Our solidarity projects
Many young people want to go to higher education but their families do not have the means to support them. They are increasingly aware of the importance of education and qualifications in a globalised world where their future and the one of their families depends on it.
Several of our visitors have financed and carried out educational projects for some young people by meeting them at the lodge. Others have the same aspirations and expect the same from donors. We will be happy to put you in touch with the young person concerned. You can do a donation on our support page.
Our reforestation project consists of planting moringas in and around the camp. Indeed, the Maasais and other local people use a lot of wood for cooking, building their houses, constructing fences and do not realise that the forests are running out. Why moringas? The "miracle tree" in English, the moringa is a tree with miraculous virtues due to its richness in minerals, vitamins A, C, E, proteins and antioxidants. You can plant your own moringa, more info on our activity page.
CONSTRUCTION OF A LABORATORY
We are very happy to have been able to carry out the construction and to supply all the materiel of the laboratory in the village of Engaresero. The inauguration took place in February 2021 with the arrival of the technician appointed as the person in charge of the premises. The laboratory is now operational and very useful to the community.
Last year we provided health insurance cards to +/- 400 families giving them access to free health care. Each card entitles 6 family members to 1 insurance cover and costs 30000 TZS (13-14 euros). These cards were valid for 1 year and we want to renew them but our lodge does not generate enough profit to renew them this year due to coronavirus. Any donation is welcome if you would like to help us finance some cards for the year 2021-2022. You can make this donation directly on our support page. The card issued for the family you support will be sent to you by email or by Whatsapp.
So that the Maasai community can benefit from the profits generated by tourism, we have created the Native Maasai project with them. It consists of welcoming visitors into a family for a few days to share their daily life and discover their culture and traditions. The stays proposed by Native Maasai are all managed in collaboration with the native families of the region. The families are chosen in turn so that each clan can participate. This participatory approach contributes, through the earnings, to support their traditional way of life.
WATER SUPPLY AT THE CLINIC
In 2015, there was no drinking water available at the clinic. Maasai Giraffe, in collaboration with Pharmacie sans frontière, financed and had pipes installed to bring spring water from the river to the clinic. Running water is now provided to facilitate patient care.
INTRODUCTION TO AGRICULTURE
Having successfully developed a vegetable garden at the lodge, we want to share our experience with the Maasai mamas and involve them in creating small vegetable gardens next to their huts. Currently, they do not have access to running water. Our project is to finance and install pipes to bring water directly to the Maasai bomas.
The Maasai people are settling down and no longer have access to the variety of wild plants and barks necessary to preserve their good health. We hope that through this project they will be able to diversify their diet and/or generate a small income by eventually selling the small production. In order to carry out this project, any donation is welcomed on our support page. We will keep you informed by email or Whatsapp about the progress of the project.
We were made aware of the fact that, for Maasai women, the menstrual period can be uncomfortable due to the lack of hygienic material. We came up with the idea of providing menstruation kits. More than a hundred kits were distributed. These kits consisted of soap, panties and a reusable hygienic band. This project is going to be repeated.
RECYCLING PLASTIC BOTTLES
Our eco-lodge is concerned about the pollution generated by the use of plastic bottles. In order to reduce the amount used by travelers, we have provided spring water that has been made drinkable through patented Nano filters. For sodas, they are served in glass bottles, which are reused and returned.
This summer, Mathilde De Ruggiero, a 3rd-year student at ISTOM, an agro-development school, is doing a 4-month internship to develop a project for recycling PET bottles on-site.