Maasai Academy is located in a remote region of Kenyan Maasailand. The community initially set up the school in a disused church, to provide a better education for their children. There are now 222 children and 11 members of staff at the school.
Drip irrigation and water transportation systems are providing water for the school and community, even in drought season. A food forest is providing 10,350 meals each month and composting toilets are improving sanitation. Last year, the first 22 students graduated from Maasai Academy and the school is now top of the five schools in the local area, with chiefs and leaders now keen to have their own children educated locally. The next priorities at Maasai Academy are to construct a nursery classroom and library.
"We believe the Maasai Academy is making a big impact in the Community. Firstly, it’s created hope that their children will receive a better education ... Secondly, all the other schools are now trying to compete and is trying to “up” their standards - Maasai Academy is setting the bar. We are also modelling an environment where children are cared for physically (feeding program), educationally (quality education) and spiritually." Hennie, founder of Red Tribe