I had the privilege this morning of looking through all of our files and pictures, a sort of "cleaning house" to start the year off organized. I had more fun sorting through all of the pictures, thinking of our partners all over the world, and imaging the looks on their faces when their shipping container arrives and they begin construction on their very own Lifebox Container.
The Maasai Community, you can read more about our partnership here, welcomed an ACI team back in January of 2012. We got to celebrate the grand opening of their new open air school and the beginning of their reforestation model. Since then, we have received updates from them on how well the students are doing and how the school has united the community, creating an advisory board and motivating the elders. Reading these updates and hearing stories about the grand opening fills my heart. It allows me to look at these pictures and have hope for this community.
However, the Maasai community did not stop there. They realized their potential for growth, for educating their children, for making community decisions. After much discussion and assessment, the Maasai community decided they were ready for a Lifebox Container.
The Maasai community has shown themselves to be diligent, hard working, and 100% committed to the success of their community. To us, that is a success story. For a community that is so remote and unable to access key resources to rise up, united, and do whatever it takes to bring hope and a future to their people, we are humbled to be their partner.
A quote from one of our partners in Kenya that we read to keep us moving forward,
"My appreciation goes to the maasai community, elders and leaders who have shown their support by putting up a wonderful management team for the school. The 3 teachers for their dedication, parents for supporting the teachers up keep and to our 39 pupils, thanks for bringing a lot of joy to all of us through your progress and development."
We already see the way the community is growing together. They are depending on one another, as it should be. They are realizing their potential and fighting for more every day. We are thrilled to call this community friends and partners. And we would love to welcome you to it.