by Dominic Fludger, sponsor
As I witness the hardship Covid-19 is causing the world and the phenomenal impact it is having on our day-to-day lives, I can’t help but think of the Mud House team, children and friends in Tanzania.
In February, I was fortunate to experience my first visit to the hostel in Wasso and spend time in the local community. It was one of the most remarkable experiences of my life. I found myself in awe of the kindness and warmth of the Maasai people and felt truly privileged to witness, first-hand, the wonderful work The Mud House Children Foundation does.
My time in Wasso, Tanzania, also brought home how fragile the way of life is for the Maasai community, how incredibly difficult it will be due to this pandemic.
If unsupported, I think it would be completely impossible for the Maasai to follow any W.H.O advice and socially isolate. Their livelihoods largely rely on farming and livestock. This cannot be sustained if they are to remain in their bomas (homes). Goods and livestock cannot be sold without attending busy, bustling markets.
The minority in other sectors, such as teachers, will only be paid if they are in government issued jobs, which are both highly sought after and few in number. The rest, including the teachers at Bright School, who educate most of our sponsored children, are currently unemployed. The government will not pay their wages or healthcare bills if they get sick.
I know things are tough for us all right now, we are all impacted by this disease in one way or another. But, if you can, any donation you can possibly manage will go a long way in helping the Maasai community to deal with this crisis. They need food, water and cleaning products to be able to remain inside and prevent any spreading of the virus, just like us.
A bag of rice, maize of beans costs £80 and feeds 100 people for 2 weeks. Any donation at all will make a real and direct impact.
Stay safe and thank you for your generosity.