The Maasai Mara in Kenya is one of the most popular game reserves in Africa. But even this fantastic natural area has not been spared by the COVID-19 pandemic. The situation is dire for the local community, whose livelihoods depend on tourists going on safari in Kenya.

As a project coordinator at Basecamp Explorer Foundation, Francis Sopia is committed to nature and cultural conservation together with the local population. One of the community projects supported by Basecamp is the Basecamp Maasai Brand, a community-based handicraft workshop that provides 198 Maasai women with a reliable source of income. Until the beginning of this year when the pandemic broke …There are hardly any buyers now. Due to the greatly reduced number of tourists, the women now have to contend with a minimal income. They struggle to provide their families with basic necessities, such as water, sanitation, food and health care.

Francis asks for your support to help the daughters of the Basecamp Maasai Brand women go back to school.
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Many of you have seen first-hand how important community projects are to the Basecamp family. For the last 23 years, Basecamp Explorer Kenya has been partnering with the local community to create meaningful safari experiences for all our guests.

We attribute our success from closely partnering with the local Maasai community by involving them in all aspects of the community projects enabling generations to benefit through this process. We have seen this process transform the areas where we operate in Masai Mara to incredible safari destinations due to them being good places to live in and good places to visit.


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