Most Manyatta (Masai villages) have many small children, who are expected to contribute to the life of the village, collecting firewood, repairing the mud huts, and in the case of the boys, husbanding livestock. However, it is vital that Masai communities also receive an education, so that they are not left behind or unable to balance traditions with progress.
Mara Bushtops has made a particular effort to support our nearest school, four kilometres from the camp. More than 800 pupils, aged from pre-school to 18, attend Nkoilale School. There are only 14 government-paid teachers, assisted by four teachers sponsored by parents. Our funds, and generous sponsorship from participating guests, has been able to transform the school in recent years.
Together we have:
Mark Gee, The Art of Night photographer who regularly hosts Wildlife- and Astrophotography workshops at Bushtops took some time out with the children to conduct a mini photography workshop. Take a look:
We are currently supporting 44 young boarders at the School. If you would like to become a sponsor, we would be delighted to talk through how this works, when you visit. It costs US$195 to sponsor a boy or girl’s boarding for a full year and of course one-off donations are always welcome, particularly to help fund the dining hall construction project.
Pack for a Purpose
If you would like to bring something for the schoolchildren on your visit, there is always a shortage of staple supplies, like pens and paper, clothes and footballs, etc.
We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and bring supplies for area schools or medical clinics in need, you’ll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families. Please click here to see what supplies are needed for our project/projects.