Oldarpoi Mara Camp is affiliated with I See Maasai Development Initiative (ISMDI). ISMDI invests the profits from Oldarpoi’s sustainable tourism camp into development projects in the local community. Together, these organizations have partnered in their work to empower the Maasai communities economically, advocate for education and lead a campaign to eradicate such damaging traditional practices as female genital mutilation (FGM).
Oldarpoi and ISMDI are committed to pursuing holistic development projects, where jobs are created and local income generated; healthcare and education programs are initiated; the environment is preserved; harmful traditional practices are discouraged; and clean water is made available to all.
The local Maasai communities surrounding the Mara ecosystem are faced with a myriad of problems scarce medical facilities, severe droughts, high unemployment, high illiteracy, lack of access to clean water, destruction of the natural environment, and harmful traditional practices like female genital mutilation and early marriages of girls.
Oldarpoi Mara camp has built a school for the community as well as a library. The school educates poor children and rescues young underage girls from female genital mutilation (FGM) as well as early marriages.
Guests are invited to visit the school and those with more time are also welcomed to volunteer. There are a number of volunteer activities in the community school such as teaching the kids, cross cultural exchanges, mentoring, tree planting, fencing and building activities.
Guests are also encouraged to help sponsor needy children to complete their education. It costs approximately $450 per year to help see a needy child through school.
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