Twala Cultural Center – New roads to Empower Kenyan Women

It has been quite a re-entry into the states after such an amazing trip to Kenya.  So many photos to sift through!  Here is another post  for those who want to see more about Empowering Kenyan Women and out project while at the Daraja Academy.  More posts to come!

One day,  we joined the Daraja transition students on a field trip to the  Twala Cultural Center and home of the Uaso Ngiro Baboon Project.  This center is a community-support program for the women of the Massai villages to help support their pastoral way of life and to empower the women to create new income streams in the face of economic hardship.  It was so wonderful to see these women boosted by encouraging the production and sales of their exquisite beadwork & handicrafts, progressive sustainable agricultural practices and the development of ecotourism.  Julian  had an amazing time dancing with the women who came out en masse to greet us and welcome us into their village.

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This video (taken by another person) shows the Twala ladies preparing tea (chai) from the fruit of the cactus Opuntia, which is an invasive species that was an enormous problem for them – the Uaso Ngiro Baboon Project helped them develop a way to turn the…

 

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