When the rains blessed us.

I come from Loita in Narok county in the southern region of Kenya.I am a member of Oltoilo lee Maa participatory video hub which started in 2018.Am happy to explore more on the camera cause as an activist i can speak the voice of my people and help them raise their problems.Though there are so many unlearned people in our community there before at the moment there’s a big enrollments in the schools.Concerning the access to digital reading I can say it very low.There are many reading barriers in the community eg Access to internet,necessary materials,access to libraries etc. I narrated the story “When the rain blessed us” as a reminder of the challenges the community passed through at particular time of the year. As a Maasai and a pastoralist community they really passed through difficult times as they lost all the animals which they all depend on. At last though the famine prolonged and people started to lose hope of living, the rains came and blessed them.

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Prof Joseph Muema Kavulya

They say that “life in Africa is closer to nature”. This is definitely true…for better or worse as illustrated in this digital story When the rains blessed us by Scola Leuka from Loita in Narok county, Kenya. The wild savanna in southern part of Kenya stretching for hundreds of miles from Ukambani (Machakos & Makueni counties) to Masai land (Kajiado, Narok counties as well as the transmara) are a beautiful ecosystem teaming with rare wildlife and vegetation…a globlly acclaimed tourist paradise. The vast serene, idyllic swathes of grassland and scenic, gently undulating hills which team with beautiful wildlife and a people beaming with pleasure and contentment during the rainy season can turn into a dangerous country for both man ad beast, should mother nature withold her blessings of rain. This digital story When the rains blessed us by Scola Leuka captures one such long period, when people day by day, for months that turn into years, gaze at the skies for a sign that mother nature is about to relent. One thing for sure is that no matter how hot and dry and for how long, finally mother nature will open her heart and pour her blessing of rain. If only the situation can be mitigated so that the people and their animals do not have to become so desperate….to suffer so much…One fear is that with global climate change, the situation can get worse.