How it all began....
In 2010, Lalahe and a group of American volunteers joined together to help bring education to the Maasai community in Lalahe's village, Naiti, as a result Idimayii school was born. There was no infrastructure, only an acica tree for shelter, a local teacher and over 20 children hungry for education. The project had varied success and ran into a lot of difficulties, that year Lalahe visited Australia to try and raise awareness of the project and seek financial help. When Lalahe returned to Tanzania in March 2011, he selflessly choose to sell his much loved motorcycle, given to him so he could use it as a way of gaining income for Lalahe and his family. He donated the money to support the building of Idimayii school, it was later decided by the community that a pharmacy dispenser was of greater need instead of the school.
In 2011, Lalahe and Claire met on the streets of Arusha, Claire was drawn to the bright colours of the Maasai Shuka's, the raw beauty and the wonders of the Maasai tribe and culture. A connection was made and Claire and Lalahe realised they shared many of the same ideas, Claire was drawn to the idea of assisting Lalahe to establish Idimayii project in the community of Lomiyon.When Claire returned to London, Lalahe immediately invited Claire to return to Tanzania to stay with him and his family, and experience first hand the harhships his tribe face.
In 2012, Claire returned to Tanzania, and was introduced to the community and Lalahe's family. Claire was shocked by the lack of facilites available to the Maasai such as basic healthcare, education, perinatal care, lack of water and FGM practices. With no experience of working with a project, Claire returned again to the UK unsure of how she could help and whether or not she could commit, worried she would disappoint the community and Lalahe. A subsequent trip to Tanzania that year and some local fundraisng for school desks, books, blackboard and teachers salaries confirmed what Claire already knew, she had to help.
In 2013, and two trips to Tanzania, Claire and Lalahe achieved Non Governmental Organisation status, built much needed toilets at the school, raised awarenesss of the project through the volunteers and bought every child a school uniform. We are looking foward to 2014 and hope it will be a successful year for the school and community of Lomiyon.
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