First of all, on behalf of the team, allow us to sincerely thank you for finding your way to this month’s blog post. We know it is a crazy time, and that the news is changing every day---no, every hour---and we appreciate the time and brainspace you devoted to arriving here. (Both literally, arriving at this page, and in a broader sense, navigating these uncertain times…perseverance is truly a virtue, keep up the good work, friend.) In the following post, we will be discussing our team’s progress for the month of March, with all the changes and unknowns that it has brought with it. We hope you find it a bit of a more relaxing read than the news that seems to always be breaking, and most of all we hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy.
In early March, the team left for spring break and returned to a very different national reality: online classes, social distancing, and all the other continually developing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite these rapid changes, we are proud to say that not only have we been very adaptive as a team, transitioning to Zoom meetings and rethinking project plans, but we have achieved many of our goals, even amidst the changes and uncertainty!
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With big changes being made to our semester due to COVID-19, our goals have slightly changed for the end of the Spring 2020 semester. We have halted our efforts to fundraise and no longer will be focusing on planning for a summer trip to Kenya. With this being said, our momentum has not been slowed! Our team is considering moving the Kenya trip to December of 2020. In the meantime we plan to stay busy with the following goals:
My name is Miles Miller and my Maasai name is Ole Rakwa. I have been managing the development of the Maasai Automotive Education Centre for the past year and am back in Maasailand with my team for the next two months to work on the first stages of implementation and research for MAEC. It’s good to be back!