New Board Members – Tareto Maa Germany


Dear Donors and Sponsors,

In August 2016, I visited the Tareto-Maa Refuge for Girls for the first time. 129 children swept me off my feet and we are all so grateful to you for supporting Tareto Maa and giving these young people a real chance for the future. Thank you so much.

The team who have been running Tareto-Maa Germany has done exceptional work in the last 7 years, which has enabled Tareto-Maa to grow quickly and successfully. More and more girl children have come to this place of safety. This success has provided a challenge for everyone. Organisation, fundraising, communication and many hours in front of the computer have been required, to ensure the continuation of the project. On behalf of all the children and staff on the ground in Kenya, the new committee would like to thank the outgoing committee members most profoundly for their dedication and commitment.

We would also like to thank all the donors and sponsors. Without you, the girls would not be where they are now. You have helped create something extraordinary. We cannot imagine how much this means for every single girl. When I interviewed one of the school graduates last summer, we both started to cry, so touched were we by gratitude for your support.

Let there be many girls to follow and we hope that the role of Maasai women in Kenya will continue to grow. We will do everything in our power to help that become a reality. We would like to express our gratitude for the expression of trust shown us during the handover by the new committee. We are delighted that the outgoing members have extended us their support in the future.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us should any questions arise.

With kind regards,

Astrid Hauke (Chair) and committee members, Lawrence Richards (Vice-Chair), Suli Puschban (Treasurer), Erica Böhr (Auditor), Andrea Rachinger (Auditor)


1. Chair, 2017 -, Tareto Maa Deutschland e.V.

Astrid Hauke
ph +49 (0)521 528 14 48


Astrid Hauke is a singer-songwriter, actor and clown. She is well-known as the character Liselotte Quetschkommode. With a lifelong passion for travelling the world and the attendant cultural exchange process that occurs through the medium of music-making, she currently lives and works in Germany. As a qualified educator, a medical doctor’s assistant and Humour Consultant, she is professionally and personally committed to both physical and spiritual health. As a mother of a teenaged daughter, Astrid is inspired by the work that Tareto-Maa does in furthering the protection and education of Masai girls in Kenya.


Vice-Chair, Lawrence Richards

Lawrence Richards, born 1981 in South Africa, grew up in England and Germany. His passion for film inspired him to pursue studies in English Literature, Film and Theatre and he decided to become a filmmaker. In 2007, he won an audience award with his short film „The Last Chance“. He completed a Bachelor’s degree in Film Production in England and then completed several internships, amongst others in Los Angeles. In 2009, he founded his own production company and works as an independent filmmaker.


Treasurer, Suli Puschban

Suli Puschban is a singer-songwriter, composing and performing music for children and adults. She is also a cabaret artist and author. She moved from Vienna to Berlin many years ago. As a feminist singer-songwriter, she is politically engaged and committed to showcasing music that is relevant to our multicultural world. She is on the forefront of the fight for equal rights by addressing these themes in children’s music in Germany and Austria. Suli celebrates diversity and difference in our society today. Suli was a co-founder of a women and children’s charity, Campelse e.V, in Brandenburg, which provides a holiday safe haven for women and children.


Auditor, Fundraising, Social Media, Erica Böhr

Erica Böhr holds two degrees in Literature and Fine Art from universities in Durban, South Africa and Cambridge, United Kingdom. She has always been politically engaged and worked in both professional and personal capacity in the fight against Apartheid. She has worked as a high school and tertiary education teacher and lecturer in both South Africa and the United Kingdom. Her artistic practice reflects her feminist activism, in which she questions patriarchal attitudes and behaviours, which continue to oppress women and children globally. She currently lives and works in Berlin. As the mother of a daughter, Erica appreciates the significance and urgency of the work carried out by Tareto-Maa, in providing a refuge and education for Masai girls.


Auditor, Fundraising, Social Media, Dr. Andrea Rachinger

Dr. Andrea Rachinger is a researcher and consultant in the field of infectious diseases. She lives in Berlin after returning home from many years living and working abroad in South-East-Asia, Eastern Europe and the USA. She is excited by the opportunity to join Tareto-Maa as an auditor, to support the charity’s fight for the right of girls in Kenya.

The days of Tareto Maa

In August we had some visitors and some events at Tareto Maa and this was a cause to celebrate. Firstly, Gladys and Markus our directors came to the centre with some visitors. Lawrence and Astrid from BNI Germany and along with Caroline ( from America) came to make a film about Tareto Maa. This is a very exciting development and the film will be ready to be shown by Christmas.taretomaa-2016_gg-report-3

We also had a party to celebrate the girls’ school successes and a farewell party for those transferring to high school and those who had completed college. The party was colourful and very successful, and we were entertained by the girls and the community at large with photos and videos taken by our guests. It was a great day for everybody and the girls and staff really appreciated the party that was prepared by our visitors.There were also presents for the girls that were brought with them. We wish to thank them very much for all these things.

On the same day, we had a fundraising event to help start raising funds for the building of a new girl’s dormitory which is full to capacity.

The school opened for the start of the new term on the 29th August and the teachers and pupils were very excited and full of joy in receiving presents from our visitors; of books, crayons, balls and other playing equipment. Our guests had to leave the next day (30h August) and this caused mixed emotions. The children were so happy with the occasion,the gifts that had been bought,of their school opening again but sad to see the visitors, who had been made most welcome, return to their homes.

There is one challenge which is affecting the school and that is access to clean water because of a drought which has lasted two months. This has had a terrible effect on the vegetables grown, including maize and beans which are available some miles away but there the prices are higher. Finally, we thanked God for some rain which helped to minimize the dust. We need your support to help keep feeding our girls within this present time, as the climate poses continued challenges with growing crops and access to fresh vegetables and food.

We thank all our supporters in advance for  your continued help and donations for everyone both girls and care staff at Tareto Maa.

Tareto Maa girls competing


On Tuesday of this week, two girls (Magdaline Neshiro and Rael Silanto) represented not only their school, the Naitawang River Side Academy but the whole Transmara West Sub County at County level, in the town of Narok.

They competed in the 800m race and shot put field event. Everyone, including their teachers, local community and school friends have high hopes they will go on to compete at a national level.

Prayers for support and for them to have encouragement will be very much appreciated. We will let you know how the girls fared in this race and any other competitions. Good luck to their continued success. We are very proud of you.



Change through education


Real change happens when we invest in girls education. Every year hundreds of girls in maasai community are denied education at times when it has the power to transform their lives and the world around them.
If a girls are able to make it through primary, secondary and university, it can help them to break the cycle poverty and it can help put stop to early marriages and female genital mutilation in our community.
We at Tareto Maa are forefront to fight against this out date culture.


One of our goal is to give girls education

This is Lydia Potishoi who  proudly received her credit certificate of primary school teaching at Shanzu Teacher Training College. She was one of the girls sponsored through the Tareto Maa organisation. This is a very fine achievement for Lydia and Tareto Maa for making this possible. We are so proud and happy for her. Congratulations Lydia and thanks to everyone who support our girls to help them achieve their dreams, just like Lydia.


Education is the key for independence

March 2016 was a very successful month for us. Gladys held presentations in Eberschwang (Upper Austria), in Stuttgart (Germany) and in Ried im Innkreis (Upper Austria). People showed lots of interest and wanted to learn more about Tareto Maa. We now know from our own experience that when we go directly to the people we gain their attention and interest. The director of a High School in Ried im Innkreis (HAK Ried i.I.) said that more presentations should be arranged for. It always is a unique chance for pupils as well as for teachers to learn more about the Maasai culture.
We dream of going to more schools and universities as well as other public places in order to draw people’s attention to the mission of Tareto Maa. This month we received donations of around € 1000 only through the presentations that were held. A big thank you to our generous supporters!
We make this effort for the kids. They often have no rights and if we do not get active the have to suffer.
Tareto Maa – Help for the Maasai. Only your support enables us to offer the children our help in the future also!DSCF6527 DSCF6537 DSCF6547

Gladys presents her Story of how she founded Tareto Maa

We had a very good time in the parish hall in Eberschwang (Austria). There were around 100 to 150 people attending the presentation. They showed a lot of interest in our project and asked many questions about my personal story. It was amazing! Many guests wanted to know when the next presentation would take place.
Also, we would like to say thank you for the donations and for showing up. Thanks also to those who could not come but support us with donations too.
We still need your help so that we can continue this project for the protection of the children and therefore make a difference in this world.
THANK YOU and looking forward to SEE YOU AGAIN SOON!Presentation Eberschwang Presentation Eberschwang Presentation Eberschwang

Restructuring the team and its work

In future, the founder of Tareto Maa, Gladys Kiranto, and her team in Kenya will be more self-reliant in the organization’s project management. Together with supporters in Austria, they will be in charge from now on for the project’s communication, accounting and development. Accordingly, the German group will hand over its projects to Gladys and the Kenyan team and is no longer responsible for Tareto Maa’s communication. For the sponsorship program the transition will start in the second half of 2016. We want to handle this transition period together and in the most responsible way: for the organization’s future prospects and for the wellbeing of the children!


126 Gumboots

Due to the heavy rain and flooding at the Tareto Maa Refuge we decided that the girls needed proper boots to protect their feet from the wetness. In our view, this was more urgent than buying sweaters or jackets. So 126 gumboots were bought. The children were very happy to receive them and are very thankful to the supporters who helped to purchase the boots.


FGM in Transmara: Police arrested offenders – Four more children came to Tareto Maa

Because of a successful community campaign and improved networking, headed by Gladys Kiranto in August, the local police have worked hard to help reduce the numbers of girls being cut. 18 offenders were now arrested over FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) and charged in court.

Meanwhile, four more children have arrived at Tareto Maa and have been given temporary accommodation, until their stories and the reasons for the need of shelter are established. However, we do know that they have not come as a result of imminent threat of FGM. This demonstrates that the campaign work that Tareto Maa has done is sending a strong message that cutting is wrong and progress in its elimination is being made.

We thank you for your continued support and on behalf of the girls and the team we wish you a happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

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