Bordering the Masai Mara game reserve is a Masai community called Mara Rianda. The community has one primary school, the Mara Rianda Primary 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, in order to raise funds for the school.
The Mara Rianda Charitable Trust is a highly effective UK registered charity run by our good friends Richard and Pola Long, and Nigel Hollingsworth – we feel very privileged to work with them. During his first visit to the school, Richard Long was proudly shown around by head teacher Lawrence. The school had less than 250 pupils at that time and the facilities were very basic. In some rooms there were four pupils to a desk. All the textbooks were falling apart but were cherished by those using them.
Richard 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 his many friends and colleagues back home, and they became a by-line for fundraising to support the school. On projects where we (Governors’ Camp Collection) collaborate with the Trust, it is normal that the Trust provides funding for construction and development work which we undertake and oversee 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!
Thank you to our friends at MRCT for their support and thank you to Luke Koch de Gooreynd for putting together the VIDEO.