Build a House for a Maasai Widow

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Build a House for a Maasai Widow

Building a house for a Maasai widow and her children is a life-changing gift.

 

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Purpose: To build a house for an HIV-positive Maasai widow in Boma Ng’ombe

Cost: $2,000

Duration: one month; start anytime.

Description: West of Moshi and Mount Kilimajaro in Northern Tanzania, is a Maasai village, Boma Ng’ombe. This is a particularly poor area of the country. The landscape is arid and dry, and the Maasai who live in this area have a difficult life.

In the Maasai culture, men are polygamous, and wives are financially dependent on husbands. Wealth is invested in the land, buying animals and building houses, and is controlled by the man in the family. If a husband dies, male relatives of the husband typically reclaim the animals and land of the deceased male, leaving the surviving widow and children with little remaining. The widow and children have a very difficult existence after the loss of a father.

Homes in Boma Ng’ombe are built by hand according to the traditional Maasai style. They are round with three areas – one of animals, a common area, and a sleeping area. Sticks, grass and cow dung are the materials used, and round huts are common with a thatched roof and dirt floor. These huts can last several years if built well, but need to be replaced periodically. Building of the huts requires scavenging for the materials by hand, transporting them by foot, and fetching water several miles to mix the materials. This is very difficult for a single mother raising children.

Building a house for a Maasai widow serves many functions. It lasts over 20 years, so that there is a constant need to maintain a hut. These houses are less than 1000 sq ft, have several windows and a door, and usually three small rooms. A house gives widows and children a place of permanence and maintains their social standing in the community. Most importantly, it is a safer and more healthy existence for the family because the house has a door that they can lock for security.

Houses can be built in Boma Ng’ombe for $2,000 in less than a month using local materials. They are basic without electricity and running water, but Maasai are already well adapted to this traditional way of life.

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Build a House for a Maasai Widow

Building a house for a Maasai widow and her children is a life-changing gift.

 

[wp_paypal_payment]

Make a donation to Lalafofofo and allow us to allocate it where it is needed most to benefit women and children in Kilimanjaro, or select from the list projects below you would like to support.

Step 1:
Click on Donate now

Step 2:
Click on “Pay with Debit Or Credit Card”

Step 3:
Enter details (skip section of “create PayPal account”) and Click “Agree & Pay”

Step 4:
Thank you!










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Donation Total:
$1,250