Overview:
In 2012 we began sponsoring our first student. Since then Mara Explorers has helped over fifteen students get a chance at education which they wouldn’t otherwise have been able to afford.

Explanation:
Primary school runs for eight years in Kenya followed by High School for a further four years, a polytechnic college is another option. Beyond high school there are various universities and college courses available depending on the particular student and if they have an interest in further studies.

The cost of school fees and expenses of uniforms and books are however beyond the reach of many Kenyan families and, especially in this area where the importance of education is only just getting through to parents, many children are not in school. Taking into account uniforms, transport, books and school fees, to get one child through primary school can cost an average of KES 25,000 per year and high school can be anywhere from KES 60,000-100,000 per year. University and college courses can run around KES 300,000 ($3000) per year. Bearing in mind many families in rural Kenya can have an average of 5-10 children this means many won’t get a chance at a proper education.

Currently we have the following students in school who are funded through donations, profits and sales from our camp gift shop:

Sarah Koshal - Sarah is now in her final year at Siana Boarding Primary School and has been sponsored since 2012. She was rescued from an early marriage aged 11 after her father arranged her dowry payment and she ran away to Ole Keene Primary School for help. Her father was initially arrested and for her safety at the time we decided to transfer her to a boarding school a bit further from home however her family are now happy she is in school. Sarah is fully sponsored by Mara Explorers.

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Edward Lempoyio - After growing up in various villages surrounding our camp and dropping out of Ole Keene Primary School due to lack of fees aged 15, Edward made the decision to try and raise school fees for himself by coming to us to ask for night security work in 2013. He his one of 9 children being brought up by his mother alone after he father moved away from the area. After seeing his commitment to work and education we opted to sponsor Edward through the remaining five years of his primary education and in return he has always helped us out in the camp during his school holidays. Edward completed primary school in 2017 and is now enrolled at Narok Polytechnic College in Narok studying a two year course in Electrics and Wiring. Edward is fully sponsored by Mara Explorers.

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Ann Lemurt - One of our previous guests Lindsey, a teacher, has visited us three times and volunteered in Ole Keene Primary School for several weeks. She followed up on how Ann was getting on after completing primary school in 2016 and asked whether she had an interest to go to High School. Ann was amongst the first few students to sit KCPEs at Ole Keene Primary School at the end of 2015 when the first students reached class 8. We sought Ann out and found she had scored over 300 marks in her exams which was a great achievement coming from a small understaffed and underfunded school like Ole Keene. She later brought us an acceptance letter from a good private school in Gilgil near Nakuru and Lindsey immediately set about raising the first years fees required which she achieved in just 4 days! Fully sponsored by Lindsey, Ann is now in her third year in Springs High School and is adapting well to life outside of Maasai Mara, currently maintaining a B grade in all her end of term exams and she would like to be a nurse eventually.

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Milton Morera – We were asked if we could assist Milton after his mother died and his family could only afford to send him to a small underfunded village school and yet he had been granted a place at Father Ntaiyia Jubilee Boarding Primary School in Narok. The Halsall family from England were happy to cover his school fees to enable him to go to the better school where he is currently in class 5. His personal shopping items for school and travel expenses in the holidays are covered by Mara Explorers.

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Pianto Tanin – Pianto was brought to our attention in 2016, she was enrolled in Kedowa Special Primary School for the deaf however after the death of her father her family were unable to afford to pay her school fees. Pianto was born deaf but is very bright and has visited our camp in her holidays and has no problems interacting with a wide variety of people. Her school fees are now covered by the Cull family from England and we have visited her mother and siblings in the Mosiro area of Kenya where she is from and has a very happy home life.

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Benard Sanaet – Benard has grown up in Ole Keene and after primary school in 2013 his family did not have fees for his high school education. One of our regular clients, a tour leader with Rotel, offered to cover all of his high school costs and he completed Olololunga High School in 2017. She is now continuing to cover his further college education and he is currently studying Business at Kenya Institute of Management in Narok.

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Mercy Lesaloi - Mercy is from the basic township of Duka Moja near Narok. She has always been very focused in her studies and performed well in primary school however her father is an alcoholic who has abandoned his family and her mother could not raise funds for her high school education alone. We were asked if we could assist with the payment of her school fees in order for her to continue on to High School and she is now in Form 2 at Sekenani Girls High School, Maasai Mara.

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