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Tim, together with several of his associate guides, has always been at the forefront of wildlife conservation and responsible tourism. The original partners founded the East African Wildlife Society and were deeply committed to the preservation of Africa and its inhabitants.

March to the Top

March to the Top was established by our good friends Barbara and Roy March to serve the critical needs of the people and lands of Kenya through initiatives in health, education and conservation. Through our work with March to the Top we are able to provide the resources necessary to empower individuals and develop local communities.

March to the Top takes a holistic approach to its work with investments in a variety of organisations across Kenya. Select projects are highlighted below.

New Hope Orphanage and Clinic

As co-founders of New Hope, March to the Top provides housing, education and healthcare to HIV-affected youth in Meru, Kenya. Perched upon ten acres of lush countryside, the centre is home to 119 children ranging in age from one year to fifteen years. Children attend school and receive medical care in the village, creating a rich, nurturing environment for them to learn and grow.

Dandora Maternal-Child Health Centre

March to the Top co-funded the Dandora Visitation Maternal-Child Health Centre which provides prenatal and antenatal care, maternal counselling, paediatric and outpatient care, and basic laboratory services. Located in Dandora, a slum community just east of Nairobi, the centre provides safe, clean health services to mothers and children.

Medical and Educational Aid to Kenya

March to the Top works alongside M.E.A.K founders and on the ground personnel to provide paediatric cardiac surgeries, thoracic surgeries, ophthalmologic and orthopaedic screenings and surgeries. Through ongoing mission sponsorship, March to the Top has helped M.E.A.K provide sight to over 11,400 people and perform over 440 heart surgeries for Kenyan children.

You can watch the video of their 10th anniversary climb up Mt Kenya. For further information please visit their website.

The Kenya Wildlife Trust

Working closely with communities in a continuing quest to enable people and wildlife to co-exist in wilderness areas, we have recently founded the Kenya Wildlife Trust. This young charity has been closely involved with projects such as building schools, providing healthcare, water and conservation education.

Unique amongst such organisations, KWT is proud to guarantee the fact that 100% of all funds generated go towards the promotion of their projects, none of the monies being used in administration. A registered charity with tax-benefit status, KWT also believes in allowing their donors to specify exactly where they wish their money to be utilised. Committed to transparency, the trust also operates its own website www.kenyawildlifetrust.org upon which it regularly posts project updates, newsletters and donor-support information.

Depending on your itinerary, around 6% of the net price goes towards these conservation projects, making your safari a valuable contribution towards the sustainable future of Africa.

Esiteti Primary School.

Another project we are intrinsically involved with is the Esiteti school in Amboseli. Esiteti primary school started as a pre-primary school in January 1999, with 53 pupils. It was located in a prime wildlife area of Olgulului - Ololorashi group ranch in the Amboseli community wildlife area which borders Amboseli National Park.

Education is the root agent of change in any society and Esiteti is no exception. Provision of basic education means that the future generation will be able to make better and more informed decisions, and take charge of their own destiny. The  classes were taught in 'bush classroooms' under the trees, and the main challenge of teaching outside in Amboseli is the strong sun and very dusty wind and the occasional visit from a bull elephant.

In recognition of these challenges a decision was made to build a permanent school. The new school was built 3km away on the south eastern slope of Embaringoi hill. This is a designated human development area that has a low concentration of wildlife and therefore more suitable for the growth of the school. Currently the new school has about 400 students, both boys and girls, from nursery level through to sixth grade.

With the progression of the school the Maasai people in the Amboseli region have recently decided that the traditional Rite of Passge for girls, female circumcision, can be replaced with a new ceremony, the Alternative Rite of Passage (ARP).  Teri Gabrielson, who has been on safari to Kenya several times with her family, has been an enormous support to Esiteti and has started a non profit organisation to raise awareness for the community. Visit her website www.ASKenya.org.

In August of 2012, the first-ever 2-day ARP ceremony was conducted with 52 girls taking part.  Since then over 200 girls have now gone through the ARP ceremony, which occurs three times each year. Traditionally, young girls are married off at a tender age, however the graduates of an ARP Program are spared the physical and emotional sonsequences of FGM and have the opportunity to continue their education. This is an enormous breakthrough, which we are proud to support.

Many of our guests having visited the school have chosen to sponsor children through their education and the building of the new school was achieved through generous donations.

 

Contact Tim    Tel: +254 713747464    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.