We are thrilled to share that The Maa Trust has had a phenomenal year! We could not have done it without the generosity of our supporters and we can’t wait to share everything we have accomplished with you.
Rainwater Harvesting Project and combined Early Childhood Development School
One particular highlight was the launching of Ng’ila Community Rainwater Harvesting Project and combined Early Childhood Development School. This school has transformed the lives of 96 children who previously studied under the hot African sun and are now able to enjoy a brand-new school. In the final quarter of the year, a 12-year-old Asilia guest has fundraised to complete the final two classrooms at this school which are currently being constructed.
Street Business School Programme
Another 37 budding entrepreneurs in Enkupelia, 11 men and 26 women, have graduated
from the Street Business School programme taking the total to 178 across the ecosystem.
For the first time since inception 10 years ago, Maa Beadwork is going to break even in 2023. This is a significant milestone for any social enterprise, and we are excited to see how it will continue to grow and prosper in future years. Many thanks to all of our customers!
Community Led Alternative Rites of Passage
Another significant achievement in 2023 was the Community Led Alternative Rites of Passage (CLARP) programme which saw 140 girls (double as many as 2022) be blessed by their elders and pastors transitioning from girlhood to womanhood, without undergoing female genital mutilation.
Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Centre
In 2023, The Maa Trust took on its largest ever capital project – the construction and equipping of a Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Centre in Talek. This will be the first facility in the Maasai Mara which has a theatre to provide caesarean sections as well as a neonatal high dependency unit and maternity shelter. The facility will be completed and equipped in December ready for opening its doors in January 2024.
2023 Achievement Summary
These are not just abstract numbers; they represent the lives that you have touched, the communities that you have strengthened, and the ecosystems you have safeguarded. Your contributions have had, and continue to have, an intense and lasting impact. We are profoundly and deeply grateful for your support. These achievements can only be reached by working together.
As we reflect on these achievements, we look to the future with a deep sense of gratitude and tingling anticipation, knowing that together we can continue to make a real and lasting impact for both community development and wildlife conservation.
The Maa Trust approaches conservation through a unique way – through sustainable community development. If people and their impacts were removed from the ecosystem, flora and fauna would thrive. To achieve sustainable conservation, it is critical to work with, and not against local communities.
The Maa Trust works towards conserving the beautiful Maasai Mara Ecosystem by empowering the Maasai communities who live within it through our three pillars: Education and Child Protection, Water and Health, and Sustainable Livelihoods.
Given that our mission is an ongoing journey that requires sustained support, we invite you to consider making a year-end donation to help us build upon the momentum we have achieved together so far this year. Your support, regardless of the amount, will contribute to the success of our programmes and make a meaningful difference in the lives of Maasai families. In particular, by making recurring donations you could join our Maa Guardians programme and play an invaluable role, enabling us to plan for the future.
This Giving Tuesday, the global day of giving, we extend a warm invitation to all friends and supporters of The Maa Trust to join us on this day and play a part in supporting sustainable community development and wildlife conservation in the Maasai Mara ecosystem.