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A Day in the Life of the Maasai in Africa

Witness first-hand how a village has changed after receiving a school and clean water. Read Transcript

(upbeat, rhythmic music)

- I'm Dan Rini, reporter,producer for CBN.

I have a Masters in anthropology,

and I travel the world,bringing back stories

of the good CBN does in people's lives.

(crowd cheering)

Now, I wanna go deeper with people

to better understand their struggles

as they fight to surviveone day at a time.

(upbeat, rhythmic music)

(singing in a foreign language)

When the plane landed in Maasai Mara,

I was greeted by thevast array of wildlife

that helped make this relatively

untouched part of Kenya famous.

I soon arrived at a nearbyMaasai village and was welcomed

by the students of a school

built and supported byCBN's Orphan's Promise.

(villagers clapping)

Village life here is peaceful.

Children go to school,mothers tend to their homes,

and men take the cattle to graze.

That day, I met up withOlanazi and his family.

Nice, thank you.

Maasai don't have shepherd's crooks.

They have spears becausewe have lions here.

(shepherd whistling)

(speaks in foreign language)

- I constantly whistle so thewild animals know I'm around.

It keeps them away.

- Herding cattle seemed easy,little harder than it looks.

I lost 'em, like the whole herd.

(cattle mooing)

Found 'em, as we wereherding, Olanazi and I talked.

(speaks in foreign language)

- Before CBN came here,we had to go very far

to get enough water forour cattle and ourselves.

I lost 50 of my cattle due to the drought.

I had terrible pains in my stomach

because of sickness from the dirty water.

At one point, I was toosick to take my cattle out

so my wife had to do it.

That day, lions came andkilled two of my cattle.

(speaks in foreign language)

- I was afraid I would be the next victim.

I climbed a tree and called for Yao

until some men came andchased the lions away.

After that, I never lookedafter the cattle again.

- Olanazi and I walked over fields

and through thick brush to wherethey used to collect water.

CBN drilled a deep wellright by the old source.

Now, even during drought,they have enough water

for the entire villageand all their cattle.

So the old water sourceand the new water source

are really side by side.

Those solar panels arepumping fresh, clean water

all the way up to the village.

Now in the old days, theyused to collect water here

from this open spring, andthey shared this with animals.

So, this is not water youwould ever want to drink.

(speaks in foreign language)

- Whenever I went for water,

I was afraid lions will be there drinking.

The water was very far away.

We go through the wilderness to get there,

and, on the way, we'd meet withwild buffalo and elephants.

- Because of your help,we have many cattle again.

Since the taps are soclose to the village,

people can now fetchwater anytime they want

without fearing the wild animals.

Before, we only bathed once each week.

Now, we can bathe whenever we want.

(overlapping chatter)

- You know, I've donethis water routine before,

but I can see the village from here

and I know this is fresh, clean water,

so this is a piece of cake.

(overlapping chatter)

- [Olanazi's daughter]Having water so close

has changed everything.

Now, even the children can fetch water.

- [Dan] After bringing in the cattle,

they showed me how theycraft that elaborate jewelry.

Making a big bracelettakes about two weeks.

- It's a Maasai traditionto dress as we do.

Some like wearing more than others.

You cannot wear the traditionalclothing without the beads.

You have to look shiny.

(child laughing)

- [Dan] With more time ontheir hands thanks to the well,

the ladies make more jewelryto sell on the market,

insuring a steady flow ofincome for their families.

- We are so happy, the supportwe received is so important.

Everyone in the villagebenefits from the projects.

As a born again Christian,I know that it was God

who gave us the well and the school.

- [Dan] Before the school was built,

classes were held under a tree.

(children speaking in a foreign language)

- Our books blow in the wind,

and when it rained, we stayed home.

We were taught about Godunder the tree, so we prayed

and asked God for a church,a school, and water.

Now, all those prayers are answered.

- [Dan] At night, when thechildren have gone home,

the chores are done, andthe cattle are resting,

parents come to the school, one by one,

to learn how to read and write themselves.

It's something they never hadthe opportunity to do before.

- [Parents] One, two, three.

(speaking in foreign language)

- My life has changed, Ican write one to a 100.

This means I can walk tothe bank, write my own name

and my numbers and withdrawmy money without any help.

- In the beginning, it was hard for me

to use a pen on a book.

But now, it has become so easy.

- When my mom comes back fromclass, she asks me questions

about the things she didn't understand.

I explain things and helpher, I am so proud of her.

(singing in a foreign language)

- [Dan] With water fromthe well, we also started

a vegetable garden outside the village.

As the women in thevillage tend the garden,

children come from the school

to learn all about agriculture.

Some of the crops are usedto feed the kids at school.

The village gets all the rest.

It's a different wayof life for the Maasai,

but one that was necessaryfor their survival.

- During the famine, therewas not even any milk.

The cows dried up and died,

and there was always sickness and death.

Now, everyone is healthy anddisease is a thing of the past.

- [Dan] As the day drew to an end,

the men in the villageshowed me how they make fire.

It's happening so fast, Ithought we would be here

like two hours, I see smoke already.

(hand rubbing wooden dowel)

(soft laughter)

Then, it was my turn.

This is why they do it as a demonstration

and don't let other people try with them.

There's a little smoke, I'm getting there!

Yes, it is harder than it looks.

Has it been two hours yet?

I'm not even anywhere close, am I?

(soft laughter)


Well, we got the fire started

without much help from me at all.

We're getting ready toget the party started.

(people singing and chanting rhythmically)

In honor of my visit onbehalf of CBN, the warriors

of the village danced andsang long into the night.

(Maasai people singing and cheering)

We roasted a goat over the open fire,

and we all ate until we were full.

I didn't want the night to end,

but eventually, it was time to sleep.

I went inside, passed thegoats and the chickens,

and turned in, long day, but a good day.

They've got their spare room set up for me

so I think I'm gonnasleep pretty hard tonight.

Early the next morning wastime to say our goodbyes.

Thank you for everything.

- I am so happy that Dan came to visit us,

and I am grateful for allthat CBN has made happen

in our village, God bewith you wherever you go.

- I thank God for what he has done,

and I thank him for your coming here.

You have changed our lives.

- [Dan] As I drove away,

I took in the sights andsounds of Kenya one last time.

I left with a sense of peaceknowing the families here

have hope for a brighter future.

(singing in a foreign language)

(bright chime and children's laughter)


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