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 two boys to complete high school and currently we have one girl and two boys 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 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 been able to provide materials and a local builder to undertake the repair of several classrooms and help build new ablution facilities with money raised from generous clients plus their friends and family.
Local Maasai Villages
Ole Keene Maasai village directly benefits from Mara Explorers 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. Along with the help of donations and volunteers from Australia we have been able to build this village a block of two toilets to help curb the spread of Typhoid.
We also work closely with other surrounding villages and we employ several members of the local Maasai community, providing them with further training in areas such as first aid and driving and assisting them in obtaining further qualifications such as in guiding, bee keeping and 4×4 driving to advance their future careers.