About Ebeneza Maasai Children Center
The mission of the Center:
To provide nutritious meals, with a menu featuring seasonal produce which often comes from local markets and to educate disadvantaged children bright children from the indigenous people from Ngorongoro District to become moral and intellectual leaders in their country.
Ebeneza Maasai Children Center (through its school – Osotwa Primary school) provides a free, high-quality education to 110 students at its own primary school and welfare to 56+young children at the center.
CHILDREN COME FIRST
Two boarding facilities for over 200 children
The pressures of extreme poverty prevent many Tanzanian children from attending school and we know that boarding is a big part of the solution. A range of welfare, educational, and nutritional benefits are achieved by the provision of boarding facilities. Children are provided with their own bed, mosquito net, breakfast and dinner along with the distance running water and consistent light through Solar panels donated to the center. Teachers and other staff supervise our children and provide extra homework sessions and extracurricular activities.
NUTRITIOUS FOOD & HEALTH MEALS
Unfortunately, childhood malnutrition is common in Tanzania especially to indigenous homes, but at Ebeneza Maasai Children Center our team of Tanzanian cooks and kitchen staff work hard to produce nutritious meals, with a menu featuring seasonal produce which often comes from our school gardens and plantation. Dishes include rice or ugali (maize), with beans, lentils, cabbage, okra and other fruit and vegetables.
With over 250 mouths to feed every day at lunch and approximately 250 who eat breakfast and dinner at boarding. The school goes through a mountain of vegetables, fruit, rice and maize. Ebeneza Maasai Children Center sources all its produce from local suppliers with our purchasing team visiting the local markets several times each week to ensure that all food is as fresh as possible.
Student health & welfare
In addition to our healthy meals, our children also receive an annual medical check from Endulen Hospital, checking eyesight, HIV/AIDS, skin, hearing, height and weight and looking for any potential health issues.
Learn how Osotwa Primary School chooses our students
It is an exciting time for children when word goes out over the villages, signs go up at the school campus and flyers are distributed around villages, all broadcasting the same message: ‘students selection at the Ngorongoro villages has begun!’ Families around Ngorongoro conservation are quickly aware that Osotwa School will open its gates to scores of potential students eager to receive the opportunity of a FREE, high quality education.
The Osotwa school mission is to provide quality education to orphans and children living in life difficulties within pastoralists which is achieved by selecting the brightest and poorest of Ngorongoro villages and is reflected in our essential selection criteria. To gain a place at Osotwa School, a child must:
- Be orphans and children living in difficulties life
- Have no chance to access education;
- Be currently living in unprivileged family with very low economic backgrounds;
- Pass the poverty criteria established during house/home visits
- Be recognized by local leaders/ people with goodwill to human life.
Number of children from one family is accepted into the school to enable as many children as possible the chance to benefit from a high quality education that they would not otherwise have access to.
The tasks created for giving children the right to life and access to education process have been designed to cover basic learning concepts, reasoning and social and emotional awareness. The children have to pass through some tests and confirm that they are from a very poor family or disadvantaged situation. We do this by visiting the children home and assessing their living situation to ensure that only the most in need are accepted. The process is coordinated with our dedicated Parents Committee and government officials who are the key to the selection process.
The selected children are expected to attend classes to ensure that they have the right attitude towards learning and the ability to cope with the school curriculum. Osotwa School endeavours to ensure that, wherever possible, all classes start straight away from the selection for children of school age.
Then the real excitement begins! At the end of the process, all new students receive their very own school uniform, ready to start classes in January. The 40 new students receive shirts, trousers, ties, socks, shoes and dresses.
Rev; Jackson Kipuyo
Jackson is the Founder and driving force behind Ebenezer Maasai Children Center and set up the School in 2014.Jackson’s motto's are to fight against ignorance and that education is a right not a privilege.
Mrs. Rev; Pastor Jackson Kipuyo
International Charity Ambassador
Community Relations Representative
Danielle Heard Mollel
Communications and Strategic Development Ambassador