Our primary school among Masai people
Rombo is a locality in south Kenya, at the foot of Kilimanjaro, mainly inhabited by Masai, a Nilotic population who lives on a highland on the border between Kenya and Tanzania.
The Masai population is nomadic or semi-nomadic, lives off animal husbandry and primary agriculture.
10 kilometers away from Rombo, in the middle of the savannah, there was a governative primary school.
Alice for Children intervened to ensuring children food, drinking water (brought with a well made on purpose), fences in the school to prevent animals to ruin it, and wages to teachers for classes, because they did not receive any.
THE SCHOOL AT THE FOOT OF KILIMANJARO
Alice for Children has begun to pay the teachers’ wages to give the teaching a continuity, has built them a house where they can permanently reside and has funded supplying, to let the kids have a warm meal a day.
Since 2013 until present day, not only have the kids in the school increased (today, there are around 500), but the teachers’ house, which they have left thanks to the economic independence gained, became the girls’ house.
Around sixth class, girls enter puberty and have their period. This is the moment when, being in the fertile age, in the Masai area, they can be given in marriage.
To avoid early pregnancies that would not allow them to continue the studies, Alice for Children has created the girls’ house: the girls can stay there together with a mamy that looks after them.