For generations and generations the Masai (ma-SI) people of Kenya were a nomadic people who didn't live in any one place. They moved as much as 12 miles a day to find water for their animals. If your family is always on the move, it is hard to go to school. So the Masai children rarely went to school.
That all changed when Church World Service helped some Masai to improve their methods of collecting and storing water. Now with water nearby, their children are able to go to school. One mother said, "The water is helping so much. Now my child can go to school, and I can even wash their school uniform."
Photo: © Annie Griffiths for CWS
In the school pictured at right, four teachers educate almost 250 children. These Masai girls consider themselves especially lucky. Schooling is often denied to girls in many traditional African cultures. CWS works hard to convince parents that schooling is important for all their children - girls and boys.
Children in North America have pitched in to help these schools. They have decorated cloth bags for School Kits. Inside the bags they put pencils, paper, and other supplies needed to help make learning possible. Children helping children - a great idea, don't you agree?