The Maasai are known far beyond the borders of Africa for their culture.

The Maasai are a nomadic people who live in the steppes of southern Kenya and northern Tanzania.

It is assumed that the ancestors of the Maasai moved from what is now Sudan to the area east of Lake Victoria three to four centuries ago.

Today, their living area is largely known as the Maasai steppe.
The Maasai have been able to preserve their culture and traditions for many centuries.

However, the Maasai are facing new challenges due to changes in their region.

In particular, the displacement from their historical tribal area by tourism and agriculture is causing the vital grazing land to shrink.

As a result of progressive deforestation and climate change, desertification is increasing and the dry periods between the rainy seasons are lengthening.
The Maasai live in large family groups, which are led by the elders.

The women's existence is determined by caring for the family - and subordination in the patriarchy. Most of the work, such as cooking, fetching water, milking and collecting firewood, falls to women and girls.

Young girls are often circumcised and married off at the age of 12-16 for a bridal price.

The men and boys work as shepherds and, in the historical context, are responsible for the security of the family.
Help for the Massai wants to give the Maasai the opportunity to face their challenges and continue to lead a self-determined life through a sustainable educational program.

Help for the Massai recognizes that oppression of women and girls has no place in this world and is committed to strengthening the role of women to enable them to strengthen their position within the Maasai culture from within.
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