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Maasai in Kenya making ends meet
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3 October 2020

Maasai in Kenya making ends meet

In June, we took action to avert the pending famine for families in the South of Kenya. Meanwhile, the markets are open once a week and the worst of the threat has been removed. In many villages, extra gardens are being constructed to safeguard the food provision.

On June 27th, Zorg van de Zaak Network organised the ‘Go-Fit’ activity. Almost 600 people hiked, biked and jogged to raise money for the Maasai. It yielded a total of 11.540 euros which was directly put to use to organise food aid through our partner ‘Embassy of the Earth’.

In Kenya, stricter measures have been taken to counter the coronavirus. Markets were closed, transport was restricted and as a result of the curfew, everybody had to be home by 8pm. Especially the Maasai communities were hit hard by this.

Partly thanks to the contribution of Zorg van de Zaak Foundation, 6500 people in the various Maasai communities have been provided with corn, beans, rice, oil, milk and soap over the last few months. As a result, most of the famine has been averted for these people. Meanwhile, the rules have been relaxed somewhat: the markets are open one day a week, taking away most of the threat and allowing trade to increase again.

The coronacrisis is hitting the communities hard. However, the people have not been sitting on their hands. Many plans have been made lately surrounding the replanting of trees. Instead of planting trees in a permaculture, large nursery gardens with a single type of plant, various villages are working on setting up a ‘community garden’. These are vegetable gardens with various types of vegetables on which men and women grow their own food within the enclosure of the ‘boma’: the traditional village.

On top of this, hard work is being done on the ‘holistic grazing and breeding’ program. With breeding bulls (bought with donations) a breed of cows is bred to be more resistant to the drought. As a result of the lessons from the holistic grazing course being put into practice, there is more collaboration in the grazing and the land can restore itself better.

Because of these various activities, which the communities undertake together, the feeling of solidarity and cooperation are strengthened. Thanks to the donations, these activities can be continued, and work can be done on a healthy and sustainable arrangement of the landscape at the foot of the Kilimanjaro.