Currently the Maa Trust is facilitating full sponsored bursaries for six children in primary school, all of whom have come from underprivileged backgrounds – fleeing circumcision, forced marriage or child labour. We also support one girl in secondary school and one in university. We often receive urgent appeals regarding children who are desperately in need of assistance. Please do get in touch if you would be interested to give a child the gift of education and safety they would otherwise not receive.
The Maa Trust helps to raise funding for the Naserian Foundation – a scholarship scheme for orphans and children from single parent families – by selling booklets on Maasai language and culture. The sale of each booklet provides day school fees for one child for one term.
Through safari camp shops and Maa Beadwork’s outlet at our HQ, we also supply textbooks that have been identified as most needed by local schools. Guests can buy these books for the schools, write a supportive message to students in the front cover and then either deliver them personally, or the Trust can deliver them to the school on their behalf.
As often as possible, the conservancies’ camps send their safari vehicles and guides to take beadwork members or school children for game drives in the core conservation area. For many of the passengers, this is the first time they see iconic species at close range. Through game drives and nature walks, the rationale behind conservation decisions and steps that can be taken to reduce environmental impacts are explained. We have found that learning about wildlife first hand from trained Maasai guides inspires Maasai children to follow in their footsteps and grow up as ‘eco warriors’, protecting their heritage lands and species.
The Maa Trust collaborates with donors and schools to build much-needed infrastructure such as classrooms, rainwater harvesting systems, toilets, dormitories and teacher housing. We have undertaken a needs assessment for all 17 schools that we work with across the Maasai Mara.
We ensure that communities contribute a minimum of 5% towards every school infrastructure project, so as to ensure that the projects are well maintained and looked after.
Another of our goals for the near future is to install biogas systems in schools that will convert waste to cooking fuel, thus providing a desperately needed free and reliable alternative to firewood, which is currently being taken from the ecosystem at an alarming and destructive rate.
If you are interested in supporting education initiatives please get in touch with us and we will work with you to ensure that the school’s greatest needs are met in an efficient, transparent, secure and sustainable way.