We support schools near key conservation areas in Kenya and Tanzania by fundraising for their development priorities and providing school supplies. This ensures that communities living near conservation areas receive direct benefits from tourism.
Ura Gate Primary school – near Elsa’s Kopje, Meru National Park
Ura Gate Primary School caters for over 400 children in the rural agricultural community adjacent to Meru National Park. In the past 4 years, the passion and dedication of the Camp Manager and generous donations from visitors at Elsa’s have enabled us to build and recondition 7 classrooms, a new kitchen, a dining hall, two senior staff offices, a bookstore, a staff room together with installing water in the staff and dining blocks. We have purchased over 200 solar lantern lamps, provided sanitary pads, stationery items, balls and art and craft materials, scissors, visual aids, colored chalks, jerseys and dolls.
The school is located in an area that gets very dry during some months of the year, leading to scarcity of food in the region. Thanks to the generous donors, we have been able to provide over 6,000 meals to the children of Ura Gate, providing an additional incentive for families to send their children to school.
The current most pressing need for Ura Gate is 2 dormitories at a cost of $20,000.
Ololomei Primary School – near Elephant Pepper Camp, Mara North Conservancy
Ololomei Primary School caters for 380 children from the rural pastoralist community adjacent to Mara North Conservancy. In the past 4 years, generous donations from visitors at Elephant Pepper Camp have enabled us to purchase over 380 pairs of shoes and socks, 50 desks enough to sit 200 pupils, assorted textbooks and school stationery.
The current most pressing need for Ololomei Primary School is 1 classroom at a cost of $13,600.
Embiti Primary School – near Sand River Mara
Embiti Primary School caters for 80 children from the local pastoralist community adjacent to Maasai Mara National Reserve. The school has only 2 permanent and 1 semi-permanent classroom. Together with Sand River Mara, we have recently contructed them their first ablution block.
The current most pressing need for Embiti Primary School is a classroom block at a cost of $10,000.
Engilae Primary school – near Kitich Camp, Mathews Forest
Engilae Primary School caters for over 330 children in the rural pastoralist community adjacent to Mathews Forest. In the past 4 years, generous donations from visitors at Kitich Camp have enabled us to purchase the following items for Engilae Primary School: 50 mattresses, school stationery including water colors & brushes, pens, crayons sharpeners calculators, visual aids and other educational materials, plus clothing items which include over 50 jerseys and personal hygiene products. Thanks to the generosity of one of our donors, we also installed a rainwater harvesting system at a total cost of $10,000.
The current most pressing need for Engilae Primary School is 48 bunk beds at a total cost of $5,550.
Esiteti Primary School – near Tortilis Camp, Amboseli National Park
Esiteti Primary School caters for over 400 children from the pastoralist community adjacent to Amboseli National Park. In the past 4 years, generous donations from visitors at Tortilis Camp have enabled us to purchase over 900 textbooks, and 150 kilos of stationery, the setting up of volleyball and football pitches as well as football kits for 4 teams. We have also raised over $13,500 that has gone towards refurbishment and expansion of buildings in the school.
The most current pressing need for Esiteti Primary School is furniture for the new dining hall (benches and tables). Contact us to find out more about the costs.
Ganako Primary School – near The Manor at Ngorongoro
Ganako Primary School caters for 489 – girls are 239 and boys 250. 8 students have special needs, 1 is completely blind and the others deaf and partially sighted. Together with The Manor, we are proud to start supporting this school to meet its developmental needs.