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WATER FOR MAASAI

2018

Located at an all girls refugee boarding school - The Naning'oi School is home to over 400 young girls who are runaways fleeing from forced child marriages, female genital mutilation, and other extreme life altering events. Like many in the community, these girls suffer from countless illnesses, and not having access to clean water is the root to many of the issues that unfold here. The community where this school is located in is The Nashipai Maasai village, one of the 42 indigenous Maasai communities that still inhabit Africa today. What started as a goal to install 5 bio-sand water filters at the school quickly turned into the installation of 7 - the purchase and install of a new community borehole water pump to produce water for the entire village and small surrounding communities, the distribution of hundreds of female sanitation items, tooth brushes and toothpaste, the purchase of 50 mattresses for the girls dormitory, where many girls have been sleeping 3 to a twin bed, and a community garden project to bring fresh fruits and veggies to all those who live there. My time in Kenya has been one of the most incredible experiences of my life. All my love and thanks to Water For Maasai, Joy Slicker, and Lana MacNaughton for inviting me to be a part of such a wild journey and to document this adventure first hand.