The Maa Trust also partners with many brilliant organisations. Rather than reinventing the wheel, we collaborate with experts in the various fields in which we work. These include:
Dig Deep is a UK based NGO who work towards breaking the cycle of poverty through water and sanitation projects in rural Kenyan communities. Working together, we implement training and appropriate technologies to bring about sustainable improvements in health and education across the Mara. Dig Deep work with university students in the UK who fundraise by climbing Kilimanjaro, Mt. Kenya, the Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu and the like. We partner with Dig Deep on all water and sanitation projects, they provide technical expertise and we provide on the ground knowledge and assistance.
Africa Exchange has been a long term partner of The Maa Trust, channeling donations to us from the States with no commission, which is incredibly generous and allows for sponsors to claim tax back. Africa Exchange have also been supporting Maa Honey with kind donations of equipment that have allowed The Maa Trust team to relocate all hives into safe areas within the conservancies and harvest the honey in-house. Africa Exchange donated 60 supper frames this year, allowing the women members of Maa Honey to now immediately replace suppers when they are collected, and in some cases put two suppers per hive to allow for double yield. We are extremely grateful for this support and we look forward to working with Africa Exchange going forward.
Basecamp Foundations’ mission is “to leave a positive footprint” by undertaking and supporting sustainable destination development projects. The Maa Trust and Dig Deep are currently working together with Basecamp Foundation on two community rainwater harvesting projects in the Maasai Mara: Rekero and Olesere.
Kicheche Community Trust supports projects in and around the conservancies where Kicheche Camps operate. Their mission is to encourage the preservation of the environment whilst improving the welfare of the community through improved health and education facilities. The Maa Trust facilitates Mara-based projects for Kicheche Community Trust.
Tusk Trust is dedicated to working with local partners to protect wildlife while reducing poverty and providing educational opportunities throughout Africa. By partnering with local organisations, including The Maa Trust, Tusk Trust is combining conservation, education and community programmes to make positive change – one step at a time. Tusk Trust has been a continued supporter of the trust for many years and together we are making great progress with conservation-based community outreach work in the Mara.
Asilia Giving fundraise through Asilia Camps to support causes, including The Maa Trust, in the areas where they operate that are essential to the continued existence of Africa’s wild places. To date, Asilia Giving have supported Maa Beadwork’s outreach work and infrastructure construction at Mbitin and Olkuroto Primary Schools.
Africa Digna promotes a dignified life for African people in Kenya and Rwanda, providing local social entrepreneurs with financial support for self-sustainable projects in health and education. They provide organisations, including The Maa Trust, financial support to enable them to carry out projects of direct intervention that take into account the final beneficiaries. Together we have undertaken water and school infrastructure projects across the Maasai Mara.
We are fortunate to be part of Common Sense’s Non-Profit Program that assists organisations such as The Maa Trust with a form of management consultancy. They are really helping us to develop our branding and online presence as well as facilitating our US non-profit registration. We really appreciate their support and guidance.
The Maa Trust collaborates with Kenya Wildlife Trust, and especially their Mara Lion and Mara Cheetah Projects that are our HQ neighbours. The lion and cheetah projects’ community outreach team hold educational workshops for our beadwork groups. These are extremely useful in stressing the critical link between income earned and wildlife. We also partner on conservancy education trips for school children within the conservancy.
Although the reach of the trust has increased over time, Olare Motorogi Conservancy is very much at our heart. The trust was initially created as the community outreach arm of the conservancy and we continue to work together closely. We regularly meet with the conservancy management to discuss any arising community issues and many of our interventions are targeted to address these challenges to conservation and wildlife.
The Maa Trust works in collaboration with the Maasai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Association which is a membership organisation of all the Mara conservancies. Their aim is to support these conservancies and conservation areas through political lobbying and coordinating efforts to address overarching challenges such as land use and livelihoods.