MSABI has been working closely with remote Maasai communities this year. To date we have completed 10 boreholes and have orders for 28. It is expected MSABI will facilitate in the order of 60 boreholes with rope pump installations in this region in the coming year. The Maasai are very faithful people - once you gain their trust then they will look after you. They also are very transient, moving regular around the Kilombero Valley to sell cattle and interact with other family groups. Hence, once word spread this year that MSABI was a trusted organisation and capable of providing water - well it was like a switch went off and we have had a constant flow of orders.
Recently MSABI was invited by a Maasai group to attend an opening party for their new water point. Previously they had to walk over 2km to find water - which consisted of a hole dug into a seasonal stream - which was also used for watering stock. The women in particular were very, very pleased with their new rope pump, which provides cool, clean aquifer water in seconds! To say thank-you the Maasai put on an all day party for us - which included eating BBQ goat and lots of dancing. It was a real treat to see some of the different Maasai dances. Below is a photo-log of the day.
A group of young Maasai Moran are joined by their junior elder teacher (short guy in centre).
Much excitement from the Moran when the girls arrived.
The Moran show their skills.
Here we see MSABI Program Manager, Nik Holbro, tucking into a big lunch. The Maasai prepared rice, palau, BBQ goat, roasted innards, and locally made yoghurt.
After lunch a the women got in on the jumping action.
I was presented with a Maasai blanket - albeit it is a womens blanket (not sure what they were implying).
Opening of the pump.
Lots of dancing and celebration around the pump.
This pump was supported by the Rotary Basel Spalen Club of Switzerland.
There were more than 100 people at the ceremony.
For a white guy I reckon I jump ok.
Some local ladies in their traditional attire.
At the end of the day the Moran do their best to impress the young ladies.