OBSM blog

February 2, 2018

I wish you could see one of our students with a camera. Their eyes immediately light up, and even the most dour pre-teen can barely hide a smile. The Camera Project started when two generous OBSM supporters donated four cameras to the school. They wanted our students could have a new artistic outlet and share their daily lives with OBSM supporters all over the world. The project will feature photos by students given a simple task: take a photo of something...

October 3, 2017

Traditional O'Brien Moringa Medicine has been short-listed for the Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship! This student-run business helps the local community by meeting an important need for nutrition while teaching motivated students entrepreneurial skills.


The school has over 20 moringa trees, which are also known as "miracle trees." Almost every part of the tree can be used for food, nutritional supplements, or traditional medicin...

September 27, 2017

The idea is to show people enough different cultures using music to uplift themselves, so that we can see the connections we all have.

- Mark Johnson (Co-Founder of PFC)

At O'Brien School we know the challenges that can come with cultural differences, but we've learned that these differences make up some of the school's greatest strengths. On Playing for Change Day this past weekend, O'Brien School celebrated two of the different cultures that make up our sch...

August 23, 2017

O'Brien School will participate in Playing for Change Day!

"The stoves make my family so happy. Before, mamas and children cooked over open fire. They would cough and get sick a lot because of the smoke. Sometimes, they would get burned or have pain in their eyes too. Women and children would also spend a lot of time gathering wood, and now we do not need as much. We are so thankful." 

- Elisha Clemence, former OBSM student, current secondary school student.

It was my first time back to the O'Brien School for the Maa...

Karibu! (Welcome!)

We hope this blog will help you remain engaged with the O'Brien School for the Maasai's special projects, exciting events, and key on-the-ground updates. We may even have a few guest writers here and there, including Board members, local staff, students, and villagers!

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Hinsdale, IL 60521
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