 30% of the huts in the area now use solar lanterns.
Growing food may not be a new technology to most people in Europe, but it is to the Maasai. Although most Maasai are now static, their ancestors were pastoralists who constantly moved with their animals. They were never in one place long enough to grow food.
Since 2012, the Charity has employed a teacher to run yearly courses on how to grow food. The courses are run in September and October, a short time before the rains.
The school has a goat proof fenced vegetable growing area for the growing of food for the school kitchen and for teaching Children and Adults. This grows enough food for about half the school lunches. As the teacher said “seeing is believing”.
In 2015, we drilled 1 borehole that supplied water to 80 ‘allotment’ type plots for the poorest to grow food. During 2016, we will be drilling a further 6 bore-holes with allotment plots.