Maasai Mara Enkereri community-Covid 19- Emergency food drive for the vulnerable Maasai families.

Fundraising campaign by Ntaine Swakei
  • US$20.00
    Donated So Far
Raised offline: $400.00
Total: $420.00
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Greetings,

We're writing this on behalf of the Enkereri Maasai community and the effect that the current world-wide COVID-19 pandemic has had on the livelihoods of the Maasai people in Kenya, particularly along the Maasai Mara region, which normally fully depends on tourists to support their hand to mouth daily existence.

Young children and the older generation have all been terribly affected. Mamas (ladies) earn a living from making and selling.bead work, artefacts and ornaments in exchange for money from visiting tourists mostly in the greater Maasai Mara game reserve.

Due to the lack of tourists, they have no.means of providing an income for their families or daily expenses and have all been forced back to their rural villages having nothing else to depend on but their livestock products.

Those without livestock are starving and rely on well- wisher donations, which are inconsistent and sporadic.

The Maasai people in Kenya are a small indigenous group that are known for their nomadic pastoral lifestyle, where they move from one region to another, completely dictated to by the weather and seasons, looking for green pastures and water for their livestock.

Currently,the largest settlement of Maasai are found in the Rift Valley region in the Northern part of Kenya and also along the world's most famous game reserves in the Mara.

The Maasai in this region look after the land and live side by side with the beautiful wild animals that live in and around the game reserves. .

For centuries the Maasai people and these incredible animals have co-existed together in harmony. The Maasai people have created a wonderful and safe environment for the animals, who in turn attract foreign tourists and thus bring in much needed currency to the region. This in turn supports them in their livelihood, not to mention the building of schools and hospitals and also providing essential funds for improving other aspects of the infrastructure for this region.

Due to the sudden disappearance of tourists because of COVID -19, we are afraid that the Maasai will be left with little choice but to start hunting the indigenous wildlife for food to feed their starving families.

Therefore we must look for alternative measures to try and support this important ancient community and save the wildlife and amazing habits and ecosystems from destruction.

We are, therefore asking you for a donation, whatever you might be able to give, to help avert a disaster in this region, not just now, but in the long-term. Every single donation will be used to benefit this community an keep this wonderful region intact.

Agreement will be reached by the village elders and local administration officials, who include chiefs and religious leaders, to ensure that funds reach the most vulnerable people, including single mothers, orphans and the poorest families who are unable to feed themselves due to the hardship that this pandemic has brought.

We want to be able to provide basic needs like maize flour, beans,rice,kale ,cabbage, potatoes, cooking oil,salt and water.

Also we would like to be able to provide masks, hand sanitizers and educate people in preventative measures to safeguard their families from COVID-19.

We are targeting up to 600 families or more in various local "Manyattas"(Maasi cultural villages) within the Maasai Mara Triangle.

Your donation/support will directly be beneficial to these vulnerable Maasi families.

Through your support this mission will succeed.

Feel free to seek further clarification or ask any questions through the email addresses provided.

Join us,donate, share and support.

Help us to make a difference and do something extraordinary!

Thank you, ahsante sana, ashe oleng!!

Fundraising Team

  • Ntaine Swakei
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  • Campaign Owner
  • Bidisha Abdel-all
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  • Fundraiser

Donors

  • Lemon Jelly UK LLP
  • Donated on Jul 04, 2020
$15.00
$5.00
Dec 13

Christmas and New Year news

Update posted by Ntaine Swakei at 11:58 am

Christmas is going to be a tough time for all of us this year. Tourists are still few and far between in Kenya, there is no bridging agreement between the UK and Kenya so there are very few people going to the Maasai Mara. This time of year is normally

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Dec 13

Christmas and New Year news

Update posted by Ntaine Swakei at 11:58 am

Christmas is going to be a tough time for all of us this year. Tourists are still few and far between in Kenya, there is no bridging agreement between the UK and Kenya so there are very few people going to the Maasai Mara. This time of year is normally

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Jul 12

Families are being given vital supplies already!

Update posted by Ntaine Swakei at 09:42 pm

Saturday the 11th of July was a very special day. Having raised over $300, through the website and some private funding, food and masks were bought for 50 of the most vulnerable families in this region!Maize, rice and sugar were some of the essential staples purchased and distributed to families.

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Jul 03

After some teething problems we are finally up and running! Please donate..this campaign cannot be a success WITHOUT you!

Update posted by Ntaine Swakei at 10:21 am

We are finally LIVE!

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Donors & Comments

2 donors
  • Lemon Jelly UK LLP
  • Donated on Jul 04, 2020
$15.00
$5.00

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Donated So Far
Raised offline: $400.00
Total: $420.00

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