Co-creating a Sustainable Future with the Maasai


The Maa word Osotua means the "invisible umbilical cord" which unites us all. If we are in need and ask for help, others will come to our aid. Being one of the strongest concepts within the Maa culture, it captures the aim of our foundation very well.

In collaboration with Maasai in the Mara - our partners below - we co-create and implement sustainable livelihood- and land-use management systems by connecting ecology, economy and anthropology, improving the health and lives of Maasai, livestock and ecosystem in an eco-friendly and socially sustainable way. 

Learn more about our partners and projects below.

Nkoilale Community Development Organisation (NCDO)

and the Olosinko Methodoogy

NCDO was founded to connect two Maasai communities and improve their health care, water access, income and education. These communities are facing the degradation of their land and harsh droughts due to climate change.

The Olosinko Initiative is our flagship project. Together with NCDO, we aim to develop and implement holisitic grazing management, wildlife-friendly protection and alternative sources of income for the Maasai in Nkoilale Community in order to beat climate change and co-create a sustainable future for them. 

Thanks to your funding, we have already taken significant steps towards achieving our goals, yet a lot remains to be done. We are currently still in need of 

€ 45,000

Every Euro you donate,

Wilde Ganzen will match with 50 cents! We work together to set up social businesses, improve homesteads by implementing rainwater catchment and private land use management systems, as well as integrate a holistic grazing management plan which includes "training the trainers".

Thanks to your funding, we have already taken significant steps towards achieving our goals, yet a lot remains to be done. We are currently still in need of 

€ 21.750

to build an integrated sewage system and biogas installation at the school, to purchase a school bus which will bring young children safely to school and allow them to go on excursions, to sponsor 35 children who do not have access to high-quality education. 

Enkiteng Lepa School (Tepesua)

Enkiteng Lepa means "Our cow that gives milk". In this case, it refers to the communal cow which gives milk, benefiting the community in the process. This is symbolic of the Enkiteng Lepa Primay School which provides young girls with an education, protecting them from an early marriage and female genital mutilation. Located in Maji Moto, it is the first private Maasai school in Kenya.

At the Osotua Foundation, we help to collect funding for building projects at the school and for those children who cannot afford to get an education.

White Mountain Movement

Oldoyno Oibor, meaning "white mountain", is the Maasai name for Kilimanjaro. Being an iconic landmark for Kenya - in addition to the Maasai and lions - as well as an important water source for the country, it embodies the aim of White Mountain.

The Initiative seeks to connect Maasai and stakeholders to encourage the exchange of information about improving their livelhood and ecosystem, funding and creating awareness of the Maasai landscape

Discover White Mountain's coffee table book and virtual reality movie today!

African Conservation Centre (ACC)

We are going to work together on wildlife conservation and women empowerment!

More information to follow.


The idea for a sustainable ecosystem restoration concept for the savanna to survive climate change started in 2012 when founder Dieke Geerling lived among the Maasai in Loita Plains for almost 2 months.

The Osotua Foundation combines Dieke's ideas, experiences and knowledge which she accumulated while living and working in the savannas of Africa for a greater part of her life. During her visits to the savannas over the years, Dieke observed their accelerated deterioration, especially within the last 3 years. Her passion for this ecosystem urges her to support its inhabitants of by making it future-proof. She believes that Ecology, Economics and Anthropology are essential components to achieving this goal holistically.

With the help of her board members and advisors, she is making this dream a reality!


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Phone: (+31) 6 1445 1891

Email: info@osotuafoundation.com


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Account: NL03TRIO 0390 938 890


Photos on the website courtesy of Marielle de Valk

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