Positive impact
Positive impact

Positive impact

Projects in Kenya

By making bold, and often pioneering, investments into areas that are ecologically and economically vulnerable, we aim to turn these areas into viable conservation economies, benefitting both the local communities as well as the environment.

 

We acknowledge that people and nature are inseparable partners, so we work closely with communities, authorities, NGOs and industry partners to achieve the best possible long-term outcomes for all concerned. With the help of our guests, who contribute a levy of US$5 for each night that they stay with us, we’re able to make the most significant positive impact towards our goal of empowering these areas, including the communities and wildlife that call them home.

Twende Porini

Twende Porini

Our Twende Porini programme welcomes children from local communities to experience what a safari is all about. As well as having plenty of fun as our guests, they learn about the importance of protecting our wildlife and conserving the areas that we call home, and the benefit that tourism can have for their communities.

Maa Beadwork

Maa Beadwork

Maa Beadwork empowers local women to use their traditional Maasai beadwork to improve their lives and the lives of those in their community. The women create beautiful, hand-made beaded items that are sold in our camp stores, thereby providing an income to support their families.

FGM Education

FGM Education

Changing sociocultural norms requires a multi-pronged approach. Female Genital Mutilation is a traditional practice that is prohibited yet still carried out in local communities. Together with anti-FGM ambassadors, The Maa Trust has implemented education programmes and offer alternative rite of passage programmes, to help end the practice of FGM.

Maa Honey

Maa Honey

Maa Honey combines the conservation of African bees with the need for sustainable income generation. Beehives are owned by a group of local women who harvest and bottle the honey, which is then sold to camps across the Mara, providing an income for the women and employment opportunities in the Mara.

Children and Youth Programm

Children and Youth Programm

Through this programme, The Maa Trust offers career guidance and scholarships to the youth in the Mara. Each child identifies their desired career, is provided with close guidance and is given the opportunity and means to achieve these goals.

Rhino Ark

Rhino Ark

Rhino Ark develops and implements practical solutions to the challenges affecting Kenya’s mountain forests, Mount Kenya, The Abedares and Mau/Eburu Forests. They have built a fence to protect the South Western Mau Ecosystem and provide education and empowerment opportunities to benefit surrounding communities.

Mara Predator Conservation Programme

Mara Predator Conservation Programme

The Mara Predator Conservation Programme’s efforts span three primary areas with robust carnivore populations in Kenya – The Greater Mara, Amboseli/Tsavo, and Laikipia/Samburu. By providing conservation education, supporting wildlife clubs, and sharing vital information, the programme helps to protect and support the predator populations of Kenya.

Mara Elephant Project

Mara Elephant Project

The Mara Elephant Project saves and protects the African elephant population in the Mara by combatting poaching operations; collaring, monitoring and researching elephants; and mitigating human-elephant conflict across their large dispersal area.

Pardamat Conservation Area/Wildlife Tourism College of Maasai Mara

Pardamat Conservation Area/Wildlife Tourism College of Maasai Mara

The Wildlife Tourism College of Maasai Mara was started out of necessity to expand the current Koiyaki Guiding School. Currently, the school is being relocated to Endoinyo Erinka within the Pardamat Conservation Area so that it is easier to access. The school provides opportunities for youth to study and, after graduating, acquire permanent jobs in their chosen field.

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