The community faces many challenges such as:
- Long periods of drought. As the Maasai are pastoralists and rely on their animals as their main source of income, we see many people suffering during this time.
- Limited access to quality schools. The closest school to many of the community is a 2-3 hour round walk, often through dangerous areas. This results in many children not attending school or starting at a late age.
- Access to clean water.
- Access to healthcare.
- Early marriage, misuse of young boys for labour and the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM).
The Nairoshi Foundation has assisted with these challenges in the following ways:
- Workshops on budgeting and saving, alternative methods of income, etc.
- Construction of the community nursery/kindergarten, Building Hope Academy.
- Seeking of sponsors for scholarships for students to attend quality boarding schools and Building Hope Academy.
- Connection of a borehole and construction of water outlets, providing clean water and saving a 2-3 hour twice-daily walk to the river.
- Work with families to ensure that medical help is obtained when needed and future plans to establish a health clinic within the community.
- Regular meetings, seminars, and discussions on matters of health, e.g., FGM.
We hold regular community meetings to ensure that the projects remain relevant and the community members are truly a part of the Nairoshi Foundation activities.