Post date: 2024/06/24

Ever heard of a place where warmth and resilience go hand in hand? That’s Mairowa for you! Nestled in the foothills of Northern Tanzania, on the fringes of the majestic Serengeti National Park, lies the Maasai village of Mairowa. 

Mairowa offers a glimpse into a traditional way of life and a deep connection to the land. It is one of the three sub-villages of the Ololosokwan ward and  stands as a vibrant Maasai village, with its life intricately woven with the rhythm of the savanna and the challenges of a remote existence.  

The Maasai Way of Life in Mairowa, Tanzania

Mairowa is primarily inhabited by the Maasai people, a Nilotic ethnic group known for their semi-nomadic past and close relationship with their livestock. Traditionally, the Maasai herded cattle, goats, and sheep, migrating with the seasons to find fresh pastures. Their culture is rich with vibrant colors, with the iconic Maasai shuka, a patterned cloth wrapped around the body, being a staple. The Maasai language, Maa, is spoken here, though some residents may also speak Swahili or English.

The Beauty and Challenges of Remote Life in Mairowa

Despite its beauty, Mairowa’s remoteness presents challenges. Access to infrastructure, economic opportunities, and education is limited. The nearest city, Arusha, is a two-day journey away. Healthcare requires traveling to Ololosokwan, neighboring villages 5-10 kilometers distant. These journeys can be dangerous, with encounters with wild animals and floods a constant threat.One of the biggest challenges faced by the village is the lack of safe drinking water. This scarcity forces residents, particularly women and children, to undertake long and potentially dangerous journeys to collect water, jeopardizing their health and well-being.

Despite these hardships, Mairowa showcases a resilient. The community maintains a strong connection to their cultural traditions and a deep respect for the natural world.

Making a Positive Difference in Mairowa

Explore With Purpose is proud to be working alongside this incredible community and our project partners on two crucial projects:

Clean Water Project: 

One of the most pressing issues faced by Mairowa is the lack of safe drinking water. This scarcity forces residents, particularly women and children, to undertake long and potentially dangerous journeys to collect water, jeopardizing their health and well-being.

We’ve collaborated with Wine To Water and the DeBoer Family to bring clean, accessible water to the community. This will have a life-changing impact on the health and well-being of the villagers, especially women and children.



Building a Classroom:

Mairowa Primary School is the only school in Mairowa and that offers pre-primary and primary education.  Established in 2008, it currently has over 700 students enrolled, with more enrolling. The school faces challenges due to overcrowding, with over 100 children per class. This has led to children needing to instead attend neighboring school in Ololosokwan, meaning that some children either need to walk 20+kms per day to and from school, or board on the school premises away from their families.

Supported by organizations like the Africa Foundation and AndBeyond, the school has benefitted from various infrastructure projects including new classrooms, toilets, a kitchen/dining area, and teacher’s housing. Explore With Purpose has committed to build a classroom for Mairowa Primary School in 2024 to alleviate some of the pressures currently faced.

Thanks to the generous donations of Moritz & Julie Loeffler and their social media community, the funds for this project have already been raised.

Supporting our cause for the benefit of the Mairowa Community

Support can  shine through in many ways! While Mairowa itself isn’t a typical tourist destination, there are ways to experience the beauty of the region and support the Maasai community. Staying at accommodation establishments committed to responsible tourism, like TAASA Lodge, can connect you with local communities and cultural experiences. You can also support organizations like Explore With Purpose working to improve the lives of the Maasai people in Mairowa.

Finally, even if you’re interested in these projects and believe in the importance of them, sharing initiatives with friends & family to spread awareness goes a long way.

learn more about Our Projects

Explore With Purpose supports projects in rural African villages which are aimed at supporting Education, Health and Conservation, as we believe that these three pillars are the foundation block to long-term positive change.