Our Projects

Main Projects

Precious Life is dedicated to 4 main projects that will help elevate the living standard of the Maasai people

Maasai Girls Educational Program

It is extremely sad that even in the 21st century, many girls of the Maasai do not have access to education. There are two major obstacles denying these girls a chance for an education.

The number one barrier is poverty:

Being herdsmen, the Maasai people are forced to sell most of their livestock to meet high expenses for their children's education. Many families are not able to raise these educational funds; therefore, many children, especially girls, are not able to enroll instead marries for an exchange of a dowry.

The second obstacle is culture:

Before explaining the cultural role, it is very important for you to understand that Maasai people have a very strong relationship with their children. They truly love their children and their culture must never be determined as an abuse. Unfortunately, some of the cultural practices are no longer important in today's world. Therefore, we must let go of the practices that tend to pull us back.

When a girl marries, she completely becomes a member of her husband’s family and will have very little to do with her biological family. Because of this, a girl’s education is not considered as important as boy's education since the boy never leaves the family. If a family has to choose, it will favor their sons. This is normally a painful decision, but with limited to no resources, sometimes decisions may not be from the heart. Precious Life diligently works to identify neglected girls and those who comes from poverty stricken families and match them with donors who pay for their education.

To learn more about our girl’s sponsorship program, please see the sponsor a girl page.

Medical and Healthcare Assistance: Kenya - Tanzania

Most people in these communities die, not because they were sick, but because they never received help on time. Hospitals and clinics are as distant as 30 miles. Even people that live near the clinic may still not be able to afford the fee needed for treatment. Cows, goats and sheep are central to the Maasai people. These animals are rarely sold or killed for food but instead they will be protected in order to accumulate because these animals are dependent to meet every need of the family. In times of sickness, a family must determine whether or not it is worth it to sell an animal to raise money to be examined at a clinic. This decision often determines a person’s fate. Those with few or no animals will have to wait for a miracle.

Precious Life has saved many lives through our mobile medical clinics. Some of our sponsors are RNs or doctors and have volunteered to go to Maasailand to meet the physical needs of the Maasai people. A medical team is organized from the United States and travels to east Africa Kenya and Tanzania for at least two weeks to freely treat people in different villages. Some medicines are donated and transported from the United States and some are bought in by a pharmaceutical in Nairobi, Kenya. The medical need is so great that people who are too sick to walk to our medical center will lie down on the roadside for hours waiting for our medical jeep so that they may be treated. There is Hope! If you are reading this and you know you can be that 'Hope', please go to our contact page and call us now. We will connect you with our medical advisor.

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Water Project

Water is 'Life' and so is our middle name. During our medical survey, it was revealed that the lack of clean water is the source of many diseases with most people. Children in school do not have access to clean or other forms of water. They have no choice but to stay thirsty for a whole day. Each day, children in rural areas walk for miles to school, sometimes without even having a cup of tea in the morning. Some lunch may be provided for them, but water is inadequate for all children. Women will leave in the morning and walk for hours only to bring home 20litters of water and for the majority who cannot afford a donkey, will have to use their backs. Men are not spared either. They will have to travel great distances very early in the morning to take animals to the river. Sometimes the rivers dry up during drought and they have to travel even further in search of water. This life is difficult and it can bring tears to your eyes if you think about it. During the rainy season, water is collected in small ponds. Human and animals will have to share. The water in these small ponds is not healthy for human consumption and has produced many health issues.

Precious Life with the help of a Rotary club in Idaho has helped to provide clean water for the the Eor-Ekule community in southern Kenya. More than 15 thousand people including several schools now have access to clean water.

Precious Life is seeking more support to help build wells for the members of the tribe who otherwise may never have access to clean water. Clean water will tremendously reduce chances for preventable deceases such as typhoid and Malaria for a healthy community.

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Special Projects

Special projects helps to meet the basic needs of the community.
Maasai Children's Home
Mosquito nets projects
Feminine products

Maasai Children's Home

Precious Life is helping build its first Orphanage in southern part of Kenya, at Melili in Olelusie village. This will be a home for children who have lost their parents and are struggling to remain in school. The home will also be used for after school programs where teachers can help the children with homework, games and other activities. This home will benefit both boys and girls of the tribe because it will be their only hope 'There is Hope.'

We prefer calling this a ‘Children's Home’ because of cultural reasons. The Maasai people believe every child must have a family. When a parent passes away, an immediate family member will automatically assume full responsibility of that child. These practices have greatly protected children of the tribe from flooding to the cities and become street children. There are about 60,000 street children between the ages of 6 and 15 in the city of Nairobi, Kenya, and about 6,000 in Arusha-Tanzania. This number is huge and can be reduced. Precious Life is fighting the growth of these numbers.
With many people now dying from AIDS, wars and Malaria in east Africa, it is no longer likely that these orphans will ever receive sufficient food or education. The number of children left after the death of their parents is becoming overwhelming. The home PLI is constructing will relieve some family members of this huge burden.

Mosquito Nets

Malaria is one of the deadliest diseases and main cause of deaths in Sub-Saharan Africa. The good news about malaria is that it can be preventable. Precious Life is helping thousands of people with free mosquito nets as part of our campaign to fight Malaria in Kenya and Tanzania. During our net distribution events in Baringo west central Kenya, we noticed that people had a different reason as to why they needed mosquito nets badly. It was to cover themselves from snake bites that happens mostly at night. We met three young men in Ologumgum village in Baringo district who survived snake bites at night. They believe the nets will help keep off snakes which crawls to the houses at night in search of cooler temperatures because the area temperature is always high. In the summer of 2008, we distributed hundreds of mosquito nets in Baringo and Narok area in southern Kenya to children, pregnant women and mothers with infants who are mostly vulnerable.

Precious Life is advancing these efforts to Monduli district in Tanzania within the next few months. The funds are normally donated from our sponsors and mosquito nets are purchased from the department of health in Kenya and distributed to the members of the tribe. Contact us today to support these vital efforts.

Feminine Products

Did you know that the average African teenage girl misses up to 3 days of school each month during her menstrual cycle? Girls are afraid of going to school during this time due to a lack of proper sanitary napkins. This has been a big problem with the Maasai girls we support. Our recent discovery of what girls use in the village during their menstrual cycle was shocking. Girls said that they use pieces of clothing found on the roadside or other places and also pieces from old mattresses. Because clothes and mattresses are rare and expensive to tear, they keep these pieces in order to reuse them again and again. They did not know how unhygienic that is. The majority of girls used leaves from trees. Though these methods are very uncomfortable because they are dirty and rough, they have had no choice. Many girls of the tribe have suffered from infections caused by these materials.
Our program is now providing free necessary sanitary napkins to the girls who are now comfortable, confident and can now play in school without fear of embarrassment. For only $2 a month, you can make a girl comfortable by providing these needful material.

Short-term Missions to East Africa Kenya-Tanzania

This is a great opportunity Precious Life has given to sponsors from the United States and other countries wishing to visit Maasailand to see and to support our work in Kenya and Tanzania.
Many sponsors have visited our work through this organized short-term mission within the last few years.
This is a 14-day trip that will give you an opportunity to meet the child you sponsor and serve the Maasai community either by your profession or by helping those traveling with you.
If you are an RN, a Doctor or a Dentist, you may join our annual medical mission.
If you are a carpenter or feel you may help and work with one, we could use your help fixing the broken doors, windows or classroom desks in one of our sponsored schools.
Anything you can do to help will be appreciated – even teaching our children with puppets.
While doing a mission’s trip, you will be given an opportunity to go on a safari to one of the world's greatest natural spectacles destinations in Africa such as the Maasai Mara, Amboseli, Serengeti or the Ngorongoro crater in Tanzania.

Unfortunately, we do not have long-term services volunteer in Africa at this point of time. For some of you who are looking for opportunities to help on a long-term program, we may help to connect you with other non-profits working in Kenya or Tanzania.

Environmental Preservation

Deforestation is the greatest danger facing Africa today. This is no longer a one country's issue but have become a global concern. We are witnessing the suffering and decreasing of Polar Bears in the North as a result of climate change. Unfortunately, millions of people especially in the third-world countries have no basic knowledge of the importance of preserving our natural resources.

Precious Life is helping families of the Maasai plant plenty of trees around their farms and properties as a better way to restore natural resources. Cutting down of trees for charcoal and for land development for farming can be extremely dangerous for the future of our environment.

Each day, we all need fresh air, clean water, wood for construction, fire-wood and the rains for farming and for our animals. Failure to get any of these will jeopardize our way of life. The Maasai people faces a great danger as herdsmen should environment get to be destroyed. Deforestation causes soil erosion, then the grass will not grow on the land without soil, then our cows and goats will have no food and we the Maasai will have no animals needed for a living. Precious is fighting to change our way or ignorance to preserve our nature. Failure to act now to save our environment will be a direct violation of our responsibilities and will only result to more suffering in the future and a possible extinction to some lives especially in the wild.

Girls Christian Teen Camps and seminars

Each year, the Precious Life sponsored girls get an opportunity to attend camp. This is a place where children come together for prayers, meet new friends, and learn many other things that are extremely important for their lives.
Camps give children an opportunity to have so much fun that they otherwise may never be able to get in their villages or schools. We provide varieties of games, sports and other entertainment. We even hire some entertainment groups who use skits to educate or to pass important messages to children.

"There is too much fun in camps, and you know what else we do? We eat a lot! yah! That's right, we enjoy eating. We are kids! What do you think makes us happy the most? Cakes, sodas, cookies, candies…can't get enough of these good stuff."

In most African cultures, parents find it difficult to speak to their children about topics concerning sexuality. Ironically, teen pregnancy and STDs have continued to rob African girls of their education. Camps and seminars greatly help to educate our children concerning these topics. Our camp instructors are of different professional backgrounds making them very effective to our girls.

Girls learn memory verses from the Bible – a word that will encourage them as they return to school and their villages. Some of our sponsors have had an opportunity to visit with our girls in camp.