Commissioning/Dedication of Well

The Maryland District 7620 Rotarians and members of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick, MD (UUCF), with safari guides, enjoyed getting to know each other during dinner at the Fig Tree Camp on Friday evening, February 13.

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Early the next morning, Saturday, February 14, 2015, members of UUCF joined Rotarians from Maryland and Nakuru-Great Rift Valley to help Oltorotua villagers celebrate turning the well over to them and their Water Committee. Jackson Liaram and the elders organized the event, which began with a tour of his homestead. [Note: Maasai villages are composed of six-eight homesteads, or circles of homes that include kraal (corrals) for cattle.]

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Gifts included a soccer ball welcomed by the children.

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On to the well site for a tour and explanation of the project and distribution of banners among the Rotary Clubs and rulers/magnifying glasses from UUCF.

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The program included representatives from all the groups and these speakers offered prayers, promised to sustain the project into the future, and thanked all who made the well become a reality. The village women danced, there was much applause and the joy on the faces of those who attended said it all. Last, to joyful music, villagers dressed the guests in traditional Maasai clothing and jewelry as a thank you gift.

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Lots of photos to commemorate the event ended the dedication. (I wanted to get this posted as soon as possible but you will soon enjoy great photographs by people armed with more than an iPhone camera! Also visit Sandi Smith-Gill’s Facebook page for photos of the entire trip.)

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Click here for three short video snippets of the ceremony:

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