A Lack of Water

The subvillage of Sendui sits high above a sloping, expansive depression in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area near Alailelai. As in most Maasai villages of the same size, goat, cattle and sheep graze quietly on hillsides watched by their pastoralist owners, women cook or sit beading in groups and children help where they are needed or … Continue reading A Lack of Water

Orpul – Strengthening the Body and Mind

A traditional strengthening ceremony for Maasai men in which friends and families gather in the bush and away from the bomas for a minimum of two weeks—this is known as Orpul. During Orpul, the Maasai eat large amounts of meat and drink a medicinal soup concocted from the roots and barks of a variety of … Continue reading Orpul – Strengthening the Body and Mind

Returning to the Boma

The world within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area seems almost surreal. There is an inexplicable energizing quality to the rolling hills speckled with bomas. During Judy’s latest trip to Tanzania, the Maasai Partners crew was able to visit our service villages and connect with members of the Maasai community. As we headed out from Karatu early … Continue reading Returning to the Boma

Spring 2018 News

As seasons change, so does our work and staff in Tanzania. We recently saw three-year Program Director Kim La Reau wrap up her time in Tanzania and welcomed new staff members to our team in turn. We successfully gave out goats and are supporting further and further reaching healthcare initiatives in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. … Continue reading Spring 2018 News

Holiday Catalog 2017

The end of 2017 is rapidly approaching, but there’s still time to make a tax-deductible donation to Maasai Partners in 2017! Our projects improve life not only on an individual, but a wider-reaching level. Whether four goats grow an entire family’s herd, an efficient stove drastically improves air quality while saving all the women in … Continue reading Holiday Catalog 2017

A Baby Surprise

We never thought we’d be welcoming an infant to our widening network in Karatu, Tanzania, but recently such a lovely development has taken place. As we move into the latter half of our sixth year in Tanzania, we’re extraordinarily pleased to see our reach and family there grow. And it’s grown quite literally! Sammy Michael … Continue reading A Baby Surprise

Becoming a Senior Elder (Part II)

In Tanzania in general and especially in Alailelai, where daily life is spread out on foot across miles, every car ride counts. Forget seat belts, capacity limits or anything even close to personal space—every body that can fit is squeezed in, plus a few extras for good measure. So it was that we made our … Continue reading Becoming a Senior Elder (Part II)

Becoming a Senior Elder (Part 1)

We hopped out of the Land Rover and followed our guides, running as fast as we could wrapped in shukas across uneven fields sprinkled with stinging nettle. “Come Judy, come Kim, come Jim—have your camera ready!” Mbekure urged us on. We were late to the start of the evening’s event—the first night of the Oring’eheri, … Continue reading Becoming a Senior Elder (Part 1)

Health is the Way to Make Life Good

This guest blog was written by Mbekure Metemi, director of AMSO, one of our partner organizations.  After many months of planning and coordination, AMSO and several other organizations conducted an eye clinic in December. The clinic relied on the supervision and connection of a number of NGOs within Ngorongoro division—including AMSO, NDI, Kiretono Resource Organization and … Continue reading Health is the Way to Make Life Good