Water & Health

Access to clean and safe water is a challenge for most of the households in the Mara.

At the Maa Trust, we base all of our projects on innovation, sustainability, efficiency and practicality. We have found that extracting water from boreholes is not only expensive, but incurs major maintenance issues that can easily be avoided.

Women bear the burden of providing water for families and so they spend a lot of time walking long distances to collect water. Walking up hills and along rivers puts women at risk of human wildlife conflict. 

To address these problems, The Maa Trust constructs water projects in schools and communities. Infrastructure constructed by The Maa Trust includes six community rainwater harvesting systems, two spring rehabilitations and smaller rainwater harvesting systems at schools and households. 

Thanks to two project constructed in 2019, an additional 5600 people can now access safe water, increasing the total to 10,400 people.


of homes do not have a toilet


people now accessing safe water from a spring or community rainwater harvesting project.


people received medical care through the integrated community healthcare project in 2021


population growth in the Maasai Mara


girls have their first baby while still a child themselves

Healthcare access and provision in the Maasai Mara is very poor quality and does not reach rural communities.
In 2019, the Integrated Community Healthcare Project (ICHP) was started to address Population, Health and Environment issues in the Maasai Mara Ecosystem. The project will actively create awareness and increase understanding of and access to Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) across the Maasai Mara Ecosystem through an integrated healthcare approach.


Services are provided by:

  • Six community based mobilisers working door-to-door

  • Referrals to six partner facilities

  • Mobile medical camps in rural communities four times each month

  • Backpack nurse satisfying unmet medical needs in rural communities

because of Wildlife.

Promoting healthy lives and wellbeing of communities in the Maasai Mara through access to quality healthcare, safe water and WASH training.

The water and health pillar focuses on improving the health and wellbeing of community members through preventative and curative interventions. 

Water & Health

W.A.S.H. Infrastructure & Education

Ground water in the Maasai Mara is very high in fluoride, with levels well beyond those fit-for-consumption guidelines. To provide clean water for human consumption, The Maa Trust rehabilitates natural springs and constructs community rainwater harvesting (CRWH) projects in communities and schools.

In addition to the construction of water projects, The Maa Trust places a large emphasis on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) education within communities and schools. Training includes Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) and Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM).

Water & Health


This project focuses on increasing accessibility, uptake and quality of healthcare services for rural communities in the Maasai Mara. It provides an array of healthcare services, but has a focus on creating awareness and access to Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) education and services across the Maasai Mara Ecosystem through an integrated healthcare approach. 

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