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Supporting the Oltuma Well Project

Supporting the Oltuma Well Project

Posted: 9/24/2014

Lialo Salassh, a Norseman Structures employee, and his wife Natasha have a vision to bring fresh water to their home community in Kenya. All of us here at Norseman Structures have been very interested in getting involved to help them succeed on their journey – The Oltumo Well Project.

Lialo, with the support of friends and Norseman Structures coworkers, held a steak night in August raising over $2,000 for the project. At Norseman Structures, we held some fun competitions including a Chili cook off where the winning team won the Mighty Andhrimnir (cook of the Norse Gods) award. We also sold 50/50 tickets for a few weeks and both of these events raised just over $375. We were all very happy to donate all of the money raised to Lialo’s well project.

The Oltumo Well Project began as a dream for Lialo. He is a traditionally educated Maasai now living in Canada (Maasai are a semi-nomadic tribe living in Southern Kenya and part of Tanzania). Lialo dreamed of building a school where Maasai children would gain knowledge about how to live and thrive in the changing world around them while also preserving their cultural ways of knowing and living. His vision is that Maasai children "will be proud to hold a stick in one hand and a pen in the other". In order to do this, a reliable and sustainable water source is needed.

Through fundraising, Lialo was able to raise enough money to drill for water. They struck proverbial gold but the drilling project proved to be only part of the cost. The well also needed a pump. Lialo and his family are hoping to raise $35,000 for a solar powered pump.

Lialo is planning to return to Maasia with some Canadian supporters and friends in the fall of 2014. The purpose of this trip would be to install the pump and solar panels so that the well can be used.

We’re inspired by Lialo’s initiative to make a difference in his local community and look forward to supporting his project to completion.

Read more about the Oltumo Well Project here.