The Angama Foundation
Angama Mara is founded on the deeply embedded principle of running a profitable business in order to make a meaningful and sustainable difference to the communities that neighbour the lodge, and the wildlife and land that surround it. In a nutshell, the Angama team believes in Benjamin Franklin’s oft-quoted saying: ‘Doing Well, by Doing Good / Doing Good, by Doing Well’. This has been a philosophy successfully adhered to and implemented by owners Steve and Nicky Fitzgerald over the past 20 years.
Each guest contributes a US$ 10 per night donation to the Angama Foundation, a separate entity which has been setup in order to affect these efforts. The Foundation plans to achieve this primarily through three fields of work: Education, Healthcare and Conservation, and projects are identified and prioritized together with the lodge’s neighbouring communities, the Mara Conservancy, and NGO’s who have a track record of making an impact in the region. The Foundation is also open to micro donations facilitated through the lodge’s Safari Shop, but for sizeable project-specific donations please contact us.
There are several schools in the vicinity of Angama Mara, all of which are at different stages of development. The Foundation is structuring its support in order to improve the general level of education offering in the area, and on a hierarchy of needs: classrooms, food, running water & security first, then learning materials and digital / eLearning initiatives. The Foundation is developing scalable programs that will benefit several schools (such as making classroom desks or providing books), and is also supporting specific projects at individual schools – the first two projects completed in March 2017 being staff accommodation at Emurutoto, and new classrooms at Partakilat, both nearby primary schools.
In time, the Foundation will explore early development centres for children under six years of age, as well as adult literacy and education programs.
The Foundation is working to improve the health and welfare of the neighbouring communities by facilitating the provision of medicine and skilled medical advice. In order to do so, the Foundation has partnered with the lodge to develop a clinic, which will serve both the community and lodge staff. The Foundation is also exploring nearby communities’ access to water.
The Foundation will work first and foremost with the Mara Conservancy to ensure the longevity of the Mara Triangle, although it may play a broader role within the greater Mara-Serengeti ecosystem once the sustainability of the Triangle has been assured. The first two fields of co-operation that have been identified are livestock predation compensation and rhino monitoring, and discussions are underway as to how best to affect this support, complemented by ongoing education initiatives in the community.
For more information regarding the Foundation, please contact us.