EUGENE, Ore. -- O Heroes hosted the Connecting Community Heroes (CCH) event in Jaqua 101 on Sunday, Feb. 9. The event, put on in conjunction with the Jamii Moja foundation, hosted three influential and progressive Maasai tribespeople from Kenya: Chief Salaton, Warrior/ Elder Sabore and Female Activist Hellen.

Event moderators Carson York (FB) and Kayla Glanville led the afternoon’s panel discussion that gave student-athletes, various UO campus organizations, and the Maasai guests the opportunity to collaborate ideas and experiences regarding global leadership, social change and cultural evolutions.

Over the past year, O Heroes and Student-Athlete Development have been expanding their efforts to international platforms. In addition to local community service initiatives, O Heroes built basketball courts in the Dominican Republic last summer and will head to Peru to build more courts this June.

About The Panel

Chief Salaton Ole’ Ntutu
Chief Salaton is a highly respected visionary and innovative chief in Kenya. He brings the skills he has learned from seven years in the safari into his daily life as a regional tribal chief. He advocates for education, health sanitation and conservation projects.

As a mentor to young Maasai warriors and women, he is a strong supporter of girls’ education. Chief Salaton helps provide boarding school scholarships for young girls, and he maintains a residential shelter on his land in Maji Moto for women with AIDS, rescued girls, and widows.

Hellen Nkuraiya
Hellen Nkuraiya is a Maasai pioneer for girls’ education and prevention of female genital mutilation (FGM). She dedicates her life to the education, health and well being of Maasai girls and women. A tireless advocate for girls’ education, she has established two widows’ villages and has rescued and educated numerous girls. In 2009,
Nkuraiya was chosen from a select group of local women to attend the Women Leaders for the World program (WLW) held at Santa Clara University in California. Nkuraiya is the Founder and Director of Enkiteng Lepa School in Maji Moto.

Sabore Oyie
As a Maasai Warrior & Elder, Sabore Oyie has paved the way for his brothers and sisters to attend school. The eldest of 17 children, he credits the influence of his grandmother and the inspiration and sacrifices of his mother for teaching him the importance of female education.

Oyie paved the way for his brothers and sisters to attend school, and he is currently the guardian for his youngest sister. As the next generation of Maasai leadership, he travels the globe working with governments and NGOS to promote equal treatment of girls in Kenya.

More about Jamii Moja foundation
The Jamii Moja foundation is a 100% volunteer driven 501 (c) 3 organization that seeks to enable African communities to improve their quality of life through scholarships, maintenance of the Enkiteng Lepa School and Food program, various medical programs, nature conservancy and more.