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The Maasai Conservation Trust

The Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust  ( MWCT )          
Campi ya Kanzi was created for the purpose of showing to the local Maasai community that wilderness with thriving wildlife is an economic asset which pays economic dividends to the community.

We did not employ a contractor to build the lodge: we built it with the local Maasai. Since day one the community felt not just involved, but started earning (through employment).

We took this concept one step further by creating Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust (MWCT): a community Trust, deeply rooted in the community.

Trustee and President of the Trust Board is Samson Parashina, a brilliant Maasai leader. Elected members of the community sit on the Advisory Board, and other elected members in a developing committee. Meetings with the community are held quarterly to assure members to have the ability of using the Trust to better cater for their most important needs.

MWCT is an advocate for the community and works with other conservation organizations to assure a sustainable conservation of the wilderness, wildlife and cultural heritages of the Tsavo-Amboseli eco-system.

Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust       
“Preserving wilderness, wildlife and cultural heritage across the Amboseli-Tsavo ecosystem by creating sustainable economic benefit for the Maasai people.”

Our Mission    
The Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust works to protect the legendary ecosystems and astounding biodiversity of East Africa through conservation that directly benefits local Maasai communities.

The world increasingly relies on many traditional communities like the Maasai to protect the ecological treasures that exist within the land that they own. But the incredible wilderness and wildlife of Africa’s grasslands and the famous culture of the Maasai people both face daunting threats to their long-term survival. The fate of both rests with the Maasai themselves as they work to figure out how to benefit from their incredible natural resources while preserving them.

That’s what MWCT is all about…a pioneering partnership between professional conservationists and dynamic young Maasai leaders to show that the Maasai community can thrive, not just survive, by managing their ecosystem wisely.

MWCT’s efforts are focused on the Maasai communities and landscapes of Kenya’s Chyulu Hills, within the world-famous Amboseli-Tsavo Ecosystem. This is Hemingway’s “Green Hills of Africa”, deep cloud forests on hills over the savannah teeming with wildlife and Mt. Kilimanjaro rising out of the plains. The Maasai communities of this area own all of the land between the protected National Parks and within their land lie critical wildlife migration corridors and habitat reserves, forests that are carbon sinks and rivers and springs that supply the fresh water not only to this ecosystem but to more than 7 million people in Kenya, including the 2nd largest city.

MWCT funds and operates programs that promote sustainable economic benefits from conserving this ecosystem. Lease payments for conservancy zones, carbon credits, payments for watershed protection, sustainable eco-tourism, wildlife monitoring and security, conservation and tourism employment…these are just some of the ways MWCT is creating a cutting edge model of successful community-based conservation.

Donations              
Helping us is just a
click away... Please click below and donate online. 

You can earmark your donation for any of our programs: conservation, education, health. This online donation is to our 501 c 3 USA non profit organization, Maasai Wilderness Conservation Fund. If you are a US tax payer, you will enjoy a tax deduction. $1 donated to MWCF translates in $1 granted to MWCT, which further translates in $1 spent on the field program you will indicate as beneficiary of your donation.

Please email Luca should you have any question about any program, and/or should you like to donate directly in Kenya to MWCT: lucasaf@iwayafrica.com.
 

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