Week 1 blog , William Keloi

 

Hi all , thank you for following our blog on the Maasai community in Maparasha. Our idea is to help you all to get to know the individuals better , get regular updates on what is happening in the community & also give you an insight into what was involved for us as a family being involved in such an amazing documentary.

We would like to thank everyone for the amazing messages , cards, letters & also donations to the go-fund me page which will help the community directly. We also got a fantastic message last night regarding a charity concert on June 1st & they have chosen Our Maasai Family as there over seas charity for 2018 & are kindly donating half the funds to our go fund me page, truly humbled by such a generous offer.

This week we want to help you get to know William better as there was a lot of questions after the documentary about him.

WILLIAM SANING’O KELOI

William is 19 years old & a son of the Maasai Chief Keloi Ole Kikwa in Maparasha. He has 14 brothers & 4 sisters. My close friend Moipei whom I really connected with in the community is his Aunt.

Williams main role in the Boma is to help graze the cattle on a daily basis as they need guarding from predators at all times. He is also responsible for guarding the community property at all times & fills the role of chief in his fathers absence.

His education includes primary & secondary school with certificates for both which he is very proud of & he has excellent English. He hopes to go to university in Nairobi to study a Bachelors of Education Arts Degree. As a stepping stone towards this we have decided to send him on a computer course in the Kajiado Technica Training Institute which lasts for 8 weeks. It’s our little way of saying thank you to William for being so helpful & kind to me when I stayed in Maparasha.

He hopes one day to be a politician  & also dreams that his community has enough trust in him to one day make him chief which would be a huge honour.

From the moment I arrived in Maparasha it was a pleasure to meet William. He gave me a great insight into life at the community & we had many amazing conversations. Indeed the conversation I had with him on The Hardest Harvest about the future of the community, how the herd had been decimated over the last few years was extremely heart breaking. He was also my direct link to the chief. He accompanied me on the trek to Bisil market & also acted as my interpreter at the market while I was selling the calf. This also gave me an extra little bit of security at Bisil market as what you must understand is that I was the first woman to ever sell an animal at the market so that was fairly daunting as the environment there was a little hostile .

 

Hopefully this has given you a little better insight into William , feel free to ask any questions via our twitter or facebook links. Lastly our thoughts & prayers go out to the community in Kenyas Rift Valley which was wiped out this week after a dam burst engulfing the entire area in silt & flooding.

 

From Drought to Flooding –

I was sent this video from Kenya 2 weeks ago. This bridge is 30 mtr high. Since early March there has been constant serious flooding out there.

My extended Kenyan family have now lost some cows & goats due to flooding. It really is so sad to see the harsh reality which they have to deal with. #HardestHarvest


This video really highlights the impact of climate change. While rain brings new life, the extreme floods bring so many new challenges such as disease.

The United Nations has warned of disease outbreaks following devastating flooding in Kenya.