ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAM
We continue a strong commitment to environmental education for the future stewards of the Masai Mara.
Since its inception in 1993, the FOC Conservation Clubs program has established clubs within more than 50 Mara and Trans Mara schools, and remains active in over half today. Clubs have between 40 and 100 members and engage over 1,800 Maasai children annually in conservation-related activities, including tree planting, agro-forestry projects, bird watching, beekeeping and community health projects. These projects help to promote sustainable capacity building at the school-age level. Through these clubs, FOC has impacted over 25,00o students over two decades. With the environmental education received, many graduates of the FOC Conservation Clubs have gone on to earn jobs in the tourist and hospitality industries in the Masai Mara.
One of the program’s most popular and beneficial projects has been the Portable Book Boxes, provided to Mara schools. These boxes include nature-themed books and other useful resources to students, and are often times the only library materials available. They are shared and read by all ages.
Sea World Busch Gardens, as well as other sponsors help to support our FOC Rhino Watch. These nature-based field trips into the Masai Mara National Reserve give local Maasai children the opportunity to view their rich natural heritage as international visitors do, and experience first hand, the economic benefit that sustainable tourism provides. FOC transfers the children in its 28-seat bus, obtained with a grant from USF&W.
GIRLS EDUCATION EQUALITY
Acknowledging the vast inequalities between Maasai men and women, FOC helps to shine light on the importance of girls’ educations and using it as a tool to opportunity. GIRLS SAY, YES WE CAN!
FOC PROGRAM SCHOOLS