Building a class for the Maasai

£1,280 of £2,500 goal

Raised by 41 people in 36 months
I am running my first half marathon with Lalahe Mollel the co founder of  & Claire Gordon-Ellis (past volunteer & fundraiser for Idimayii Project 2014) on 15th March (North London Vitality Half Marathon), followed by my first marathon on April 26th (London Marathon).  Together, we are raising funds to build a second class for the Maasai community of Lomiyon and we need YOUR help.

The Maasai community are a semi - pastoralist group in Northern Tanzania who have experienced social economic marginalization due to historical land grabbing and the ongoing threats of climate change throughout the region.

The past 25 years have seen a growing demand for education in Maasai regions.  Unfortunatley, villages such as Lomiyon do not have access to basic educational services, making it difficult for communiteies to voice their concerns or influence change in Tanzania.

With a very small amount of resources and through the direct participation of community memebrs, young and ambitious Maasai have opened schools, at times starting under a tree, to teach children basic studies.  This is the tradtion that the Idimayii School was born into.  A small village based edcational initiative working for educational relief in the Lomiyon village of Lake Manyara.

Idimayii School is built on the concept of community participation and control and seeks to develop a hybrid form of education that relies on both Western and indigenous teaching methods.

Last year we built our first class for our pre-primary children and over 60 children between the ages of 3-7 attend classes with full community participation.

With your help we would like to build a second classroom and bring Primary school education to the Maasai community of Lomiyon.

Asante sana / Ashe Naleng' / Thank you very much

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Good news! Yesterday we completed the London Virgin Marathon and we are overjoyed to have completed and received a medal. Thanks to everyone who came out to cheers us on, we could not have done it without your support! And a BIG thank you to everyone who donated. If you would like to donate we will be accepting donations until the end of May.

Asante sana / Ashe Naleng' / Thank you very much
Feeling good at mile 12
Feeling proud
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Only 10 days to go before we set out to run our very first marathon. Please support us, we are raising money to build a much needed second class for Idimayii and we need your help.
Our running tee-shirts are ready :)
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In Africa, we have a saying "if you want to go fast, go it alone. If yo want to go far, go together"

A BIG thank you to Daniel, Anthony, Simona, Dawn, Ellie, Ria, George and Cathy for helping us to get closer to reaching our fundraising target.
Pamoja (swahili for together)
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Great news! Claire & Lalahe completed the Vitality North London Half Marathon last Sunday! Unfortunately, Claire Gordon-Ellis had to pull out last minute due to a calf strain, thankfully she is recovering well & will be fit in time for the London Marathon.

If you haven't already supported us please help us reach our fundraising target goal, and help us support the Maasai community of Lomiyon. We believe education equals a door to respect, to hope and to change. We want to tackle this problem, one classroom, one child at a time, by providing free quality education in the heart of Maasailand, empowering the youth and ending the cycle of poverty.
Lalahe's finish line
Claire @ the finish line
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£1,280 of £2,500 goal

Raised by 41 people in 36 months
Created March 7, 2015
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Claire Gray
25 months ago

A very worthy cause!

Jason Shill
34 months ago

Well done the Claire !! great achievemnet

paul talbot
34 months ago

don't worry about the prezzy. I have lots of bits from Moshi xxxx

35 months ago
Sean Duff
35 months ago

well done Claire, fantastic achievement to complete the Marathon.

Col Te Aho
35 months ago

Both did great

Jacqueline Osborne
35 months ago

Fantastic Claire, well done on a super time!

kate wheeler
35 months ago

Well Done! xxx

sherlyne howell
35 months ago

Its rewarding to give and expect nothing in return.

Joan Jenner
35 months ago

fantastic, well done. Joan x

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