When was the last time you were so hungry you couldn’t think straight? For the average child in the southern Rift Valley of Kenya, it’s a daily experience. The limited resources of these arid areas mean food and water are already scarce. And, the pastoralist lifestyle of the Maasai communities that live here means that other resources like school and health care are sometimes miles away. Children burn what calories they consume walking to school, then struggle to make it through the day, leading to poor attendance, poor health and ultimately, missed opportunities.
MANDO (Matonyok Nomads Development Organization) is a not-for-profit organization founded in Kenya in 2007 to improve the lives of the marginalized residents of the region through economic empowerment education, water and sanitation, advocacy, and the training of a new generation of entrepreneurial, ethical leaders. The organization is committed to ensuring the pastoralist Maasai communities have access to high quality education, clean water and primary health care to successfully achieve their goals and potential.
Dream for the Future provides educational opportunities to underprivileged children and youth in developing countries. Partnering with local communities to enhance the learning experience for children in rural Africa, Dream for the Future’s goals and mission align perfectly with MANDO’s. DFTF is therefore proud to partner with MANDO on current projects to expand the opportunities available to the children of the Maasai and the communities as a whole.