Maasai (not Masai) is the correct spelling of this noble tribe: it means people speaking maa. Masai was the incorrect spelling of the British settlers and has remained in current use. The Maasai have always been special. Their bright red robes set them apart visually. Spear in hand, they are calm and courageous regardless of the danger.
The armed British troops who drove the Maasai from their lands in the early 20th century had great respect for these fearless tribesmen. Up until recently, the only way for a Maasai boy to achieve warrior status was to single-handedly kill a lion with his spear.
Wild Root Safaris works with the Maasai community on a knowledge-sharing basis to create and implement holistic and comprehensive programs in conservation, health, and education that serve the community, the wilderness, and the wildlife that are so important to us all.
Tanzania recognizes over one hundred and twenty tribes of native people. The Maasai were the dominating tribe at beginning of 20th century. They are one of the very few tribes who has retained most of their traditions, lifestyle, and lore. In common with the wildlife with which they co-exist, the Maasai need a lot of lands. Unlike many other tribes in Tanzania, the Maasai are semi-nomadic and pastoral: they live by herding cattle and goats.
The Maasai have not fared well in modern Africa. Until the European settlers arrived, fierce Maasai tribes occupied the most fertile lands. The Maasai struggled to preserve their territory, but their spears were no match for armed British troops, and their lawyers never had a fair chance in British courtrooms. In 1904, the Maasai signed the first agreement, losing the best of their land to the European settlers.
Seven years later, in 1911, a very controversial agreement was signed by a small group of Maasai, where their best Northern land (Laikipia) was given up to white settlers. Surely they did not fully understand what the consequences of such a treaty were, and anyway, the signatories did not represent the entire tribe. With these two treaties, the Maasai lost about two-thirds of their lands and were relocated to less fertile parts of Kenya and Tanzania.
Other tribes of Tanzania have adapted more readily to the “progress” of modern times. In contrast, the Maasai have persisted in their traditional ways, so as Tanzania takes more land for growing tribes and agriculture, they suffer.
One of the goals of Wild Root safaris and Adventures is to provide opportunities to the Maasai who otherwise would not have received them. We are able to use our profits to provide assistance in these areas by funding various projects that we have planned to initiate ourselves. Along the way, we have received intermittent funding boosts from individuals like family and friends in Canada
If you would like to help us achieve our goals, please contact us as we are currently fundraising for classroom refurbishment at the Masai village for the school of disable and able children. We welcome also volunteers who would like to join us and teaching the kids who really in need of English lessons. Mathew Jacky who is the Maasai, as well as the Canadian Nicholas Adam, are the founder of the company Wild Root safaris and Adventures. The aim of this project is to help the young boys and girls by using 5% of our benefit helping them going to School in early age. The Maasai keep disabling children in the house once they are born as it’s the shame to the family to get a disabled kid, and some time when they get sick the leave her/him to die and buried without known to anyone. Wild Root is working hard to educate the Maasai Women and men regarding disabilities and all kids deserve to survive and get an education. Our plan is to put both kids disable and able studying together when the School project is done in the future. Your single dollar will take us extra mile to accomplish our goals in the near future. Your contribution goes directly to Kyle who is handling School account in Canada helping us to fundraise for the School building in Masai village in Tanzania. Do not hesitate to contact us directly if you want to come with Education material like books and computers for the Kids.