We went on the ground to see the building that had been abandoned for 7 years and vandalized. This is when we began to truly confront the task at hand – It had no water, no electricity, the concrete fence surrounding the 20-acre plot of land had been torn down by elephants, and it needed major renovations inside and outside. We met all the contractors and began pushing them to work night and day to meet our improbable deadline.
We also employed students from Maasai Technical Training Institute and over 30 locals, mostly Maasai women to complete various jobs, including building guest houses for volunteers on the 20-acre property. It was rewarding to see the local community and students gainfully employed and improving their lives. The drought has been horrific and over 90% of the community is unemployed and poverty-stricken, therefore we provided food to everyone who came to volunteer and work and we fed approximately 50-75 people / day.