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At Oliveseed, our mission is to uplift disadvantaged communities through literacy and access to quality learning resources; sustainable livelihoods that empower women; and environmental stewardship through community engagement and our own practices. We work collaboratively in Maasai Mara Kenya and rural Morocco.

Summer 2024 Campaign: Keep Girls in School!

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Did you know that girls in many places drop out of school when they get their period simply because they have no way to manage it? The situation is especially critical in the Maasai Mara, with fewer than 10% of girls making it through high school.

We can solve this, but we need your help.

 

We're making tried-and-true sanitary kits in our Women's Work Center and will distribute them free to girls in school — starting with the 1250 students at Sekenani Girls High School. 

Oliveseed is funded entirely by donations, and at our scale, every contribution makes a real difference. We are grateful for your support.

~ Hellen & Barb, Women's Work Center, Emarti village, Kenya

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Stories from the Blog

A New Manyatta Library

The 2nd Manyatta Library launched in April 2024 to excited kids and parents! In the village next to Olchorro White Rhino Sanctuary in Olchorro Oirouwa Conservancy, we built it in a round style with thatched roof characteristic of that region and stocked it with great books for children and teens, all sourced in Nairobi. ​Back in Ololchura village, the 1st Manyatta Library (our proof of concept) has become so popular as a Community Center that the elder has asked us to expand it.​ (see the Manyatta video)

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Aligning with the UN SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals)

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What does the Olive Tree have to do with the well being of humanity?

A lot!! The European Olive (Olea europaea) has been a symbol of peace and reconciliation throughout the Mediterranean and Western worlds since the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans; it also appears in the monotheistic religious texts in this way. In Maasai culture, the wild African Olive (Oloirien in Maa) has long been sacred as well, signifying both nurturing and strength and still used in ceremonies that honor community.
 

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