That's the meaning of twende, in Swahili. With this premiere issue of our newsletter, we share our history, our news, and the many opportunities to participate.
These are very exciting times, and we owe our success to you and supporters in many countries. In that spirit, I'm proud to announce that the Maasai Stoves & Solar Project just received a national honor -
the Uhuru Torch award
And read below about Kisioki Moitiko - instrumental in the receipt of this award and one of the key people who makes our work possible.
Thank you for your interest in helping to improve the quality of life, health, education, conservation, and well-being in the developing world.
|Bob Lange carrying wood|
Robert V. Lange, President
Maasai Stoves & Solar project of the ICSEE
Uhuru Torch honors Maasai Stoves & Solar
On August 10 in Eslilalei in Monduli District, the Uhuru torch stopped to "celebrate the Maasai Stoves & Solar Project and the kinds of action that enhance economic development, conservation, and freedom from hardship for the people".
|Maasai Stoves & Solar receives Uhuru Torch|
A national symbol of Tanzania, the torch signifies truth, light, and independence. First lit in 1961 at the top of Mr. Kilamanjaro, the torch travels cross-country, stopping to honor the awardees.
Greeted by our staff, groups arrived throughout the morning, viewed the improved homes, and heard our installers talk about how this work improved their lives. It then rained heavily for five minutes, so very welcome in this dry climate, and everyone said it was truly a blessed day.
The torch arrived at 3 p.m. with an entourage of 32 vehicles. District Commissioner Kasunga visited a home with the Maasai Stoves & Solar stove installed. He invited Village Leader Mzee Meshuko Olemapi to officially launch the project in Esilalei, congratulating him for setting an example for ending smoke-related diseases. Olemapi has 32 wives and has already purchased 10 stoves.
Olemapi provided a large cow, 4 goats, and six crates of soda for the celebration, attended by 100 of our customers and staff who received recognition for their achievements. "Congratulations continue to pour in", says Kisioki
Thank you to the Monduli District Government for nominating us for this meaningful award. We are honored to receive it, and will continue to work passionately for the health and well-being of local communities and pastoral people everywhere.
Meet Maasai Stoves & Solar Project Manager
|Kisioki and his father|
Using his mastery of the Maasai language, English, and Swahili to connect with people from all walks of Tanzanian life, Kisioki has provided excellent project oversight since the beginning.
Originally from Selela in the Monduli district, he is one of his father's 78 children and is currently helping his mother build a new house. Kisioki now makes his home at the Project Headquarters and Factory in Monduli town.
Thank you, Kisioki, for all your dedication and efforts.
|Did you know?|
Some Americans may think of the Maasai diet as strictly blood and milk. In fact, the Maasai eat a variety of foods.
And they cook their food on stoves inside their dwellings.
One popular dish is Ugali, which is made from cornmeal. Another is a bean and corn stew. A fancier meal might have rice, goat meat, or beef.
More than 425 households now have the new Maasai Stoves & Solar stoves. They are using them successfully, reducing the indoor air pollution by ninety percent. We are so happy to see their newly smoke-free homes and improved health and well-being
MSS project initiation
2010-2011 Collaborated with Maasai women to perfect stove design in the field. The stoves are built locally in the factory.
Installed stoves in three Maasai villages. Each village has two full-time staff and a team of 15 women installing the stoves.
Expanded operations into the village of Nanja. We anticipate the project expanding into four new villages in fall of 2012
Welcome to the Maasai Stoves & Solar Project of the ICSEE (International Collaborative for Science, Education, and the Environment).
We are a 501c3 non-profit organization based in America and Tanzania.
We are dedicated to improved quality of life, health, and well-being for the developing world, and to a healthier environment for all.
We invite you to connect. For more information contact:
Maasai Stoves & Solar
81 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA 02138