Who Are The Maasai?

The Maasai are one of the last remaining indigenous tribal communities in East Africa. They are semi-nomadic, living mainly in the Great Rift Valley spanning Kenya and Tanzania. The Maasai are known globally for the distinct culture. However, their traditional way of life is being threatened due to the loss of their land rights, limited access to clean water, and basic resources needed for survival.

The Maasai culture is rapidly changing as they are forced to adapt to new lifestyles for survival. The cultural leaders are striving to safeguard their traditions and pass down their traditional knowledge to the next generations as they are faced with modern challenges. The Maasai chiefs are seeking support in preserving their threatened heritage.

The Maasai people have a broad knowledge of how to live sustainably and best practice strategies for managing natural resources, protecting wildlife and reversing climate change.

Preserving Maasai traditional knowledge is not only important in its own right, but is also important for the benefits it brings to other people around the world who can learn lessons for living sustainably.

Maasai Cultural Conservation Program

To assist the Maasai people in preserving and sharing their threatened cultural heritage, seven years ago MCV established the Maasai Cultural Conservation Program (MCCP).  While movies, books, and articles about the Maasai have been released by outsiders, the Maasai have had little opportunity to tell their own story to the world. To build and preserve authentic versions of the Maasai culture, MCV’s MCCP is led by 15 traditional Kenyan and Tanzanian Maasai chiefs and is supported by Maasai staff and volunteers.

MCV is establishing the following:

  • Maasai Cultural Center

  • Maasai Cultural Heritage Digital Museum

  • Traveling Maasai Culture Exhibit

  • Memoir by Maasai Cultural Chiefs

  • Documenting and Teaching Maa Language

  • Maasai Media Network

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About MCV

Founded in 2009, My Chosen Vessels (MCV) is a 501(c)(3) Organization in the USA & a registered NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) in Kenya. Our mission is to empower Maasai people through our water, education and culture conservation initiatives. We believe every Maasai person should have access to clean water & education for their ancient culture to survive. Our programs are led by a Maasai Chiefs Council which consists of 15 traditional Maasai chiefs spanning Kenya and Tanzania.

MCV is granted Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. MCV develops its programs to align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for its 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We participate in the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) to advocate for Maasai human rights, including their right to clean water access and education.

MCV is a registered 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Not-For-Profit in the USA. Our Tax-Exempt #45-3072199. Make a tax-deductible donation today.

MCV is a registered NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) in Kenya to conduct business professionally and transparently between the USA and Kenya.

MCV clean water & education programs are developed to assist the Maasai people in protecting their heritage. Our programs are led by 15 traditional Kenyan and Tanzanian Maasai cultural chiefs, and is supported by Maasai staff and volunteers. Our programs are community-driven and managed by the Maasai leaders.

MCV works closely with our partners to develop programs that have an incredible impact on the Maasai communities. Learn more about our partners who have contributed to make MCV humanitarian work possible. Learn More Here 

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Email Us: Hq@Mychosenvessels.com
Call Us: #1-805-Maasai-1 (#1-805-622-7241)