We remain in cultural contact with Ilkurot, providing Maasai cultural excursions upon request. We feel that we have provided an incredible amount to this village and set it up to run in a sustainable manner. Enough so that we can depart from the day to day activities and re-visit them only when special projects arise.
In 2011, we are still 'maintaining' Ilkurot and support their cultural tourism program - as we move onto Matimu Nursery and Primary School. Our relationship with village elders and the school committee remains strong and together we look forward to expanding the school once more when the time arises.
One idea is to assist the building of a secondary school next door - this would allow for students from Ilkurot to afford to reach secondary school and not defer or not attend based on transportation problems to Le Manyatta (Mukulat Secondary School) or lack of sponsorship.
2007 was a successful year for us at Ilkurot. Early int the year a container of desks, tables, sewing machines, coal irons, childrens' clothes and kitchen sinks were donated from Singapore.It was a financial and physical challenge to get it to the village - but we are proud to say that we did it and the students of Ilkurot are now the proud users of this equipment.
Over 1000 textbooks have been purchased to allow the students to actually have something that guides their studies. Also, we have plastered the outside of 4 classrooms and fit glass windows (one side only). Previously, there were wooden windows in place – meaning that when the wind blew in this dusty place, an almost daily occurrence, the windows needed to be closed which blocked any form of light entering the classrooms. Needless to say, no light / no write.
In 2009, we finished off a 'shell' classroom that was on school grounds and created a library/ Teachers' Resource Centre for use and referencing by the teachers. We came to realize that it is just as important to improve conditions for teachers as well as students - they are the foundation for great education for our schools.