THE MARA NAPA CENTER
Wildlife Conservation: Cultural Preservation
WE ARE BUILDING a center of excellence where young Maasai, as well as visitors, can learn about Maasai wildlife and cultural heritage, join forces to mitigate human-wildlife conflict, and support and advocate for women-owned businesses.
The Mara Napa Center will address critical environmental and wildlife biodiversity conservation and protection issues, create awareness and sustainable conservation efforts among the community, government, and other stakeholders. This center will also facilitate the fusion of indigenous knowledge with modern science and technology.
THE MARA NAPA CENTER is the first of its kind in the Maasai Mara, the seat of The Great Migration. With a cultural museum, visitor and guide center, theatre, computer lab, radio station, and cafe, it will provide a gathering place for community members, tourists, and researchers to exchange ideas, gather knowledge, or simply pause to enjoy the wildlife that frequents the site. The center and its camps are, owned, operated and employing only local Maasai.
WOMEN'S WATER INITIATIVE is the first ever all-women run water distribution enterprise, providing purified, disease-free water to the villages and local business, while generating vital financial resources for the women and their community social services.
Friends of Maasai Mara collaborates with the Mara Public Schools to help school children learn more about the benefits of wildlife and their habitats and the direct impact they have in our daily life.
High school students acquire service-learning skills by volunteering to work on wildlife and environmental projects at The Mara Center. The proposed computer lab will be open to all and provide information about the habitat in the Mara. We believe education is the key to creating future conservationists and stewards of our planet.