Sponsorship of Students
Mara Explorers with the help of some amazing clients and friends are now proud to be facilitating the sponsorship of several students from the local community who without help would not be in school due to their family situations. Since 2011 we’ve helped one girl and one boy to complete high school and currently we have one girl and one boy in primary school in Maasai Mara, one girl in a special primary school for the deaf and two boys and three girls in different high school around Narok county.
For more information about all our sponsored students and how you can help have a look at our blog post here: Sponsored Students
Pack for a Purpose
We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travellers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and bring supplies for area schools or medical clinics in need, you’ll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families. Please click here to see what supplies are needed for our project/projects.
Ole Keene Primary School
Mara Explorers Camp works closely with Ole Keene Primary School 1km away and we encourage all our guests to take a visit there during term time and spend some time with the teachers and pupils. For guests who wish to stay longer we can arrange for you to spend a week or two volunteer teaching.
Many of the students come from very poor families and the school is not covered by the government’s school feeding program meaning malnutrition is a big problem. For this reason we came up with the idea of The Porridge Project which provides the school students with porridge for lunch every day and is sustained through generous donations from clients and tour operators. We have also recently been able to provide materials and a local builder to undertake the repair of several classrooms with money raised from very generous clients plus their friends and family.
Local Maasai Villages
Ole Keene Maasai village directly benefits from Mara Explorers Camp as for every client who stays here a part of the camping/accommodation fee goes to them as well as the lease fee which we pay them annually.
We also work closely with other surrounding villages and sometimes organise village clean up weekends where we provide communities with bin bags and join them in collecting all the rubbish disregarded around their villages which is then burned with metal and glass being recycled. At that time respected Maasai elders educate the villagers in the negative environmental and visual impacts of littering and at the end of the day we provide all the children who joined in with a packet of Maize flour for their family. We hope in future to be able to provide large metal drums to the village shops where rubbish can be disposed of and then burned as one of the main problems is a lack of facilities.
We are currently embarking on a new initiative with several local villages after they came to us and requested our help in constructing toilet blocks. Very few local villages have proper toilet facilities and therefore the rate of diseases especially Typhoid is very high. Over the coming months with the help of villagers, volunteers and our team at the camp we hope to provide up to three villages with toilets.