Olonana is working with the village on a project to harvest
rainwater for use in a small organic garden and a tree seedling
nursery. The project will also reuse the residue sludge from the
biogas system, ensuring there is no waste or environmental
The implementation of this sustainable energy source will
benefit the Enkereri community in a number of ways:
- Rather than spending time harvesting and collecting firewood,
the Maasai women can use their time on income generating projects
such as beadwork and beekeeping, while at the same time minimising
the need for walking in search of firewood and reducing the
incidence of human-wildlife conflict.
- By using biogas for fuel, there is less pressure to harvest
wood from the Masai Mara, decreasing the threat and burden
on fragile woodlands and forests near Maasai villages.
- This form of fuel decreases the numbers of flies in the village
and with this, the incidence of fly born/transmitted infections and
diseases. Lately it has also been proven to keep mosquitoes at bay
thus reducing cases of malaria.
In 2005, the village built a small school for children aged 2-6.
Now, with the help of Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy and guests at
Sanctuary Olonana, the village is planning a series of improvements
including two new classrooms for older children, planting
additional trees around the school, new fencing to increase the
safety for students and the provision of key equipment and
materials for education and activities.