Among our accomplishments so far this year
The Talek Primary School Learning Resource Center launched in February, and it's already a "hub of transformation" for this large and formerly underserved school. This center is a pilot for more school projects in the Maasai Mara.
We helped the new Access Language Center in Biougra (southern Morocco) with their public library. This innovative community center, which launched in January, hosts literacy classes and reading groups, and its library is the first public English library of this scale in rural Morocco.
We finished the Solar Home Library Project for the families of Mara Girls Leadership School living in earthen homes without power or light.
The anthology from the 2020 MLP Short Story Competition was published in Morocco and the U.S., and the 2021 Competition has been under way all year, bringing together young voices from the far reaches of rural Morocco.
We launched a Scholarship Program to send a student to an academic high school each year. The first recipient is a talented and determined young Maasai woman named Stellah.
We held a Maasai Writing Day for students in the Maasai Mara, to write about their lives at home in 2020 during the Covid lockdown. The essays will be published in a printed book at the end of this year.
We ended the spring with an Earth Day Student Collaboration, supporting student environmental initiatives in Morocco, Kenya, California, and Pakistan. Each student group prepared a video of their project, which we shared in a virtual event on Earth Day evening.
Plans for the rest of 2021
In the Maasai Mara, a library and science lab for Maasai Mara High School in Aitong; latrines for the rural Olemoncho Primary School; and tree planting along the Talek River in a critical wildlife corridor.
The "Tree of Life" writing project in the Souss region of southern Morocco, coordinated with a planting of indigenous argan trees.
Looking ahead to 2022
Our next big dream is a community empowerment and conservation center in the Maasai Mara north of Aitong. This center will be at the convergence of the Mara North, Lemek, Olchorro, and Mara Isinya community-owned wildlife conservancies. It will support conservation, with a mission of sustaining critical wildlife programs and reforestation. 10 acres have been donated for this center. We're also planning vocational programs here, a women's sewing workshop, and a sustainability-focused maker workshop.