Graduating the Maasi youth in Endulen, Tanzania
Father Ned Marchessault is a Spiritan missionary who has been in Africa for forty-seven years. His past twenty-five years have been in Tanzania where he conducted over two thousand Maasi baptisms with the establishment of six active Christian communities.
In addition, to address the near lack of education among the Maasi, Father Ned, with the help of Spiritans abroad and others, underwrote the education of almost three hundred Maasai girls and boys. This program has resulted in the development of five nurses, four clinical medical officers, five lawyers, many teachers, and many other professionals now working in various fields in Maasi country.
New Maasi Mission: Education Is Working!
As the young people get an education, most of them return home to good-paying jobs and some now work for the conservation authority that governs the national park area in Tanzania. The Maasi have moved up to the status of middle-management employees on the game preserve, and several hold seats on the policy-making councils.