What is Endoynolasho? Who lives there?
Endoynolasho is a beautiful and stark region in central Kenya, near its border with Tanzania. The area is extremely rural and geographically isolated, with only dirt roads leading from the nearest small city. Once there, you will meet people from the Maasai tribe, a group of people that has retained much of their tradition and culture. Strongly patriarchal and cattle-herding, the Maasai people are quiet, strong, community-oriented and generous. Endoynolasho is so rural that it’s not identified on most maps, yet it is home to more than 1,000 men, women and children.
Why build there?
The idea to build a clinic in Endoynolasho came when, running clinics out of the school building, the Alabaster team saw the need for basic medical care and yet heard again and again how far people in the community traveled for care. By foot, the journey to the nearest dispensary is a seven hour walk, or a further 15 hour walk to the nearest hospital. Partnering with Girl Child Network (GCN, a local NGO) and the Maasai community, Alabaster devised plans to raise money and build a bricks-and-mortar clinic that would provide a place to administer basic first aid care, store medical supplies and house a health sciences library.
What is Phase I of the clinic?
Phase I is a three-room structure. Two rooms are dedicated to care and storage for medical supplies, and the other is a brightly-lit library with a table, chairs and books for students and teachers to study the sciences. Solar panels allow each room to have access to electricity.
What is Phase II?
With excitement from the local community and endorsement from government officials, we are now embarking on a Phase II expansion of the clinic, made possible by the pledge to bring running water to the area. This phase will provide infrastructure to make the building more secure and safe, including a finished ceiling, fire extinguishers, and the build of a latrine nearby. The dream is to have a government-staffed medical dispensary where the Maasai people can find quality medical care closer to their homes.
How can we help?
Generous Alabaster donors provide crucial resources needed to bring care to the people of Endoynolasho. See Clinic page for more information.