Mara United School Program

The Mara United School is a boarding school only a few kilometers from the Karen Blixen Camp. The school has approximately 320 students, ages 4 -15, from Kindergarten to Grade 8. Parents of many of the children are employed as staff at Karen Blixen Camp. The school is owned and managed by the local community and it is approved by the Ministry of Education and National Environment Management Authority.

The Karen Blixen Camp Trust has an ongoing relationship and a close dialogue with the management of the school about their needs and future development. We support the local Mara United School by providing school supplies and fundraising for large-scale projects, such as new school buildings.

Regional and local administrators, parents of the children, and the students themselves are aware of the commitment of the Trust and its donors to serve the educational needs of the local community. Such financial support also demonstrates tangible benefits of ecotourism for students and parents within the Mara North Conservancy.

Improved education improves the lives of children. These children are the future of Kenya as well as the conservationists of the future.

How you can contribute

Donations to the Karen Blixen Camp Trust supporting the Mara United School can be accomplished in two ways.

The first option is for guests at the Karen Blixen Camp to purchase a ticket to visit the Mararianta Cultural Manyatta. As one of the few tourism camps in the Maasai Mara, Karen Blixen Camp has joined other camps in establishing a special ticket system to ensure that the funds raised from ticket sales go to the school and not to individuals.

The other option to provide financial support to the local Mara United school is to make a donation to the Karen Blixen Camp Trust. When you make a donation in this way, you can allow us to utilize your “unrestricted” donation to fund the most urgent needs of the school, such as pens, paper, desks, or to add it a larger pool of money for deemed necessary major expansion projects such as a new meal program, new desks, or an additional classroom. You may also make a notation on your Paypal slip to have your donated funds directed to a specific purchase or activity.

Here late 2019, the school is looking for funding for two Dorms: one for boys and another for girls Boarding facilities like metallic beds, more school desks, construction of additional teachers quarters and additional tanks for rain water harvesting.

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