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We Support the Mpopongi Primary School

We believe strongly that education promotes empowerment. That’s why Natural Habitat Safaris, in partnership with Leleshwa Camp, has chosen to support Mpopongi Primary School on the Siana Conservancy in the Maasai Mara. Through this association that began in 2007, we not only support the students directly, but we are able to benefit the wider community through initiatives that transform lives.

How We Help

With donations from Leleshwa Camp guests and contributions made on behalf of each Natural Habitat Safaris client (US$6 per person per night), we have been able to contribute more than $30,000 to provide:

  • Basic supplies and curriculum materials for students, such as pencils, writing paper and textbooks
  • Salary support, training and teaching aids for teachers
  • Building construction, classroom equipment, maintenance and solar energy provision
  • Educational enrichment through sponsorship of special events such as Sports Day, Prize Day and Conservation Days. In conjunction with Maasai community members, on conservation days students experience excursions into the bush with our guides, conservation-focused lessons, and a chance to view their natural environs through the eyes of a tourist, significant impacting their future perspectives.
  • Student scholarships: A key step toward breaking the cycle of personal and community poverty is through education. Education is the most important component in enhancing future income-earning potential. We are proud to provide scholarships for 20 boarding students.
  • Individual secondary student sponsorship: Once a child completes primary school, the opportunity exists for our guests to provide a Natural Habitat Scholarship, enabling a high-achieving student to receive a 4-year secondary education. We disburse the scholarship funds directly to the school, monitor the child’s performance, and ensure that the sponsors receive regular updates on their child’s progress.

Why Education Matters

We could share multiple stories of the impact that our support for local education has had. Here are just two:

One day a young Maasai girl, Janet Rinka, and her elderly father from the local Siana community wandered into Leleshwa Camp. Just 13 years old, Janet was about to married off for dowry. Like many Maasai girls her age, Janet knew that education was the only way she could escape from the traditions that would bind her forever. On that day, she had a chance to change the course of her life journey, and with Leleshwa Camp’s assistance, Janet has now completed secondary school, opening the door to employment opportunities and a future filled with potential.

During the severe drought of 2009, many Maasai communities suffered major losses of their sole source of income, their livestock. With families left financially destitute, students withdrew from school due to unpaid fees. Leleshwa Camp saw the need to intervene, and along with community elders identified 20 of the most needy students to provide them with sponsorship. Without this assistance, those students might never have returned to school. We are grateful to be able to make a real difference in young people’s lives, which benefits the entire community.

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