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 220 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.
The Porridge Project, which provides the school’s students with porridge for lunch every day, is sustained through generous donations from clients and tour operators and helps combat malnutrition.
With money raised through the camp, Mara Explorers Camp has also recently been able to go about repairing several classrooms by providing materials and a local builder.
General School Supplies:
Chalk, Colored Pencils, Erasers, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, and Pens
(English) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
(English) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
(English) Biology, General Science, Language/Grammar, and Math
Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Soccer Balls, and Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer
Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, Sanitary Napkins, and Tampons
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.