Our five-year plan (2018 - 2022) focuses on working in close partnership with the Kitengela Maasai community to identify community needs and develop economic solutions that will prevent the sale of land and its catastrophic consequences to the community and the surrounding wildlife. Our aim is to reach mainly adults ages 16 to 65, who lack the funds and opportunities to participate in higher education.
Using a combination of Indigenous and Western knowledge, experiential teaching and discovery merged with 21st century business practices, we intend to create a unique African learning center based on our two campuses in Kitengela.
Our program will develop sustainable, income-producing activities based on a holistic core curriculum that will provide the marketable skills and products needed not just to survive in the 21st century, but also to thrive economically.
Our first principle is to ensure that we work from within the Maasai community, not as outsiders looking in. To this end, we have adopted several strategies originally devised and applied globally by our two world-renowned advisors, Merle Lefkoff and Dr. Naresh Singh, and other thinkers and practitioners in the world of developing sustainable livelihoods.
The key themes and best practices that we follow are:
a) ASSETS: Identifying and mapping all the assets of the community. These range from knowing how to slaughter a cow to being able to walk 50 miles in a day. Often, such assets are taken for granted and not seen as valuable, income-producing tools.
b) DEVELOPMENTAL EVALUATIION: We use a system of ongoing data gathering and documentation, analysis, evaluation and adaptation led by the community itself in a planned rather than a random manner.
c) LEGAL EMPOWERMENT: We will ensure that this community is well versed in their legal and human rights as ratified by Kenya's constitution, so that they are informed, included and empowered to know, demand and practice their rights.
We are working with Assistant Chief Nickson Parmisa to identify community members of all ages and genders who will form our community team with these three principles in mind. Their roles are:
...to ensure that everyone in the community understands Acacia Moyo's principles and goals
...to coordinate documentation, data gathering, evaluation and analysis
...to lead community forums and decisions on desired positive social change, income- producing activities, shared community wealth and other aspects of developing sustainable livelihoods
...to monitor the impact of Acacia Moyo programs
...to enroll as many individuals as possible in our courses, particularly for our first learning project, the community vegetable garden
...to ascertain that we and our staff have truly heard the community and are adapting our programs as we go along according to the community's stated needs and the results of their ongoing evaluations
HOW WE WORK