What We Do

Jamii Moja works to support the educational and medical needs of the Maasai people of Maji Moto, Kenya, and to provide opportunities for the future through the Girls Vocational Center.

Jamii Moja Maji Moto Kenya highlighted

EDUCATION

Maasai children living in rural areas do not have the advantages of their urban peers. Jamii Moja seeks to find sustainable solutions that will allow the children to embrace traditions and values of their culture while gaining an education that will give them an improved quality of life.

Jamii Moja sponsors 39 children at Enkiteng Lepa School – an award-winning school in the village of Maji Moto, Kenya – and 3 students at a local high school for girls. Their costs of education includes:

Day Student at Enkiteng Lepa School – $700 per year. This tuition covers:

  • Food Program – breakfast and lunch
  • Teacher salaries
  • Administrative fees
  • Books and supplies

Boarding Student at Enkiteng Lepa School – $700 per year. This tuition covers:

  • Full room and board
  • Teacher salaries
  • Administrative fees
  • Books and supplies

Jamii Moja Enkiteng Lepa School Maji Moto Kenya

Jamii Moja takes a holistic approach to defining the challenges of low school attendance and under achievement. Working closely with the local elders and leadership has contributed to a successful blending of modern solutions while preserving the rich history of the Maasai people.

We rely upon local resources in order to support the local economy. The investments of Jamii Moja in education achieves the collective objective of preparing children to live and thrive in the modern global community.

 

MEDICAL PROGRAMS

Disease, political instability, and crumbling infrastructure – along with the sparse availability of clinics in outlying areas of rural Kenya – pose the most difficult challenge for gaining access to medical care for the Maasai.

We seek to establish affordable, efficient, and sustainable programs for basic medical services within the Maasai communities. The Maji Moto Clinic serves a community of 2300. Implementing modern technology and western medicines with an awareness and sensitivity to the local practices of medical shamans and herbal remedies is essential in diagnosing, monitoring, treating and managing medical needs of the community.

Investments are used to retrofit the existing facility with modern technology and to pay steady salaries along with supplying the clinic with the medical supplies for the greatest needs. The clinic also provides critical HIV/AIDS and malaria testing, and has plans to build a pediatric and maternity unit in 2015.

Girls Vocational Training Center

Jamii Moja is raising funds to build a community based and owned vocational training center for vulnerable Maasai girls in Kenya.

Maasai girls are disproportionately denied the right to education. They face cultural and economic barriers that include female genital mutilation (FGM), forced child marriage, and preferential treatment of boys that discourages school attendance for girls.

The center will teach entrepreneurial skills as well as trades which will create opportunity and employment. As the girls become self-empowered they can delay early marriage and childbirth.

Jamii Moja Girls Vocational Training Center Maasai Africa Maji Moto