We’re helping the local economy by supporting excursions that bring greater cultural exchange between locals and tourists while giving the Maasai villagers a fair deal. 3,000 people in fifteen villages now benefit from a ‘fair trade’ excursion. This has increased the income of some villages by 800%. The money has been used to build schools, employ teachers and provide basic sanitation and running water. Three hundred children now have access to proper education in Enkereri.
We are also helping to improve safari guide standards. By training 100 guides we hope to reduce the negative impacts from tourism and protect local wildlife and habitats.
The Travel Foundation is working with Tribal Voice Communications on all these projects.
The fund is also supporting the first ‘Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+)‘ project verified by the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) which is implementing critical activities for reducing deforestation while creating local sustainable development opportunities and protecting valuable wildlife and ecosystems. The project, based in Kasigau Corridor in Southern Kenya, is home to five mammal species that are considered endangered, vulnerable or threatened: African elephant, cheetah, lion, African hunting dog and Grevy‘s zebra.