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Maasai Guides Organize!

8, July, 2016. Hundreds of local Maasai people, representatives of the tourism industry, elected officials, Prescott College students and representatives, visitors, and MGA members gathered in Sekenani to celebrate a great accomplishment of the Maasai community, the launch of the Mara Guides Association! The MGA is the first union ever of Maasai workers. Maasai field guides, traditionally discriminated against in the tourism industry that takes place on their land, have been working toward this moment for the past four years. The celebration reflected the final official registration of the association, and the commitment of 83 dues paying members!

Surely, all those who attended had a backstory to getting there. For MERC staff and friends, it was great difficulty finding vehicles to accommodate the size of our group, a flat tire while traveling through the reserve, and then hours spent trying to organize a brochure and the consequent printer problems. For some it may have been walking very far, turning down an important job for the day, securing permission to leave work, or any number of ordinary challenges faced by workers with little job security and privileges. So coming together for this gathering was monumental in itself!

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Mara Guide Association to Launch...

They call themselves the custodians of a global heritage.

They are the Mara Guides Association (MGA), the first ever union formed by Maasai Tour Guides to ensure the health of ecosystems in Maasailand and justice for Maasai people through Kenya’s tourism industry.

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Update from the Maasai Guides Training Program!

It is officially the second week of the tour guide training program and Ndoinyo Oloip is filled with the energy of classes, game drives, and meetings. Maasai Field Guides selected by the community are in rigorous college-level courses spanning topics from leadership skills, animal behavior, ecology, geology, and how to work with tourists from different cultures and backgrounds.

 Dominic, Maasai Mara University student and participant in the Field Guide Training Program says, “I have learned the adaptations of different animals, answered questions I had about about animal behavior, and styles of handling clients.” John Ole Tira, Chairman of the Maasai Guides Association chimes in, “I have been able to refine what I already know as a tour guide and also to learn more about, for example, hunting strategies-- tracking, ambush, all of that.”

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We are ready to host you!

We are very proud to share with you our latest accomplishments. We are so excited to have brand new cottages, brand new flush toilets, and a modern kitchen to prepare some of the best meals in Mara. Join us for dinner soon! 

Meitamei

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Mau Narok Land Returned to Maasai Community!

Breaking News!

The court has ordered the sharing of Rose Farm (about 3000 Acres) in Mau Narok between the Maasai community and government. Under this arrangement, 1,200 acres of Mau Narok go to the Maasai and the rest to remain with government.

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