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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Days for Girls
2019 – CAD $6,400
Girls often have to remain at home during menstruation due to the lack of available hygiene pads. To help address this issue, the FTLOA Society has become a licensee of Days For Girls International (DFGI). DFGI is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide every girl and woman in need with access to quality sustainable feminine hygiene and health education. DFGI believes that lack of access to feminine hygiene tools and education can be a significant barrier to education, work, and opportunity for women.
The FTLOA-DFG concept has developed a Social Enterprise comprising unemployed women, for the manufacture and sale of DFGI-branded washable and re-usable menstrual pads. Kits are sold to non-profits and distributed free of charge to girls and women living in communities surrounding the capital city, Dodoma. Your donation will buy supplies to employ women and provide kits, which, in turn, will keep hundreds of girls in school and women at work.
Makuyuni Community Water Project
There is a general lack of safe potable water. Dams capture seasonal rains but the water is not potable, and wildlife causes considerable damage to pipelines and dam embankments. Consequently, the Maasai women and children often walk long distances to fetch water.
The Nashipay Maasai School also needs water for basic hygiene, and the future construction of dormitories will require a dependable source of water. To improve access to clean water for the children at the Nashipay Maasai School and their families in the Makuyuni boma, the solution was to drill a borehole.
The borehole is producing a flow of 2,940 litres per hour and is powered by solar panels.
The beneficiairies include the broader Maasai community of around three thousand (3,000) people in Makuyuni, who can now access water for domestic use. There is potential for permaculture, livestock and agricultural projects, all of which can ease nutritional and economic burdens and each of which will require additional funds.
Mothers, affectionately known as Mamas, who live in the boma (village) of Makyuni are struggling to feed their families on less than $2.00 per day. And this struggle is happening in the midst of adapting to the realities of climate change and shifts from a pastoral to a more sedentary life. Learning to create and operate a small business offers a sustainable way for these mamas to earn money; money they need to ensure their kids have food to eat and can afford the fees to go to school.
Mama Power is a project of FTLOA which is supporting educated Maasai women to teach and mentor Mamas from concept to startup of their own micro business. Mama Power also includes a small seed fund to encourage and support the startup process.
Your donation will help to ensure these women have the knowledge and skills to feed their kids and send them to school. Ashe (thank you in the Maa language)
Train the Trainers, Makuyuni boma
2018 – CAD $250
A small project that makes a big difference! A small team of FTLOA volunteers spent a few days exclusively with the Mamas of Makuyuni to share the basics of entrepreneurship. We brought a woman from a distant village to teach the women how to make beads from paper, so they could have a sustainable, less expensive source of materials for creating the beautiful beaded jewelry for which they are renown.