Community Involvement: Integral to Conservation
In Africa, effective conservation cannot exist apart from the involvement of local communities that are affected by politicies and practices implemented to protect resources and wildlife. When tourism provides viable economic alternatives to resource depletion, there is incentive to join conservation initiatives. Every guest who stays at Leleshwa Camp does so in the knowledge that they are making a direct contribution towards uplifting the Maasai community. These improvements to daily life for local people include enhancements in infrastructure, health, education and the environment. We created the Leleshwa Camp Community Fund (LCCF) for this purpose.
Expanding Education & Promoting Literacy
LCCF's primary objective is to help local children attain literacy, in order to give them a sound grounding for further personal growth and to expand the foundation for social development within the community. We achieve this by assisting an established school, Mpopongi Primary School, to ensure that the existing facility operates to its maximum potential. We aid the neediest families within the Siana area whilst promoting gender equality in the school. Children are also taught the value of conservation principles that demonstrate how the community benefits directly from allowing tourism activities on their land.
Our Guests are Direct Partners in Our Outreach
The LCCF is primarily funded by guests staying at Leleshwa Camp. Since 2007, as part of the Community Conservation Fee, each guest is assessed a direct contribution of US$6 per night. The fund has created 20 new boarding scholarships for 13 girls and seven boys, through the completion of their primary education.
For guests interested in setting up further scholarships for students, we recommend funding a boarding scholarship at Mpopongi Primary School to continue LCCF’s objective of ensuring that children in all parts of the Siana region benefit from the fund. Alternately, as LCCF currently supports children only through their primary education, guests can fund secondary school scholarships to assist the highest-achieving students through their ongoing education. LCCF disburses the scholarship funds directly to the school, monitoring the child’s performance and ensuring that the sponsors receive regular updates on their child’s progress.
How LCCF Supports Mpopongi Primary School
- Stationery: Leleshwa Camp has pre-packaged stationary sets available for sale to guests at $10 each, which they can present when visiting the school. These consist of the basic stationery required for a student for one year.
- Teacher Funding: Mpopongi Primary School currently has six teachers provided by the government and three teachers who are paid for by the parents. LCCF has employed a fourth community teacher, Ambrose Kipkoech, who started on 1st October 2009.
- Term Prizes: The fund provides prizes for the Best Performing Boy & Girl and Most Improved Boy & Girl in each class. These are presented at a Prize Day Ceremony at the end of each term.
- Sports Day: The fund sponsors a school sports day each year. Children of all ages compete in traditional events such as running races and throwing the javelin as well as fun events such as sack and egg-and-spoon races.
- Conservation Days: Leleshwa Camp hosts Conservation Days, where our guides take classes on excursions into the bush, share conservation lessons, and offer the opportunity for children to experience their area from the perspective of tourists.
- Teacher Support: LCCF hosts a barbeque evening each term in order to motivate and create team-building amongst the teachers of Mpopongi School.
We are committed to supporting our school along with the Maywood Rotary Club and welcome all contributions towards the school. Please click here to learn more about how you can assist us with supporting our community.
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