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Laying bricks with the Maasai Women’s Installation Team, by Philip Lange.
Teresia Turns on the Light, by Morgana Wingard for USAID.
Uhuru Torch honors Maasai Stoves & Solar
On August 10, 2012, in Eslilalei in Monduli District, Tanzania, 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”. A national symbol of Tanzania, the torch signifies truth, light, and independence. First lit in 1961 at the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, 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, four 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 Project Manager-in-Chief Kisioki Moitiko.
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.