Oltumo Project has some big dreams, yet as expansive as they are, it all begins at the well. This constant source of fresh water is truly a blessing, and it's actually done!!! It's a necessity and developmental center point for the first stage of Oltumo's development.
Now that Salaash has gone home, it's time for myself to really dig in and get to work on this small space. I'll be encouraging help from all who I see or meet, but this is the tricky first stage where we must be careful with money and that whole issue, so are basically just hoping for participation. I'm confident it'll work out.
This is a general summary of the projects we hope to accomplish by April 2015. All of these small systems are highly beneficial in the initial stages of Oltumo. This stage must be focused on learning as an organization by sharing and practicing different ideas and examples. Both to inspire on a smaller scale, then also to better prepare for larger projects. The benefit of which will be felt both within the local Maasai and for anyone coming in to work with Oltumo.
These first steps are the beginning to the larger vision of a Maasai school and community center. Right now, we need an inviting and demonstrative place where anyone can feel comfortable, while also feeling inspired by the simple yet highly beneficial systems they experience. For women gathering water, this may be the first time they will ever have a hot shower. This simple reality in itself is enough to motivate us to create an oasis for the local Maasai that doubles as a demonstration site for applicable projects they can implement at home.
I cannot update this blog from the Mara, so keep an eye on our Facebook page to see pics as progress happens. Then next update on these projects will be in late January.
Stay tuned, it's gonna be sweet...