We have always known that BEADS' mission can only succeed with the support of the local Maasai people. One of our most important supporters among the Maasai is Patrick Papatiti.
Patrick is a Maasai warrior, known as Moran. In fact, he is the leader of 8,000 warriors in the region where he lives. The tribal elders bestowed this honor upon Patrick, and he will hold the position for life.
Patrick believes in the power of education. BEADS secured a sponsorship for Patrick, so that he could graduate from high school at the age of 31. His influence within the community on women's issues and the importance of education has been critical to our success. BEADS owes him much.
Here is an article written by Patrick in 2007, close to his graduation.