We provide a safe environment for Kitengela Maasai students ages 16 through 65 to fully participate in our courses free of charge and take part in the direction of their own lives.
All programs emphasize partnership, cooperation and social interaction.
Our Learning program is based on a structured system of OBLIGATION to RECEIVE the education and OBLIGATION to DISSEMINATE the new knowledge within one’s own community and further afield.
4. HEALING ARTS
For the Kitengela Maasai, the nearest health clinic is several miles away with no public transport to take people there. Young mothers and their infants are often at risk. Acute respiratory illness, malaria and dehydration caused by severe diarrhea are major causes of childhood mortality in the community.
The Kitengela campus will provide introductory skills training for each student in basic medicine, essential emergency services skills, and core diagnostics. This program will integrate traditional medicinal knowledge of local flora and fauna.
Acacia Moyo believes all people should have the opportunity to be physically fit. Programs will be offered in Yoga, Martial Arts, Body Movement and Strength Training using traditional and nontraditional methods.
Traditionally, the Maasai have lived on milk, meat and blood from their cattle. They have never grown food. Nickson Parmisa – who has never farmed before - is the first in his community to make the radical change towards a self-grown nutritious diet that includes vegetables such as tomatoes, potatoes, sukuma wiki (a kind of spinach), carrots, maize, cowpeas, sweet potatoes, and pumpkins, all supplied from his own vegetable farm which utilizes a solar-powered deep-water pump.
Our first project, our community vegetable garden, is the center of our initial core curriculum and will become a showcase for traditional and new farming techniques. We will host gardening/farming demonstrations, workshops and courses to serve as a learning arena for ecologically sound, sustainable and affordable farming practices.
2. CORE TRAINING
Our core training consists of the following themes:
LEADERSHIP EDUCATION/HUMAN RIGHTS
FARM BASICS/ANIMAL HUSBANDRY
MECHANICAL ARTS ESSENTIALS
HEALTH and NUTRITION ESSENTIALS
MEDIA ARTS ESSENTIALS
The leadership program emphasizes tolerance, empathy, compassion, and courage, and will provide training in conflict resolution.
Our courses will provide students with many valuable skills, either for the job market or for community application.
We intend to document our programs, their impact on the community and their change over time using film and other media arts. Students will be encouraged to share traditional and personal stories with training in film, photography, music, literature, art, poetry, drama and dance.
Our ground-breaking initial project is a community vegetable farm on land donated by the community, utilizing state-of-the-art sustainable agricultural practices. This affords an opportunity to include all the above-mentioned themes around a simple project that will provide food for local families and their livestock, as well as excess available for marketing.
5. ENVIRONMENTAL PARTNERSHIPS
The Environmental Partnerships program emphasizes a thorough knowledge and understanding of the immediate environment in terms of its biological diversity. We encourage students to merge traditional and modern technologies to grow food, harvest water, manufacture soil and apply alternative forms of energy where necessary.
We have identified several Kenyan companies that are already improving agricultural practices throughout the country, and we plan to establish learning partnerships with their experts. We have also approached the Santa Fe Community College in New Mexico, which boasts one of the best, most progressive agricultural programs in the US. SFCC is the ideal partner for Acacia Moyo as their students use non-conventional techniques to develop applicable technologies suitable for semi-arid areas.
8. LOCAL TOURISM
A cornerstone of our overall long-term sustainability will be the integration of tourism programs into the Kitengela community to provide income for campus operations and provide revenue for investment in community services and benefits.
We plan to establish both simple and high-end tented camps that will give tourists the opportunity to learn more about the Maasai community, their integration with the land, livestock and wildlife. Visitors will be treated to the full measure of Maasai traditions, which may include dances, songs, games and most of all, the formation of what we hope will be lasting friendships and mutual support.
3. HUMAN NATURE
We offer a new kind of “tribe” based on ancient beliefs and modern necessities. Acacia Moyo believes that when all communities thrive then strengthened human resources can be applied to addressing many of the critical challenges of starvation, crime, war, and disease as a shared effort.
Human Rights Education is an enlightened key towards empowerment. Armed with basic human rights knowledge, participants learn to decide for themselves which of their traditional practices - such as female genital mutilation - are harmful to the community, and which are beneficial. Participants are enabled to view their traditions in a broader, more global perspective, and to link their lifestyles with those human rights that are ratified within Kenya’s constitution.
6. CENTER FOR RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Acacia Moyo will explore, research and test new models of efficiency for demonstration and testing on our Kitengela campuses in the following areas:
Fungi production to develop strong building blocks and furniture creation
Hydrogel and other green-house-based growing methods for foods and other crops
Rammed earth using adobe and local materials for home construction
New advances in water harvesting, storage and reclamation
3D printing technology for light manufacturing
Living fences - the integration of cyclone fencing materials with local plants to protect crops and livestock
“No till” alternatives for soil protection
9. ENTERPRISE CREATION
Acacia Moyo’s enterprise programs focus on supporting the Kitengela community to identify, develop, and sustain individual entrepreneurship and business opportunities .
Innovative approaches to finding practical solutions to community needs will form a key component of skills development. Examples are:
covered farm pond installation to maintain water supplies during droughts
bicycle maintenance, repair and restoration
solar-derived electric power conversion
independent energy creation using photovoltaic panels to provide electricity and hot water
growing food for local markets, hotels and tourist lodges