On the plains that roll out from the foothills of Kilimanjaro lies a remote maasai village called Enkito. Last year our volunteers spent the Summer there. In November more volunteers will go to experience life in symbiosis with nature. Nature, however, is getting harsher and harsher.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 November 2011 to 12:00 PM, 1 November 2012
In Enkito, Amboseli, SW Kenya, the ground is always parched. When the rains finally do arrive the ground soaks up as much as it can and then surface water washes away most of the remaining fertile topsoil, leaving only rock and sand. But its been like this for hundreds of years. The maasai have learnt to cope - but not to the extent that global warming has now reduced even the glacial cover on Kilimanjaro. Since 2000, the plateau's three remaining ice fields have shrunk by 26 percent.
A hydrogeological survey is about to be performed and with adequate funding we can sink a borehole well and provide thorough training to a "water committee" in the village to ensure they have ownership and maintain the well after drilling. Its important to make sure the goats and cows are fenced away from the source and a separate drinking area provided, for example. A fee can be charged to neighbours to raise funds for maintenance too.
Almost all organizations take fees I think that is crazy I want to help and I must pay ?! Fortunately I found the small organization in UK; AVIF
Living with the maasai this Summer has been the most incredible experience I have ever had
I found that 4 km from village is fresh water .. I went every 3rd day and I was happy. I spend almost 2 hours on the way but I like walking.
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