About Sironka

Sironka is a Kenyan Maasai visual artist with an amazing talent for art.  In 2001, he was awarded the prestigious Fulbright award for improving cultural exploration and enhancing the youth’s artistic capacities.  As a scholar, Sironka taught Batik art and Maasai culture at Whitworth College in Spokane, WA.  Despite only teaching at the university for a few years, he made a profound impact on his students, each of whom showed a tremendous respect for him.  Sironka also taught at other colleges and even high schools in the United States before heading back to his home country.  With the goal of improving cultural relations, Sironka has worked with the people of Maasai to educate them and improve their living conditions.  He has also provided hope that they may once be free of the problems they face everyday.

Sironka expresses himself through paintings that reflect the many facets of Maasai culture.  He spends his days painting and holding lectures to help people gain an understanding of his people.  In doing so, Sironka hopes to improve the visibility of his people and encourage funding of public works projects in the area.

Scholarship Program for Girls

One of the programs that Sironka created for his people is the school sponsorship program.  Although it’s only for girls at the time, this generous scholarship program makes payments for school fees.  The educational programs teach Maasai culture, the good and the bad.  One of the items Sironka would like his country to move away from is young-age marriage of girls.  In response, he has created the 4-year high school program that is intended to improve the mental health of the girls and help them escape early and unwanted marriages they have previously been forced into.  The program has been running for the past 18 years and has helped countless girls secure their futures.

Most schools in Kenya are either for boys or girls, but never both.  School terms run for 3 months at a time.  Sironka is asking for your support to help young adults live more healthy, successful lives away from the poverty of their home.  School fee payment donations can be send to:

Spokane World Cultures and Language Center
502 E. 3rd Avenue
Spokane, WA 99202
USA

Direct any questions to: sironkamaasai@yahoo.com