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Nearby Plane crash

Empakaai is a small crater in the Ngorongoro mountains just above us here at Olbalbal. A beautiful reflecting lake takes up most of its floor. Yesterday eleven people died when a Cessna Caravan plane, carrying a single pilot and ten passengers crashed near the crater. Cessna Caravans carry tourists to many points here in Tanzania, […]

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Water Power

Once again the rains have come to North Maasai country. A few short days into the new season and one questions whether the plains here on the edge of the Serengeti were ever dry. The grass, although still short, gives the landscape a welcome green tinge replacing the ochre dust that for months has been […]

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Satellite Internet

I have been struggling with the connection to the internet ever since I returned from leave more than a year ago. Often there is no connection at all or the connection is constantly breaking off. My nephew Steve suggested that I look into a satellite connection. I looked on the web and most providers supplying […]

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Black Mamba

At 11:00 PM Fr. Arkado entered his room to go to sleep. He noticed some overturned water bottles an a long grey tail sticking out from under his clothes cabinet. He raised the alarm and some local Maasai came running and managed to kill the snake. The “Black Mamba” is just about the deadliest snake […]

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Web site problems

There have been a lot of strange things going on with this web site in recent days and weeks. Many blogs have been posted that have not come from me. Also it seems that a couple of hundred people have also somehow gotten my password and the ability to change things on the web site. […]

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Lenkangu Hopeful

Lenkangu graduated from Teacher Training College Last May, one year ago. Together with his classmates he has been waiting for the Education Department to assign him to a school to begin his teaching career. The class before his has also been waiting to be posted. For them it has been a two years since they […]

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Warriors Fix Bridge & Water for Sale

The young warriors are out bridge fixing. The rains have eaten away at the already narrow bridge near the mission. The bridge consists of a corrugated iron culvert covered with dirt and stones. The rains have worn away the passage so there is just enough solid ground for a car to pass. This makes it […]

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Village of the Meat

The ceremony that took place here at Olbalbal is called “Enkang oo-Kirin, The village of the meat. The Enkang oo-nkiri enables a warrior to eat by themselves food prepared by women. During this ritual a special bull is chose to be slaughtered and eaten by the warriors. Wives must also prove that they have stayed […]

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Rokoine & Sophia

Rokoine and Sophia were married last week at their “boma” here in Olbalbal. It was a good celebration and attended by large numbers of well wishers. I had the privilege of blessing their wedding. Rokoine is studying finances at the University and Sophia is a high school graduate.

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