MERC sees a future in Maasailand where land is brought back under the stewardship of Olosho le Maa, where human activity is made accountable again to the sustainable health of ecosystems and the life–the people, domestic animals, and wildlife– they support. We envision a future where pastoralism coexists with other sustainable industries, where community authority over land management can lead to a halt and reversal of deforestation and destruction of water sources and habitat, where culturally respectful education is available to all Maasai people, and where the traditionally chosen leadership of the community has the power to engage on behalf of the community with the state. This vision of the future determines our current priorities:
- Recovering illegally occupied Maasailand and preservation of lands under threat, to halt the sale of Maasiland and protect the community’s right to manage Maasai Mara Game Reserve and other wildlife areas. MERC undertakes this work through Keyan courts, international law, negotiation and civil disobedience.
- Ensuring that all Maasai people have access to clean water, education, clinics, and grazing land, and receive benefit from industries that take place in Maasailand. All development must be directed by the community.
- Decolonizing knowledge in Maasailand by enabling Maasai people to access what is written about them, to build collaborative research projects with partners, to support the self-representation of Maasai people through publishing, and to decolonizing primary and secondary education in Maasailand.