Mara Plains Camp

    Project #1

    Endoinyo Erinka Primary was built by the Olare Orok & Motorogi Conservancy Trust and aims to become a school of excellence. The school has recently built a library and is in need of books to fill it. They are looking for stimulating and educational material that can be used by all of the children, rather than individual items, because it is impossible to choose which children will receive these. The school serves 525 children from ages 2 through 18 years old.

    In 2014, we will be offering guests the chance to teach a class of their choice to the higher years of children at this school. Recommended topics include art and crafts, show-and-tell about your home country, or any other subject of your choice. The children do speak some English, and there will be a teacher on hand to translate if necessary. The students will be over the moon to have foreign subjects and inspiration in their classes. Please bring with you any props you may need. For example, if coming from Australia, you could bring cork hats, postcards of kangaroos and koala bears, a boomerang, coins and notes (just for show), a map, etc. Or if you would like to play football (soccer) or other games with the children, that can also be arranged.

    Project #2

    Women in the Mara are working hard to build a beading cooperative. Mostly, they need help with designs and imaginative, smart materials that they can incorporate into their work. If you are skilled in needlework or any craft, please bring supplies with you to teach the women how to make new things. Mara Plains is also sponsoring adult literacy classes for these women.

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of January 20, 2022
    Note: Location is approximated. If you see a lodging that is misplaced or missing, please contact us .

    Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you take them. If you prefer, you may reach out directly to them to inquire about items which may be available for purchase locally. Arranging visits to community projects is beyond the scope of our mission. If you wish to visit a project, contact the participant and they can let you know what is possible.

    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.