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More pictures from the London launch of Emusoi

Naha gives necklace to Minister

Naha presents a traditional Maasai bead necklace to DfID Minister of State, Gareth Thomas, while Esupat looks on.

Naha, Esupat, strawberries

Naha and Esupat tried many new kinds of food, including strawberries, during their visit to London. But they still prefer their traditional diet of beef and milk.

Esupat, Mell, Naha

Comic actor Mell Giedroyc was among the guests at the book launch.

Danny, Liz F, Lainy

More distinguished guests! Left to right, Danny Mwasandube of the Tanzania Development Trust, Mrs Liz Fennell of the Britain Tanzania Society, and Ms Lainy Malkani, Producer BBC Radio London.

Esupat, Sr Jean, Mwanaidi, Naha

"Girl Power": left to right, Esupat, Sr Jean Pruitt, founder of the Dogodogo Centre for Street Children Trust, HE Mwanaidi Maajar, Tanzanian High Commissioner to the UK, Naha.

Photos by Dorothee Giedroyc


November 11, 2009 at 4:11 pm Leave a comment

Emusoi girls come to UK to launch book

In October 2009, two Maasai girls from Emusoi, Naha and Esupat, braved their first ever journey by aeroplane to travel to the UK for the launch of their book, Emusoi. The book launch, which took place at Macmillan HQ on October 7th, was attended by DfiD Minister of State, Gareth Thomas.

Naha & Esupat

Naha (24), left, now in her second year at Arusha Business College studying banking and accountancy, intends to use her qualifications to help women in her village benefit from Tanzania’s growing tourist industry by creating their own businesses selling Maasai jewellery and handcrafts. Esupat (15), right, who ran away from home last year rather than face enforced marriage to a total stranger the same age as her father, wants to be a lawyer so that she can stand up for her people’s rights. (Photo by Simon Davis, Department for International Development, DfID. To find out more : )
Maasai school visit

(Photo by Enfield Advertiser)

On Friday October 9th, the two girls received a warm welcome at St Ignatius’ College, Enfield, where they told students about their book and answered questions about the challenges facing them in Africa. They attended Mass in the school chapel, sampled some traditional fish, chips and baked beans in the canteen, and gave an interview on IC, the school radio station.


Naha and Esupat, from Tanzania, sixth-formers Joe Hollingshead, Sophie Gorne and Rebecca Merritt, and Stanley Bijura who is from Tanzania at Bartholomew School (Photo by Witney Gazette)

Naha & Esupat with Sarah Brown

Naha and Esupat were invited to tea at No 10 Downing Street by Mrs Sarah Brown. They also visited the home of Mrs Cherie Blair and made a tour of Oxford University. (Photo by Flickr 10 Downing Street)

Latest e-mail from Sr Mary at Emusoi, sent 6th October 2009 “Thousands of young women are coming to the gates of Emusoi every day. I cannot trust myself to go and meet them because I find it impossible to turn anyone away. These girls are so vulnerable. Their mothers beg us to keep them in a safe place. But we look after 700 girls already. We have nowhere to put any more. We have no money to feed them, let alone pay their school fees. It is so hard.”

The two girls also gave a number of press interviews.

October 30, 2009 at 9:36 am 1 comment

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