Weʼre raising £25,000 to Support the Maasai Warriors Cricket UK tour (16th Aug- 1st Sep 2018) and also to support young people engagement in UK and Kenya.
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My name is Valentine Resiato Nkoyo from the Maasai community of Kenya and currently living in Nottingham, England. I am very passionate about my community and very proud of my heritage. We are pastrolists and one of the smallest communities in Kenya but quite marginalised and lack opportunities compared to other communities. For four years, I have been wanting to invite the Maasai Cricket Warriors to the UK and I am pleased my dream is becoming true thanks to the encouragement and support of friends, family and supporters like you!
I am raising funds to support the Maasai Cricket Warriors UK tour (16th August to 1st September) and projects supporting young people both in the UK and in Kenya.
We, the Maasai people of East Africa, are globally famous for our beautiful culture, attire, striking physical features and a strong desire to maintain our traditional way of life. However, in a strongly male dominated community like the Maasai, there are some serious social injustices faced by girls and women.
Formed in 2007, the Maasai Cricket Warriors are now using their fame and love for the cricket game as an inspiration to educate and empower communities. They give young people a sense of belonging, identity, pride and hope. To the warriors, throwing the ball is like throwing a spear and batting is like using a shield.
They bowl and bat in their traditional clothing - bloodred ‘shukas’ and bright, beaded necklaces and this is important to them as it symbolises the importance of maintaining the positive aspects of our culture. They visit schools to teach cricket basics to girls and boys thus supporting more young people to play cricket while helping them to keep active, celebrate their culture and champion women’s rights.
They also raise awareness of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), forced and child marriage, HIV Aids and advocate for girls education. They have also played internationally including in the UK, Australia and South Africa and they have been instrumental in conservation work including protection of the White Rhino, Sudan.
They will be involved in a series of activities and events organised in conjunction with Nottingham Trent University. Other partners we are working with include The Duchess of Rutland, Trent Bridge Cricket Club, Belvoir Cricket & Countryside Trust, Attenborough Cricket Club, Communities Inc among others. Events include; cricket matches, African Farm Festival, Q & A sessions, working with young people, celebratory receptions, film screening, music, playing with local community groups and a number of cultural meet and greet events.
This will bring different communities together from diverse backgrounds thus facilitating cultural exchange, community cohesion and social integration. Having the Maasai warriors playing and integrating with the locals in their traditional attire is a rare opportunity for many! This tour will also help us to raise awareness of social injustices like FGM, forced marriage, hate crime and modern slavery.
Donations will go towards facilitating and managing different community events, engaging survivors of FGM and forced marriage, reaching out and engaging diverse communities, day to day expenses and all surplus will be split between four charities to support young people- Maasai Cricket Warriors Mojatu Foundation, Belvoir Cricket & Countryside Trust and Trent Bridge Community Trust.
The funds will benefit the Maasai Cricket Warriors, young people both in UK and Kenya, schools, refugees and asylum seekers, new and emerging communities and the wider society.
I do hope you will help me to reach this target and join us at the various events that will be taking place.
Please help me share this widely through your networks, social media, word of mouth or any other ways that suits you!
See more information and updates about the tour on www.maasaicricket.com
COME & MEET THE FAMOUS MAASAI CRICKET WARRIORS AND LEARN ABOUT KENYA AND THE MAASAI PEOPLE!
Ashe Oleng'! Asante sana! Thank you for your support!
Watch the Maasai Cricket Warriors video below and learn what their passion is......https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqhosHC_xeQ
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