Bordering the Masai Mara game reserve is a masai community called Mara Rianda. The community has one primary school, the Mara Rianda School. It was started by Masai parents who sold a few cattle to raise the necessary funds to build a few mud and wattle huts to educate their children. At the request of the local community Governors’ Camp Collection together with the BBC team from Big Cat Diary then got involved to help, and in 2004 clients of Governors’ Camp set up the Mara Rianda Charitable trust, to raise funds for the school. The Mara Rianda Charitable Trust is a highly effective UK registered charity and we feel privileged to work with them. On projects where we collaborate with Mara Rianda Chritable Trust it is normal that the Trust provides funding for construction and development work which we undertake on the ground on their behalf. Directly and together with our development partners we now have over 3,000 children in Primary Schools learning in classrooms constructed as a result of the programmes run by ourselves – a record of which we are very proud. Together with the Mara Rianda Charitable Trust our support of the school to date has included:
- Building 4 classroom blocks (with 17 classes) and 1 library
- Building teacher accommodation for 6 teachers.
- Constructing a dining hall (for 500 students)
- Putting in a borehole, water tower, tanks and solar pump to supply fresh water
- Intallation of water purification and washing facilities
- Installation of rainwater collection and storage systems
- Constructed spring water collection systems and installing a windmill pump
- Installation of solar lighting
- Constructed pit latrines
- Paying the salaries of 4 teachers (half the teaching staff)
- Supporting exceptional students through secondary education
- Donated large quantities of books, stationery, desks, cupboards and teaching materials
- Provided logistical support to transport papers during exam times.
Here is a link to the latest newsletter from Mara Rianda Charitable Trust.