The first time we met the Mamas in 2012, I knew they were very strong and resourceful women. They were sitting on the ground working intently and creating beautiful pieces of jewelry from tiny, tiny beads. We learned that they depended on sales of their art to feed their children.
They ran to meet us when we drove up. What a joy and an honour it was to spend some time with them and support them by bringing home some of their beautiful beadwork! Once Nashipay School was built, we proceeded to raise money to build a retail gift shop and workshop, Bead by Bead, which opened its doors in 2014.
Now, in 2016, Bead by Bead is home for the Mamas' business, and does it look good!! We shopped for pieces to bring home with us to sell at various fundraising events in Canada and you can see by the smile that everyone was happy!! A good retail day at Bead by Bead😊
Trip of a Life Time
In January 2016 I and another friend took a group of volunteers to build a classroom on Maasai Land in Tanzania Africa. Part of Masaai Friends 4Good project.
I group of volunteers paid $500.00 ( tax deductible) each and we used this money to buy all the building materials. It was so hot, but the enthusiasm was high. We sang, laughed, danced and connected with our Massai family at a deep heart level and 8 days later we had a classroom built that would educate 40 children.
What an enormous, life changing opportunity this was for all the volunteers. Each person was so changed by this experience and many moved to tears by the connections that they made during this voluntourism opportunity.
We were elated by the end result and knowing that our labour would have such a positive effect on this community that has been struggling for so long. Education is always the key to moving past poverty and we know that this will make a difference in the lives of our Maasai families from Makuyni village.
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