104 sweaters and some books for the children
Gifts for the girls
It has been an exciting time at Tareto Maa, as the girls received some lovely presents from donors abroad. As the rainy season made the climate very cold, help arrived by the way of 104 sweaters, donated by a family from our newly formed USA team and its chairwoman. There was also a book delivery and an adventure involving a parcel which started its journey in Canada and was sent by a supply chain across to Kenya with essential supplies for the girls.
Bicycles for the refuge
Jens, a supporter from Germany, completed a great pilot project for Tareto Maa. He conducted a fund-raiser for 6 bikes (plus training of a mechanic, a toolkit and a trailer). The “Buffalo Bikes” which are tailor-made for roads in rural Africa, will enable the children to cycle to far-off schools, and we can use them to bring sick people to the doctor and goods to Tareto Maa.
Victory at a singing competition
Congratulations to the students of our Naitawang Riverside Academy who won an award for singing and dancing (which are highly-prized traditions for the Maasai). They were no. 1 in the Transmara District. Now the next competition will be on Province level.
Houses for the teachers
Thanks to the local community, the teachers of the school have been provided with some temporary shelter. The houses are of basic construction but provide much needed housing for the teachers who were finding it difficult to travel backwards and forwards from their homes to school during the rainy season.
International conference in Tanzania
In June, our project manager Rona attended an international conference in Tanzania, organised by Forward UK and other organisations. It was on the subject of early enforced marriage. For Rona it was the first time to travel across the border, for Tareto Maa it was the first international conference.
Strengthening our communications
A new Tareto Maa WIKI has been introduced and we have created a new Facebook page.
Firstly, the team believed that creating a WIKI would be an important step in sharing the experience gained from the completed projects, encourage dialogue about what we do, and help us develop new ideas for the future. This is the web link to our WIKI: http://www.appropedia.org/Tareto_Maa
Our new Facebook page can be seen here: www.facebook.com/TaretoMaa. We like the new page very much and hope you do to. Please join us there by liking the page!
Following the publication of Gladys’ story on Worldpulse, we have seen a beautiful article published by The Girl Effect: www.girleffect.org/news/2013/04/how-economics-can-change-thinking-on-fgm/.
A severe food crisis. We need your help!
We are facing an urgent and very critical situation as the corn harvest has failed completely at the Tareto Maa Center and in the surrounding district of Transmara.
This has been caused by a viral infection called Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease (MLND). It is the first time that this plant disease attacked the crops in East Africa. The infection has destroyed the maize in our field, therefore we must raise funds now to buy staple food for the children.
In addition, alternatives and solutions must be found for the next planting season, to avoid a reoccurring situation in 2014. This will need to include finding seeds resistant to MLND and planting crops other than maize. Research into insecticides is needed as the viruses are transmitted by insects. As this disease is new to Africa, dealing with it is a huge challenge. Therefore we are seeking donor assistance in this very urgent and critical situation to buy food for the children at Tareto Maa.
Please help us here on GlobalGiving if you can: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/protect-70-girls-from-genital-mutilation-in-kenya/
Thank you for your assistance!
Tareto Maa cornfield spoiled by disease
Food for the children at Tareto Maa