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Robert V. Lange

Tomorrow I head back to the U.S. after a challenging yet highly productive time here in Tanzania.

We are in the process of installing a large-scale water system that initiates separate water access for people and livestock. Please check out the details below.

And we recently initiated major construction for our cow food factory and look forward to sharing that progress report with you soon.

It's time to celebrate! Supported by your generosity, the work of the ICSEE received special recognition this week. We couldn't do it without you-thank you.
With appreciation from all of us,


February 2019
Self-sustaining cattle operations
There’s nothing like seeing the birth of a new calf! With four new arrivals and six pregnant cows, we’re grateful to see that our breeding herd of 25 female and 3 male Boran/Sahiwal cattle is prolific.
Our other cattle operation is a dairy farm, which is already self-sustaining. For that herd, we continue to keep the new dairy females while selling off all the males.

 For the breeding herd, we plan to keep the female Boran/Sahiwal calves and maybe a couple of males. When the males are weaned, Maasai herders will purchase them. They will make good breeding bulls, bringing some of the Boran/Sawihal strengths into the Maasai cattle herds. We anticipate 20 new calves by next year.

When necessary, we purchase food to supplement the breeding herd diet. This depends on the grass out in the open grazing lands. We want to share good food management experiences with our fellow herders, as we all face fluctuations in natural wild food availability and quality.

This breeding herd is becoming self-sustaining and profitable very quickly because calves have a high worth and labor and veterinary costs are low. What it brings into the Maasai financial framework is very valuable.
Water news
Improving water sanitation is an essential preventative health measure
We recently met with the governing council of Lepurko Village to discuss local water sanitation. Their head of village water management told us that the highest priority was sanitizing water from the small lake near their school and clinic.

They would be happy to limit the water to the people’s use only, and livestock can be watered elsewhere.

At this time the lake is dry, but has excellent drainage from Lepurko mountain. It should fill up in a week or two when the expected rains come.

The District Commissioner is very enthusiastic about our water work. He agreed that the lake would be an excellent choice for our first sanitation installation, that also focuses on keeping livestock out.

We measured the lake and are in the process of installing 500 meters of fencing. We produced 200 steel poles and prepared them for installation into good cement foundations—a substantial task.

We are bringing our dairy farm tractor to the fencing site to help us move water, sand, gravel, and cement through this large area.

The Lepurko installation promises to become a showpiece for water management in this difficult environment.
View a video of the ICSEE recognition celebration from 0:55to 2:55 (in Swahili)
Celebrating the accomplishments of widows and their new work with goats
A great celebration recognizing the work of the ICSEE took place this week. It focused especially on ICSEE's work with women, and all the benefits achieved in this famously male-dominated society.

Groups attending included the Monduli Pastoralist Women's Organization and the three widow's groups, organized in collaboration with the Global Fund for Widows. Project staff joined in, including stove factory workers, and women and men from throughout Project village locations.
The District Commissioner and the local Member of Parliament addressed the crowd.

They expressed appreciation for the means ICSEE provides for the people to gain power ; to experience freedom to work in new ways; and the chance to increase income.

Singing, dancing, and speeches by Kisioki, Mesha, and the women leaders and Village Chairmen rounded out the event.

A disk jockey played popular favorites for dancing, and there was party food for all.
An event like this, in the words of Kisioki, makes us a family--including you!
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