The Maasai well and pre-school visit at the end of our safari was both fun and informational. I always look forward to seeing the Maasai people, just love them, to see those that I met as children, now are married and have children of their own. When I look at the faces, the memories come back to when they were becoming a warrior; all dressed in black, now they are married and have grown older. We visited the school, it happened to be a Sunday, so just the children from the village were there for us to meet. They sang for us, answered math questions, always surprised me how excited the children get when wanting to answer the questions.
Some that get chosen to answer the question are not tall enough to reach the blackboard so write the answer with chalk on the floor. Our main reason for visiting the school was to give a donation of $1000 for the food program they have started. They now teach children from other Maasai villages, so some come a long distance to attend school. They now provide a lunch for them, which consists of rice, beans and maize, maybe not what our children here would get, but it is more than maybe they would get at home. They are now feeding about 65-70 children each day they are in school. This school prepares them for the government school when they are old enough to go there. In the past we supplied school uniforms for them for the government school, but to our board, we felt food is better than clothing. The cost of feeding each child is about $1.00 US dollar a day.
My namesake “Little Evie” is growing up, she now is in pre-school, and with her cute uniform, and she walked with me and I was able to hold her hand the whole time. She never left my side. I still am wondering what her Mother told her to do, as I also was able to hold her on my lap, and hug her. This time she didn’t cry when she saw me.
The Maasai well is still in great condition, still looks like the pump just came out of the box. This time we bought eight trees to be planted in the area of the pump that is fenced. The Maasai were to plant these after we left, as they didn’t get the word soon enough to have the holes dug so those on the safari could plant the trees.