BENEFITING: Maasai Wilderness Conservation
PLEASE DONATE $29 FOR OUR 29th BIRTHDAYS!!
$29 will ensure 1 child is fully immunized to WHO (World Health Organization) standards....
Thanks for visiting our fundraising page for the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust! As most of you know, we went to Africa for the first time in October to visit UNICEF programs in Ethiopia, followed by a safari in Kenya. While the safari experience included the Big 5 (minus 1), the Little 5 and everything in between, what captured our hearts most was the Maasai people we met that week in the Chyulu Hills of Kenya.
We visited a school in the local village, spent time with the incredible Dr. Edward Omete (the only doctor for over 10,000 people) and supported the women in the village by buying more Maasai jewelry than one can wear (although it all came in handy for Danielle's Halloween costume - see pics to left!)
When we left the camp we promised to do something to raise awareness and funds when we returned back to the US and decided to donate our upcoming 29th birthdays to this cause. The money raised will help support the Maasai community and their health and education services. MWCT supports 20 local primary schools, built a new school that services over 700 students, employs nearly 50 teachers, which constitutes the large majority of the educators working on the Group Ranch where we stayed. In health, MWCT supports four local health dispensaries in partnership with the Kenyan government, employs the only local doctor and supporting nurses and recently built a new laboratory for diagnosis. They're making progress, but there is still so much that needs to be done to ensure these people have access to the most basic healthcare that we all take for granted. The one single doctor in the village doesn't even have access to a vehicle, so if a woman ends up having complications while giving birth in the middle of the night, it's likely she (and her baby) will die, before the doctor can make it there to help.
It would mean so much to us if you can help us help the wonderful people that opened their hearts and homes to us and donate $29 for our 29th birthdays!
Asante Sana (thank you),
Danielle & Casey
About the MWCT
The Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust (MWCT) works to protect the legendary ecosystems and astounding biodiversity of East Africa through conservation that directly benefits local Maasai communities.
The world increasingly relies on many traditional communities like the Maasai to protect the ecological treasures that exist within the land that they own. But the incredible wilderness and wildlife of Africa's grasslands and the famous culture of the Maasai people both face daunting threats to their long-term survival. The fate of both rests with the Maasai themselves as they work to figure out how to benefit from their incredible natural resources while preserving them.
That's what MWCT is all about...a pioneering partnership between professional conservationists and dynamic young Maasai leaders to show that the Maasai community can thrive, not just survive, by managing their ecosystem wisely.
MWCT's efforts are focused on the Maasai communities and landscapes of Kenya’s Chyulu Hills, within the world-famous Amboseli-Tsavo Ecosystem. This is Hemingway's "Green Hills of Africa", deep cloud forests on hills over the savannah teeming with wildlife and Mt. Kilimanjaro rising out of the plains. The Maasai communities of this area own all of the land between the protected National Parks and within their land lie critical wildlife migration corridors and habitat reserves, forests that are carbon sinks and rivers and springs that supply the fresh water not only to this ecosystem but to more than 7 million people in Kenya, including the 2nd largest city.
MWCT funds and operates programs that promote sustainable economic benefits from conserving this ecosystem. Lease payments for conservancy zones, carbon credits, payments for watershed protection, sustainable eco-tourism, wildlife monitoring and security, conservation and tourism employment...these are just some of the ways the organization is creating a cutting edge model of successful community-based conservation. And these benefits go where the community needs them most: Education and Health programs.