Maasai community has one of the highest illiteracy and lowest school enrollment rates in East Africa, this is due to lack of enough schools and pastoral life adaptations which prevents many children from getting education. We strongly believe that education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty that plagues their communities and can create a better future for children and their families.
In Losirwa, Monduli District, Maasai children have to choose between getting an education and being safe. Without classrooms, they are forced to study under trees, in all weather. They are exposed to the elements, distracted, and unable to learn. Intense sun, or violent rain, disrupt lessons and make it impossible for children to learn.
For a school which do have some shelter, it is often unstable, with holes in the ceiling that let the rain in, leaving children cold and wet, and ruining their work. The nearest is 10 miles away from Lesirwa village, and students are regularly attacked by wild animals. A lot of children don't attend school as parents see its not safe.
We believe that no child should be forced to study outside, or in a dangerous environment. With access to a good education, children can escape poverty.
To build safe and secure classrooms, so that children can focus on their learning and their futures. Also to build toilets for both girls and boys. Parents will be more willing to send their children to school without the worries about safety.
This school will provide education to more than 200 children in Lesirwa subvillage and neighbouring communities on an ongoing basis. Parents will have little reason not to send their children to school any more, so the educational level of the whole community will increase. This will lead to increased incomes and opportunities in the community.