Jessica Hardy via Crowdrise
November 15, 2012
BENEFITING: Maasai Wilderness Conservation
EVENT DATE: Nov 16, 2012
HOURS PLEDGED: 120
UPDATE (November 28th): Lion's Sightfirst Hospital in Nairobi has offered to donate 25 sight restoration surgeries if we can raise enough money for another 25 surgeries! In other words, we can give 50 people their sight for about $3500. This unbelievable opportunity is possible because of generous, loving people from all over the world. We need to raise the money by January 7th. Let's welcome 2013 by changing the lives of 50 Maasai living in the Kenyan bush. My deepest thanks for your donation.
Give the Gift of Sight!
The holidays are upon us and in the spirit of charity and goodwill, I’d like to offer you an opportunity. What better gift than one of sight to someone who lives in a small hut in the Kenyan bush, where water and food may be a 15 kilometer walk away?
Njeda was born blind, with bilateral congenital cataracts, to a 15 year old mother. Shortly after his birth, she abandoned him.
Njeda's grandmother is raising him, in a traditional Maasai house she constructed out of mud, sticks and cow dung. In the bush, where there is no electricity, water is hard to find and food is scarce Njeda’s future and life expectancy were severely limited.
Thanks to the combined efforts of Maasai Wildnerss Conservation Trust (MWCT) and Lion’s Sightfirst Hospital in Nairobi, two-year old Njeda received a donation to restore his sight. Not only is this significant for Njeda, but the economic impact for the community is immeasurable. We have taken a child who would be forever dependent on his grandmother and ensured his future ability to go to school, work, support a family and become a Maasai Warrior.
I was fortunate enough to be a part of the process. I witnessed a small child always silently clinging to his grandmother and his terror if she was not holding him. I was at the hospital when his bandages were removed and he stared, awestruck at the face of his always present, loving grandmother. Her face was the first thing his new eyes beheld, and he reached up to touch her cheek. I laughed with joy as we drove back to the bush, Njeda smiling in delight at the passing scenery. My heart broke into a hundred pieces when we returned to his home and he stood still, looking out at the Kenyan plains, realization spilled over his little face. This was when I realized the magnitude of the gift I am asking of you.
Within our community of around 15,000 Maasai there are roughly 3,000 people requiring medical intervention for various eye disorders. The most prevalent maladies are cataracts and trachoma, affecting all age groups. Some people require surgery; some people only need medication.
The Maasai live in a harsh environment where food and water sources may be a several hour walk through the bush. Without intervention many children will loose the prospect of a productive future and adults loose the ability to support and provide for their already struggling families. The community as a whole suffers economic loss and hardship.
I want to provide the Maasai with an increased opportunity to preserve their pastoral traditions successfully. I want to enable a noble people to retain their customs to pass along to their children. I want to support the harmonious relationship between the 15,000 local Maasai and Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust, which promotes conservation, sustainability, education and heath care.
We have 3,000 Maasai who desperately need the gift of sight.
$5 provides medicine for one patient...
$100 covers all costs associated with one cataract or trachoma surgery...
100% of your gift will be given to the Maasai.
Thank you for your support!