Projects – In Short
Eluaai Maasai School – Serving 70 children in Bisil area.
Eluaai Maasai School Feeding Project – Serving porridge and lunch to the children
Bisel Maasai Pre-School – Serving 120 children in Bisel/Kajiado area.
Bisel Maasai Feeding Project – Serving porridge and lunch to the 120 children.
Jitahidi School (Kibera Slum) Projects –Educating 95 children in Kibera slum.
Jitahidi School (Kibera Slum) Projects – Serving 95 children porridge and lunch in Kibera slum.
Esarunoto Maasai School – Educating 25 children in Athi River area
Esarunoto Feeding Program – Feeding the school children
Student Sponsorship Project – 65 additional children are sponsored to a variety of elementary and secondary schools.
Student Uniforms – 153 children are given uniforms in a variety of additional elementary and secondary schools.
Masai Adult Education Project – mostly older Masai women learning English, Swahili, counting
Periodic Health and Wellness Screenings – adults / children provided immunizations, prenatal care, de-worming, etc.
Emergency Food Relief – 36 widows, 101 other adults and children provided maize flour and rice due to drought.
Income Generating Activities – three egg/chicken coops, beadwork cooperative, cow cooperative, chicken cooperative, goat project and 4-acre farm to sustain schools and food projects.
Masai Adult Education Project – The Ed Colina Foundation conducts Adult Education Classes in coordination with the Athi River and Kenyan Ministries for Education. English, Swahili and Mathematics classes as well as HIV/AIDS awareness sessions are conducted for over 75 Masai adults. In addition, a group of 12 TOTs (Trainers of Trainers) meet regularly to learn about issues of hygiene, the changing culture and HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention.
Health and Wellness Screenings – In January 2010, we began providing monthly medical screenings and assistance to the Masai community, especially to children and pregnant women. Local nurses were contracted and they visit five local villages around Athi River. Initially they are providing vaccines and immunizations to the newborns and very young.
Emergency Food Relief – There has been no adequate rain in Athi River for quite some time. In fact, most of sub-Saharan Africa is undergoing a significant drought. The Masai women and children of Athi River are left with no food, dying cattle and therefore no meat and milk. The Ed Colina Foundation has made numerous emergency food drops for the most desperate cases. Maize flour, porridge, rice, and powdered milk have been delivered to the Athi River Masai. This food has been delivered to the Masai communities but also to a group of 36 Kamba widows who live in an adjacent community.
Income Generating Activities – Masai women are skilled at beadwork and raising goats. To support these skills, the foundation has provided seed money for the purchase of beads and materials to make traditional belts, necklaces and bracelets. We are in search for markets for these crafts. We have also provided seed money for the purchase of 75 goats. The sale of milk and kids (baby goats) will help the women purchase food, and pay educational fees. There are other income-generating activities begun by the Foundation. They include a chicken project and a small 4 acre farm to help provide food for the schools! In Bisil we have cows and bees and will begin a chicken/egg cooperative in June 2012
Jitahidi School (Kibera) Projects
The Ed Colina Foundation recently purchased 45 new sweaters for a small school in the Kibera slum. The Foundation also began construction of a latrine located just outside the small classroom. Kibera is one of the largest slums in the world; home to over a million inhabitants living on one square mile of land.