The hope of the Masai

by Katja Weber, 2012/03/09

Semeyian Korinko is Masai. She has got nine goats, which she takes to graze every day. Once the 38-year old woman had also had cows, but all of them died during the past dry years. Every time she needs money to buy food or to pay for school fees or clothes for herself or her four children, she sells one of her valuable goats. Or her neighbours help her and give her some corn.

Semeyian wishes for a better future for her four children. Let us join forces to make this dream come true. Photo: humedica/Katja Weber

As she is one of four wives – a circumstance that is typical for her tribe – her substantially older husband cannot provide for her sufficiently. During the latest distribution she received a wonderful addition and enrichment to their daily menu: 18 kilos of beans, 25 kilos of Unimix (mixture of corn and soybeans enriched with vitamins), 25 kilos of corn, 24 kilos of corn meal, 4 litres of oil and 500 grams of salt.

These supplies are to last Semeyian and her family for a period of six weeks. However, also other people will benefit from it: community is very important for the Masai, and even before Semeyian left the food distribution point, she had already given packages of meal or beans to others who had not received anything that day.

About 85 percent of the Masai population in the south of Kenya suffer from hunger. The Mashuru Health Centre conducts statistics, according to which 1,000 children in the surrounding villages suffer from malnutrition. humedica implements distributions of local food in seven of these villages. By means of numerous distributions, the people have been provided with supplies for a total of three months.

By way of conducting inquiries, we selected those 240 families that are affected worst. It is mostly the women who walk a distance of up to one hour in the fast stride that is typical for the Masai, to reach the distribution points in the early morning. Local Evangelical-Lutheran church communities support humedica with the organisation and offer us their churches as meeting points.

The Masai have been struggling with the change of living circumstances in their home country for years. Pasture areas become ever smaller, as the land is sold bit by bit and no longer belongs to the community, as was the case in the past. The herds of cows comprising several hundred animals have mostly disappeared, above all since the droughts set in and the grass dried out.

Food supplies for six weeks would fit into only few cars in Germany. For the Masai, a donkey must do. Photo: humedica/Katja Weber

Besides carrying machetes and clubs with them, the former nomads with their colourful clothes are now also carrying their mobile phones. A positive development is that more and more children attend school, including an increasing number of girls. However, their grades are far below national average and the majority of students do not qualify for higher education in Kenya.

The country of the Masai and its people are wonderful – but they lack everything: infra structure, water, food and jobs.

Semeyian’s wish for the future is that her children will grow up in health and that one day they will become successful young people. Young people who will lead a better life than the mother of four children can currently offer them. Please help us to fulfil this wish for the future by means of your donation for the people at the Horn of Africa.

      humedica e. V.
      Stichwort „Hungerhilfe Afrika
      Konto 47 47
      BLZ 734 500 00
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