Goat or sheep
Cattle is very important to the Maasai. They work hard to take care of their herds and to keep the animals safe and healthy. You could compare a herd to a savings count. When sheep or goats reproduce, the herd will grow. In times of need, a sheep or goat can be sold in order to earn some money. A small goat, that after a few months has become bigger, can be worth a lot more on the market. For example, by donating 1 goat you can make sure that a Maasai family in five years does not have only 1, but 3 goats! The Maasai use the fat and milk of the goats, and eat the meat of the animals if they die or when they are butchered for a special occasion.
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At the beginning of the school year, we buy school supplies for the children. Pens, pencils, exercise books, a map, a drawing set (with rulers etc.), erasers, a pencil sharpener and a pencil case. To take all of this to school, the children also need a sturdy backpack. When you purchase a school supplies package you can make sure one of our children has enough supplies to perform at their best at school.
The Nanginyi Foundation sponsors families who do not have enough food to eat every day. It is important for the Maasai to eat well, as they perform hard physical labour and need a lot of energy. The Nanginyi Foundation sponsors food packages with rice, beans, maize/corn, tea, sugar, cooking oil and, when available, some vegetables and fruit. Our local coordinator will put together the food packages depending on the current food prices and availability. He will then deliver them to families in need. When you buy a food package in our webshop you can make sure that a Maasai family in need will get support.
One of the main goals of the Nanginyi Foundation is to provide access to education for the children. Five days per week they go to the Sasa School, which lies at the edge of the savannah, where they live. They get their lessons in English. We pay the school fees for the children at the beginning of the school year. The school year in Tanzania starts in January and ends in December. The children get days off during all national and religious holidays, and get a month off in June. School fees are our largest expense every year, so every donation is welcome! Access to education gives the children a chance for a brighter future!
Many Maasai-women deliver their babies at home. They often live far from the hospital and do not have proper transportation to get there. After giving birth, the woman gets blood from a cow or a bull (depending on the gender of the baby). They mix the blood with milk and drink it in order to regain some strength. In the few months after birth a mother only eats warmed-up food. The Nanginyi Foundation offers maternity packages to new mothers in need. The package of €10 consists of: rice/beans/maize, sugar, tea, soap, body lotion and cooking oil. The package of €15 also contains a small Maasai cloth for the new baby. With the purchase of this maternity package you can make sure that a Maasai woman has enough means to recover after giving birth and to take care of herself and her new baby!
All children who go to school in Tanzania have to wear a school uniform. For girls, the uniform consists of: a sweater, socks, a blouse and a skirt or a dress. For boys it consists of: a sweater, a blouse, a pair of pants and socks. Next to this, the children need a sports uniform, which consists of a t-shirt with shorts. The children only wear their uniform when they are at school, in order to make sure they can use their uniform as long as possible. The parents of the children have the task to wash and alter/repair the uniforms, as we think it is important they have responsibilities. Since the children wear their uniforms daily and are still growing, we believe they need a new uniform every year. With your purchase you can make sure that one of our children will have a nice school uniform for a year.
Op Nanginyi Nursery School krijgen onze kleuters elke dag vers fruit en ook de kinderen die op de zaterdagen naar ons bijlesprogramma komen, sluiten de dag af met fruit. Fruit is een luxe product dat de kinderen thuis nauwelijks krijgen. Wij vinden het daarom heel belangrijk dat ze dit bij ons op school wel krijgen. We wisselen het fruit af, afhankelijk van het seizoen. De kinderen eten onder andere sinaasappels, bananen, watermeloen, ananas en mango. Per week zijn we €5 euro kwijt aan het fruit dat we kopen op de lokale markt. Wilt u ervoor zorgen dat de kinderen kunnen blijven genieten van het verse fruit? Koop dan een fruitpakket!
Local nursery school
In 2018 the Nanginyi Foundation started to establish a local nursery school in the boma. Nine girls and Nine boys between 4 and 6 years old from different boma's in the neighbourhood are coming to the boma of local coordinator Mathayo 5 days a week to follow education. In this way we want to introduce education to the local community and show that it is also important for girls. The children will be taught in different subjects and sports and creativity will be part of the curriculum too. In the morning they will be provided with a breakfast (tea with sugar and milk and bread or porridge) and there will be fruits during the day. To keep the local nursery school running we need money for materials, the breakfast and to pay a contribution for the teacher. Every donation is therefore welcome to support our local nursery!
In 2018 is Stichting Nanginyi begonnen met het opzetten van een lokale kleuterschool in de boma. Negen meisjes en Negen jongens tussen de 4-6 uit verschillende boma's in de buurt komen 5 dagen per week naar de boma van coördinator Mathayo om daar onderwijs te volgen. Op deze manier willen wij onderwijs meer introduceren in de lokale community en met name laten zien dat onderwijs ook zeker voor meisjes is! De kinderen krijgen les in verschillende vakken en ook creativiteit en sport komen aan de orde. In de ochtend krijgen ze allemaal een ontbijt (thee met suiker en melk en brood of porridge (pap)) en tussendoor is er fruit, zodat er niet met een lege maag gestudeerd hoeft te worden. Om de lokale kleuterschool te laten blijven draaien is er uiteraard geld nodig voor materialen, het ontbijt en de bijdrage voor de onderwijzer. Elke donatie is dus welkom!