Walking with Maasai is a non-profit organisation established by and for the Maasai communities in the Olorte region of southern Kenya. As our name implies, we’re about creating a sustainable partnership between various parties around the world and the Maasai with the aim of initiating community-based projects that equip, educate and empower the local people. We seek to run all of our activities in an environmentally and culturally sensitive way, promoting the conservation and wise use of natural resources.
Some our key aims to build a stronger future are:
- To develop healthcare initiatives that reduce the burden of preventable disease
- To run education programmes that enable our Maasai communities to improve the effectiveness and sustainability of their use of the land
- To deliver infrastructure projects that improve the quality of life in Olorte and facilitate new initiatives
- To share the skills and experience of supporters of the organisation with the Maasai community to help alleviate poverty
Whilst Walking with Maasai currently relies on sponsorship to run its operation, our long-term aim is to become financially independent through a joint community venture to establish an eco-tourism business. Based in a remote and very beautiful forested area of the Loita hills, the Maasai share their environment with some of Africa’s most impressive wildlife. Visitors who choose to walk with Maasai on wilderness safaris will in turn be supporting the community through the provision of much needed income and creation of employment.
Walking with Maasai is co-run by local Maasai members and partners from South Africa, the USA and the UK.