Maasai Community Delegation to Visit Elementary Schools
Westminster, MD
10/11/2017 11:00 AM

Chief Joseph Ole Tipanko and community organizer John Parsitau from Nairobi, Kenya, will be visiting Carroll County Public Schools from October 16-19, 2017, to share information and develop an understanding of the Maasai culture.

The school visit schedule is listed below:

Monday, October 16

8:00 and 9:00 a.m.            Presentations at Spring Garden Elementary School

1:15 p.m.                             Presentation at Friendship Valley Elementary School

Tuesday, October 17

9:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.      Presentation, bracelet making and jewelry sale at Ebb Valley Elementary School

Wednesday, October 18

8:00 and 9:15 a.m.            Presentations at Eldersburg Elementary School

(also includes 4 sessions of bracelet making and jewelry sale)    

Thursday, October 19

9:40 and 10:30 a.m.         Presentations and jewelry sale at Sandymount Elementary School

 

The delegation also will give a brief presentation and sell their jewelry at the North Carroll Branch of the Carroll County Public Library on Monday, October 16, at 6:30 p.m. and the Eldersburg Library on Wednesday, October 18, at 6:30 p.m.

 

During this cultural exchange visit, the Maasai delegation will share their pastoral and sustenance way of life without running water or electricity. In turn, they learn ways to raise the education and health standards for their own community in Maasailand.

 As a result of funds raised in 10 years of visits, the community has been able to purchase water storage tanks to hold water for their livestock during droughts and drill a well for water. They also have purchased books for a small school library, constructed a simple preschool classroom, and provided cornmeal for daily lunches in their school rooms. This year Chief Joseph is raising funds to help girls in the village attend school. Students must wear uniforms to attend school in Kenya. IF parents cannot afford to buy uniforms, their children may not attend school.

Reference
Dolly Merssinger
 
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