Emergency Appeal: Mara Naboisho Conservancy urgently needs your help
Responsible tourism funds Mara Naboisho Conservancy, a community-based conservation partnership in Kenya’s Masai Mara. The abrupt loss of tourism due to the COVID-19 pandemic is devastating for the people and wildlife that depend on Mara Naboisho Conservancy. That's why we're coming together, from afar, to support Mara Naboisho Conservancy through the COVID-19 crisis.
People and wildlife are in danger
613 Maasai families receive a monthly financial lifeline from Mara Naboisho Conservancy, bringing tangible, shared benefits to more than 5000 people. In return, an area the size of 53,000 soccer fields (53,000 acres) is dedicated for the protection and free movement of wildlife.
Naboisho means “Coming Together” in the local Maa language and the conservancy was created on the promise that wildlife and humans can not only co-exist, but thrive. 10 years later, the once overgrazed and fragmented land is now a safe haven for elephants, cheetahs, leopards, and has one of the highest densities of lions in Africa. You can read the full story behind Mara Naboisho Conservancy here.
But the success of the Conservancy is under threat, without funding from responsible tourism the model falls apart. The Maasai people depend on Mara Naboisho Conservancy as their only source of income. The wildlife depends on rangers to combat poaching and protected areas to survive.
We need your help now
That’s why we are asking you - our past and future guests, friends, supporters and partners - to come together to help save the Mara Naboisho Conservancy.
For every guest that visits Mara Naboisho Conservancy, 40% of what they pay goes directly to conservation, providing landlease fees to 613 Maasai families and salaries for 40 wildlife rangers vital in protecting wildlife from poaching.
As this vital funding is missing, we ask you to donate to our crowdfunding campaign now, from afar. We are acutely aware that this is a challenging time for everyone, and any contribution is greatly appreciated. If you're not able to donate now, then please share the campaign with your networks.
Even though we are attempting to open up again on August 1, 2020 it is going to be extremely slow. It will nowhere near make the lease payments to the conservancy land owners or the rangers' salaries. The land owners have already taken a 50% cut in their payments and the rangers a 65% cut in pay. Please help us to support them during this challenging transition period.
On behalf of the entire Mara Naboisho Conservancy and Basecamp Foundation family, thank you for your support at this very challenging time. As our Maasai friends would say: Ashe Oleng (thank you)!
To learn more, visit our website at https://basecampfoundationusa.org/