May Newsletter

What happens when a child does not have a sponsor?

That’s a great question.  The right to an education does not comes as easily in Kenya as it does in the United States.  Families are required to pay tuition for their children to attend school.  Without an education, students are destined to a life of early marriage for a girl or herding for a boy.  They will always live in poverty and live a life destitute.  Nosim Maasai Mission currently supports the sponsorship of 36 students, unfortunately there are 47 students on our waiting list who are waiting for someone to sponsor them.  When a student does not have a sponsor they simply do not go to school. Regardless of their age or ability.  Further in this email you will read about three boys who are currently on our waiting list.  All three are currently in their last year of high school and despite their hard work and exceptional grades, they are waiting at home.  Without a sponsor they will have no option but to abandon their dreams and seek work as herders.

Meet Isaac

Isaac is in his final year of high school and is currently without a sponsor.  All of his hard work of trying to rise above the circumstances he was born into are for naught as he waits for someone to help him pay his school fees.  He wrote to his last sponsor and told of his dreams of prosperity in the future, read what he had to say below: “First and foremost is thanks to our heavenly father for his protection.  My name is Isaac.  I am in form three (11th grade) so I will be finishing my form 4 (12th grade) God willing in 2016.  Let me take this chance to thank you for your support, may God bless you .  In my future, I want to be an engineer and God will answer my prayer.  I promise you that I will work hard to fulfill my promise, help me God.  During my college time I want to study engineering as my career and get a job to enable me to earn my living here in Kenya and I know God will do wonders towards my life and I wish you a good life and healthy thank you for your support.  Have a good stay with your family and may God bless you all. Yours faithfully, Isaac”

Meet Jackson

Jackson is a 16 year old boy in need of a sponsor.  Jackson is in his last year of high school and because he has no sponsor is waiting at home until someone is able to help him pay his school fees.  He recently wrote to Nosim.  Read what he had to say below: “I am grateful to the Lord to attend this level and take my National Exams for high school .  My high marks will enable me to complete high school and with faith and God, reach my target to become a doctor.  I wish to a be a doctor because in my short life, I have witnesses much disease and illness in my community of Ole Ki Munke.  Also, as a doctor I can help my parents, my relatives and my community. In faith, I know that the Lord will open every door.  I would like a donor who will pray for me and my future.  I am very sure that there is someone in American who will support my education. It is because of Mama Nosim that I have come this far.  May the Almighty Father bless the work of her hands.  I am sure that I will not let my donor down.  I will work harder and harder to attain my highest level.  In 1 Samuel 2 it says, God will raise you from nothing to something.  So I pray he will raise me to be a leader. Thanks you, From your beloved friend Jackson”

Meet Joseph

Joseph is an outstanding young man in his senior year of high school who caught our attention when he wrote the following letter to Nosim.  I can only hope that you are as moved by his words as we were. “Hello!  I consider this a golden opportunity and the fantastic chance that the Almighty Father has given me.  First and foremost to thank Him for the gift of life that He has provided unto us.  Receive my warm and polite greeting from my family.  I hope that you are kicking well. I take this chance to say and surrender all my thanks to you for your provisions to me.  Actually, it is a very great and heavy load which would have made my parents to process migraine and even leading to my dropping out of secondary education. May the heavenly Father bless you totally and add more for you since He is the great provider of everything. I am also doing well in my studies since I am focused to reach my destination and to fulfill my desires.  Little did  I know that  a life spent making mistakes is more useful than a life spent doing nothing.  No one can predict to what heights you can sore, even I will not know until I spread my wings. With these few remarks I conclude, by wishing you years of peace and prosperity and above all, blessings from God. Yours Sincerely, Joseph”

If you would like to learn more about the Nosim Maasai Mission or how you can help the needs of the children of Kenya, please visit our website http://www.nosimmaasaimission.org
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Did you know that we are saving lives?

AIC Girls 12-15From left is Agness s,Felister K,Leah M,Jennifer S,Esther N,PAULINE S,Jenifer KEveryday.  Everyday the Nosim Maasai Mission is saving the lives of young Maasai girls.  The Maasai tribe participates in ceremonial female genital mutilation.  These ceremonies can lead to a young girl bleeding to death, being exposed to HIV/AIDS, tetanus and so much more.  If the ceremony is successful, then that girl is forced into early marriage to a man, usually in his sixties with many older wives.  She then becomes indentured to her husband and his wives, caring for the many children and livestock.  The Nosim Maasai Mission rescues these young girls, protects them from harm and enters them into school.  With an education these girls, who could have had a life of slavery, are given the opportunity to live their dreams.  The Nosim Maasai Mission currently has three girls who were previously rescued that are in danger of being returned to their homes.  There, they will undoubtedly be circumcised and forced into marriage.  Help save the life of one of these girls today by giving to the Nosim Maasai Mission.  

Read more about Maasai’s ceremonies below:

 In the Maasai culture a boy only become a man once he has been circumcised, and a young girl many only get married once she has been circumcised.  Many Maasai families cannot afford to give their children formal school, so to protect their daughters from lives of poverty they choose to marry them off at a young age.  Because Maasai girls are traditionally considered children until they are circumcised, it is seen imperative for a Maasai girl to undergo the circumcision rite before she is married.  This strongly ingrained cultural belief propels families to go to great lengths to complete the circumcision.

The type of circumcision that the Maasai perform is called a clitoridectomy, in which the entire clitoris or part of the clitoris, and at times the adjacent labia is removed.  The primary reason female circumcision is practiced among the Maasai is that it is considered a rite of passage.  Circumcision is a cultural practice in the Maasai community, not a religious practice, it elevates a girl from childhood to the status of adulthood, and is necessary for a girl to be considered a complete woman.  Another important belief among the Maasai is that the rite has an ability to reduce the woman’s desire for sex, making her less likely to engage in pre-marital sex or adultery. 

To prepare for the ceremony the girls are washed by the elder woman relations, they are then taken to their mother’s house where they will be circumcised by a female Witch doctor (Engakitoy).  During the circumcision the senior warrior (Moran) will appoint two warriors who will watch the girl being circumcised, the other warriors dance behind the two warriors watching.  Once she has been circumcised the two warriors will enter the house and hand the girl their spears, handing the girls their spears is a sign that all is over and she must now get up.  The two warriors then leave the house and join the dancing warriors outside where they continue dancing.  The girl then comes out with the two spears and hands them back to the warriors, she then returns to the house to rest but the celebration continues all night.  Excessive bleeding can occur during the practice and can lead to death.  Today, because the procedure often has to take place in hiding, female circumcision is mostly performed using shared and unsterilized objects, which can lead to HIV/AIDS and tetanus and damaged organs including the vaginal walls.  Inflammation of the cells around the circumcision area also occurs shortly after the operation.  The long term effects of FGM (female genital mutilation) include infections of the reproductive parts, pain during sexual intercourse, and difficulties in childbirth.  The girl must wear black during the recovery period, during this time they are called (Askolio).  Once they are fully recovered they can get married. 

 

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Welcome to the Plantation

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Often times the needs of the Maasai people reaches beyond that of educating students, and the Nosim Maasai Mission is called to help. Recently, the mother of one of our sponsored students reached out to us for help.  Jackline, the mother of Kelvin, needed to relocate and was forced to leave her job and home behind.  Jackline found herself in a rural area where there was no work to be found.  Being an innovative young woman, she decided to use the land around her to help her family and her community.  Jackline came to Nosim Maasai Mission in need of seed money, literally.  The mission gave Jackline enough money to buy seeds and start her very own plantation.  The picture above is from Jackline’s plantation, where she grows; corn, beans, tomatoes and coffee.  Jackline plans to use her harvest to feed her family and the families around her by trading her food for other provisions.  Jackline hopes to expand her plantation and her farming efforts to help more people, you can help support the plantation by making a donation on our website http://www.nosimmaasaimission.org

 

Jackline recently wrote to the Mission to give her thanks, read what she had to say below:

 

Muga mami ‘Hallo mum’.

 This is kimeru greetings.

 Well, may I wish you good health in Jesus name.  We too are doing fine and am glad that Kelvin was admitted in school.  I am now a bit relieved and I thank God for all your efforts mum because were it not for your efforts I could not have managed and nobody knows the future of this boy. Who knows who he becomes and what role he is going to play even in the community after helping him gain his education. Only God knows what is what. Mum, let’s pray for these children and all children to grow well and knowing God. Nothing else can we can do but to pray for them.  I always pray for you mum and your father Don and your entire family. You have transformed my entire life and those of many. Who can do or act your role that God chose you to do? Nobody.  Each one of us is talented differently.  Thank you again that you are the only parents I am left with. At least I can have somebody to call a mother and someone so reliable who can hear my cry across world and answer. This is God’s miracle.  I end up here wishing you and your entire family good health and long live Mama, Papa and Watoto.

 Mbarikiwe sana.

 ‘Ibwega mono’ Thank you so much!

 Blessings,

 Daughter.

Jackline.

 

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New Year’s Resolutions

As 2015 has finally come to a close, the time has come for Nosim Maasai Mission to begin preparations for 2016.  As the year begins, it is our practice to evaluate the previous year and look ahead to see how God will bless us.  While many people are creating New Year’s Resolutions, often filled with the promise to be healthier, spend more time with family, give up the bad habits we reveled in in the past year, the Nosim Mission is creating resolutions as well.

  • We hope to find sponsors for the 25 children waiting to attend school
  • We hope to tell more people about the inequalities amongst the Maasai people.
  • And as always we hope to spread the word of God to people all over the world.

     The beginning of the New Year is when it is important for us to reevaluate our Mission and determine if we are being diligent at reaching our goal. Our mission which is to promote and preserve the colorful culture of the Maasai people, by creating an opportunity for education for all, while embracing the Christian philosophy can simply be designed as “Each One, Reach One, To Teach One”.

     Our co-founders, Nancy Manor and Oltetia Munke worked to establish this Mission.  Are we all doing our part to reach that goal?  Acts 20:35 states that “In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is said more blessed to give than to receive.'”   For the Maasai people with their culture steeped in traditions they are in need of our help now.  They rely heavily on pastoral practices, with their now limited farm land, the children of the Maasai need hope for a brighter future than can go beyond what dry earth can provide.  Through educating the youth of the Maasai, we can give this culture the hope of a brighter tomorrow.

 

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Joesph Makere Writes to Nosim

STUDENT;  Joseph Makere

SCHOOL:  Nakeel Secondary school

 

Hello!  I consider this a golden opportunity and the fantastic chance that

 the Almighty Father has given me.  First and foremost to thank Him for the gift of life that He has provided unto us.  Receive my warm and polite

greetings from my family.   I hope that you are all kicking well.

 

I take this chance to say and surrender all my thanks to you for your

provisions to me.  Actually, it is a very great and heavy load which

would have made my parents to process migraine and even leading

to my dropping out of secondary education.

 

May the heavenly Father bless you totally and add more for you since He

is the great provider of everything.

 

I am also doing well in my studies since I am focused to reach my destination

and to fulfill my desires.  Little did I know that a life spent doing mistakes

is more useful than a life spent doing nothing.  No one can predict to      

what heights you can soar, even I will not know until I spread my wings.

 

With these few remarks I conclude, by wishing you years of peace and

prosperity and above all, blessings from God.

 

Yours sincerely,

Joseph Makere

Rewritten for clarity, November 24, 2015Joseph Makere

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BOOKS we have the classroom and the desks now all we need is the books

Thanksgiving 2015???????????????????????????????

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Support our Rescue Center over the Holidays

During the Holidays many of the students who do not have sponsors are unable to return home.  These children currently reside at our rescue center where they receive hot meals, a safe place to play and learn, as well as a bed to sleep in.  The cost of offering these children a refuge over the holidays comes as an expense to the Nosim Maasai Mission.  Please consider giving to this worthwhile cause today.

Sacks of Maize……………………………………..$60

Sacks of Beans ………………….…………………$60

Grains………………………………………..……….$60

Rice…………………………………………….…….$100

Sugar…………………………….…….……………..$96

Tea Leaves………………..………………..……….$20

Oil………………………………………………………$57

Wheat Flour……..………………………………..$108

Soap………..……………………………………..……$20

Cabbage……………………………………………..$100

Onions……..………………………………………….$30

Tomatoes…………………………………………….$30

Charcoal……………………………………………….$60

Fruits………………………………………………….$100

Bread…….…………………………………………….$120

Milk………………………………………………….…$100

Vegetables…………………………………………….$80

Meat…………………………………………………….$150

Potatoes…………………………………………….….$75

Porridge Flour…………..……………………….…$100

Total …………………………………………………….$1526

Donations can be made at www.nosimmaasaimission.org or by emailing nancynosim@gmail.com or calling (618)520-1875

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