The Maasai are Building a School
In 2009, 9 Maasai went on tour across the US to raise money to build the first Maasai-run school in Maasailand. That tour was successful and the 2009 En-kata tour raised enough money to build 2 classrooms, bathrooms, and teacher housing for the first school in Orbili, Tanzania. The grand opening for the school was held on June 3rd, 2011, and kindergarten classes began in March of 2012. The community is excited about the opportunity to give their children a great education, and the number of children wishing to enroll in kindergarten far exceeds the capacity of the 2 classrooms built so far. In the spring of 2013, we are coming to North America for The Hope of the Maasai tour. This fourth tour will help the school to expand its capacity, and provide the graduating kindergartners with first-grade classrooms to move into.
The Hope of the Maasai Tour
The fourth tour of the En-kata Choir will begin in North Carolina at the beginning of April 2013 and will go throughout the southeastern US. We will be sharing songs and stories from the heart of Africa. Along with the live performances, we will be traveling with a photobook which shows life in Maasailand in vivid color, and tells fascinating stories of their struggles and triumphs.
Prior to going to the US in 2009, most of the members of the choir had never seen a traffic light, but their stories of hope in the face of life’s difficulties resonate with people everywhere. As they traveled and shared in 2009, 2011 and again in 2012, audiences were touched and uplifted as they heard testimonies of triumph over AIDS, lack of clean drinking water, disease, and poverty. They were struck by the beauty of Africa and challenged by the depth of its faith. Africa’s story is not without hope. In 2013, bring the Hope of the Maasai Tour to your city and be a part of this exciting story. Allow the strengths of Africa’s songs and storytelling to encourage your city, and become a part of the story by helping the school expand.
Please partner with us on this tour. All we ask is that you:
- provide accommodations and food for 2 days (the day before and the day of each event) for 11 people,
- allow us to sell tour merchandise (photobook, music, etc.),
- take up an offering for the project.
Of course, getting a choir to North America from Africa is not free, and we ask you to also consider a donation towards those transportation costs. If you are able to provide $1,800.00 for a ticket, please do.
To bring the tour to your location please contact Jeremy Feser at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send you full contact information.
As we approach the tour, we will be releasing promotion material for you to use in promoting the event. You can find the promo package here.
Transparency and Accountability
Transparency and Accountability are critical in any charitable enterprise. Our commitment to you is that we will be open and clear about what we are doing. MAPED and Pamoja Ministries, the partners in the En-kata project, are Christian ministries. Our call is to present messages of hope in all areas of life.
MAPED teaches about health and development hand in hand with the Gospel. The people of MAPED have been asked on multiple occasions to represent the government in discussions and presentations relating to HIV/AIDS among the Maasai and are on the cutting edge of rural development.
Pamoja Ministries has been discipling cultures through media with a focus on East Africa since 1992. With books, movies, music and more, we are using the strengths of Africa to tell African stories of hope and truth. When we combine our media experience with the vision of our partners, we multiply their effectiveness and allow them to minister to the world. The En-kata partnership is a clear example of the success we are seeing in enabling African vision to transform lives around the world.
Our pledge to you is that 100% of all money raised will be directly used to support the ministry aims of MAPED and Pamoja in Africa. The current focus of the En-kata partnership is on expanding the primary school in Orbili, Tanzania, and so 60% of the proceeds from the sale of the photobook and donations will be used directly on the construction and operation of the school. All of the members of the tour team (Maasai, Canadian, Australian, Kiwi and American) are volunteers and all have agreed to donate their time and talent to the En-kata project to see the school built. (We reserve the right to assist the Maasai who go on tour as may be required to ensure that their families do not suffer because they are ministering).