Providing access to quality primary school education in the Masai Mara
Two decades ago, a group of Maasai parents came together and sold a few cattle in order to raise the funds necessary to build a small primary school to educate their children. Soon after, Governors’ Camp Collection together with the BBC team from Big Cat Diary got involved to provide further funding. Back then the school had less than 250 pupils and the facilities were very basic. In some rooms there were four pupils at a desk. All the textbooks were falling apart but were cherished by those using them.
In 2004, whilst on safari with Governors’, one of our guests (Richard Long) visited the school and kindly asked the head teacher what they needed, to which he answered ‘Chalk would be a miracle!’ His simple request shocked Richard, who shared those words with many friends and colleagues back home in the UK. Soon after this, Richard and his wife Pola, along with their friends Nigel Hollingsworth and Collin Bird, set up a highly effective UK registered charity called The Mara Rianda Charitable Trust (MRCT) in order to significantly improve the facilities at the school and the lives of the children and staff.
On projects where we collaborate with the Trust, it is normal that the Trust provides funding for construction and development work which we then facilitate on the ground. 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!
Thank you to our friends at MRCT for their tremendous support. You can learn more about the school in this short VIDEO.
Together with the MRCT our support of the school to date has included:
In-kind donations from our guests are gratefully received
The founders of The Mara Rianda Charitable Trust
Inside the newly constructed girls dormitory
Interested guests are welcome to visit the school during term time. Please arrange this through the Camp Manager or your guide. In-kind donations are gratefully received, please visit the Packing for a Difference section of our website for ideas of what items are most useful. We are able to purchase supplies in advance of your arrival and have them ready for you to distribute during your stay with us to save you having to carry supplies as part of your limited luggage allowance. Donations for supplies can be made via our secure online payment platform.
If you would like to sponsor a child through secondary school or help to pay towards a teachers salary, please do get in touch with us firstname.lastname@example.org