Angama Mara is founded on the deeply embedded principle of running a profitable business in order to make meaningful and sustainable differences to the communities that neighbour the lodge, and the wildlife and land that surround it. In a nutshell, the Angama Mara 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 the founders over the past 20 years.
With this in mind, Angama Mara requests that each of its guests contributes a nominal nightly donation to the Angama Foundation, and these micro-donations enable the Foundation to make a significant difference in the fields of education, healthcare and conservation. Set up as a separate non-profit entity, the Foundation is governed by a board of trustees who allocate funds to projects within these fields, identifying and prioritizing them together with support from the neighbouring communities, the Mara Conservancy, and NGO’s who have a track record of making an impact in the area.
The Foundation also facilitates the entry fees and exhibition sales of the Greatest Maasai Mara Photographer of the Year initiative, which showcases the beautiful photography celebrating the Mara as a year-round destination, and promotes photographers and their guides whilst raising important funds for boots-on-the-ground conservation initiatives.
Guests interested in visiting Angama Foundation projects and learning how their contribution has made a difference should advise their Camp Manager who will make the necessary arrangements.
The Angama Foundation works with schools in the vicinity of the lodge to improve the level of education through infrastructure and basic services.
As all of the schools are in different stages of development, the Angama Foundation structures its support according to a hierarchy of needs: early development centres, classrooms, food, running water and security first, then learning materials and other educational tools, and finally, scholarships for top performing students. Some of the projects are scalable and benefit several schools, while others are focused specifically on individual schools.
Improving healthcare services and the welfare of neighbouring communities through the provision of medicine and skilled medical advice continues to be a core focus of the Angama Foundation.
Whether through Angama Mara’s on-site clinic, or regular medical camps that travel into the communities, healthcare is far more accessible to those living in and around Angama Mara, along with improved access to water.
The Angama Foundation works closely with the Mara Conservancy, as well as key NGO partners who have a proven track record of making an impact in the area. This takes the form of providing much-needed funds to these boots-on-the-ground conservation partners who work to ensure the longevity of the Mara Triangle and its wildlife.