Mara Explorers Camp works closely with Ole Keene Primary School located 1 kilometer away. The school is desperately underfunded and is always in need of supplies for its teachers and students. Many of the 230 students come from very poor families and the school is not covered by the government’s school feeding program, meaning malnutrition is a big problem. For this reason we came up with the idea of The Porridge Project which provides the school students with porridge for lunch every day.
For every guest who stays with us we donate KES 200 from our en suite rooms, KES 100 from our budget tents and KES 50 from camping and children between 3-12yrs per night which goes into sustaining the running of our porridge project and other development projects at Ole Keene School.
We work together with the headmaster on development projects including classroom repairs, fencing and our current on-going project is to build a new school kitchen and store which will eventually be expanded to create a dining area for the students.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, College-Ruled Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Erasers, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Protractors, Rulers, Solar Calculators, Solar Lantern Lights, and Wide-Ruled Paper
(English and Swahili) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
Laminated Wall Charts:
(English) Human Body, Math, Science, and World Maps
(English) Age-Appropriate Story Books, and General Science
Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Soccer Balls, and Tennis Balls
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoe
Foods That Can Be Purchased Locally:
Maize Flour, Rice, Wheat Flour, and Yellow Beans
Antibiotic Ointments, Band-Aids, Bars of Soap, Deodorant, Hand Cream, Sanitary Napkins, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Vaseline, Washing Powder, Blankets, Mosquito Nets, and Mattresses
KSPCA has grown since its inception in 1910 and is well known today for animal rescue and rehabilitation. In a developing country, funds are not readily available for animals as there are so many human problems. They help those people living in poverty to manage and understand their animals better so that there is mutual benefit and firmly believe that educating the younger generations is the way forward as far as raising the standards of animal care is concerned in the future. Over the last 20 years Kenyans attitude towards animals is slowly changing but there is still a long way to go.
KSPCA is close to Mara Explorers heart as two of our beautiful camp dogs, Daisy and Dikdik, are from their Naivasha branch.
Alcohol Swabs, Disinfectant – F10 supplies, Gauze, and Needles
Surgical Gloves and Surgical Instrument Cleaner
5 ml Syringes, 10ml Syringes, 20ml Syringes, and 50ml Syringes
Antifungal Cream, Chloromex ( Eye ointment ), and Wound Spray
Avi Plus Hand Rearing Formula, *Cat Food, Cat Snacks, *Dog Food, Dog Snacks, and *Hill A/D Cat Food
Bathing Towels and Hand Towels,
*Blankets, Brushes and Combs, Cat Carriers, Cat Crates, Chew Toys, Collars, Dog Carriers (All Sizes), Dog Crates (All Sizes), Feeding Trays, Flea Shampoo, Food and Water Bowls, Frontline, Grooming Tools, Harnesses, Heartgard Dewormer, Leashes, Pet Bedding, Pet Shampoo and Conditioners, and Rugs
Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.
Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.