Build a dormitory for 50 Maasai Girls in Tanzania

Matonyok Children’s Home – Arusha, Tanzania
(Orphanage & Day School)
(Matonyok in Swahili means “make the effort")

Matonyok was founded by a Maasai named Emmy Sitayo. In the early 1970s, she was the only girl in her village to receive an education. She went on to become a nurse and worked with children with special needs. As a result of her work and seeing children being ‘left behind/abandoned’ due to their disabilities she started ‘bring them home’ – where she had a husband and young children of her own. Emmy then went on to set up an orphanage and day school for local children.

To ensure disabled orphans, street children and children from difficult circumstances enjoy a full and decent life. We believe every child should be given the opportunity to achieve a greater degree of self - reliance and social integration in a dignified manner.

Edel’s Story
I visited the orphanage in September 2018 and was so touched and full of admiration for Emmy & Ndemno (husband) and the work they do, I decided to raise funds on their behalf. Their dream is to build a dormitory for 50 Maasai girls to provide them with an education (the Maasai life can be extremely tough, with no opportunity to receive an education).

I visited again in April 2019 and with cash donations, from a birthday fundraiser, I organised a new roof (ceilings destroyed from leakages), new concrete floors (originals made of clay that were full of cracks, and I was told snakes/scorpions can come up through them), new ceilings in main sitting room and girls bedroom. Both areas were also painted and electrics upgraded. There is still lots of work to be done to make life a little more comfortable for the children - I have already booked my next visit on 2 November.

I would like to raise funds for the following projects:

- Upgrade of the boy’s bedroom including concrete floor, painting and decorating
- Installing two indoor toilets in the main building (so the girls don’t have to go outside at night-time)
- Upgrade the Volunteer House – this ‘stand alone’ building has two bedrooms with shower/toilet facilities – these need upgrading, painting and decorating
- Provide dining tables and chairs – the children currently eat off their laps
- Provide some recreational materials for the children to play with outside – they currently only have an old two seater swing, one of which was broken (April 2019). My first ‘job’ was to replace this seat with an old tyre and rope!
- Provide educational equipment for the 2 classrooms on site.
- Provide desks and chairs for classrooms.
- Organise someone local to assist in the running of their website and Facebook pages to ensure maximum coverage for the charity.
- Assist is the production of information leaflets
- Provide some tables and chairs for outside leisure activities
- Have some shelves and storage built in bedrooms and kitchen area
- The building of a dormitory for 50 Maasai girls to provide them with a ‘home from home’ while attending school onsite. (The Maasai live away from main villages and towns and travelling to/from school on a daily basis is not an option)
- Build a perimeter wall (concrete) around the orphanage/school for security purposes

Other forms of sponsorship could include:     US $
1. Pencils for a class (x50)                                       10.00
2. Exercise Books for a class (x50)                     20.00
3. Uniform for a school child each                     25.00
4. Desk for a primary school child each         30.00
5. Desk for secondary school child each       50.00
6. Food for a school for a term (200)            200.00
7. Build a classroom                                        10,000.00
8. Build a dormitory for 50 pupils          30,000.00

Boarding Primary School           1,000.00
Boarding Secondary School     1,000.00
Primary Day School                          500.00
Secondary Day School                    500.00

All monies raised goes directly to the Orphanage & Day School. I personally cover the costs of my flights, accommodation and daily expenses while visiting Tanzania  - Edel

Thank you to all sponsors

'Education is the most powerful tool you can use to change the world’
(Nelson Mandela)


  • Kate Smolen 
    • €30 
    • 5 mos
  • Gary Mc Ginty 
    • €50 
    • 6 mos
  • Geraldine Ormsby 
    • €50 
    • 7 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • €20 
    • 8 mos
  • Pauline mulpeter 
    • €10 
    • 10 mos
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