Ribbons, Cakes and Celebrations – the Very Best of Days

21 March 2017 | Giving Back |

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Friday the 17th of March 2017; the day the Angama Foundation moved from being a cherished dream to a reality, and we celebrated what had been achieved in our neighbouring communities

Friday the 17th of March 2017 will go down in our history as the day the Angama Foundation moved from being a cherished dream to a reality; a day that celebrated what had been achieved in the communities neighbouring our lodge in less than two years.

Opening the Angama Foundation Projects

Together with Hon. John Marindany, Narok County’s Minister of Education, the Angama Foundation proudly opened its three maiden projects: accommodation for 16 teachers at Emurutoto Primary School, three new classrooms at Partakilat Primary School, and the Angama Mara clinic. These were the Foundation’s first three projects, all identified after thorough consultation with the community.

Emurototo Staff Accomodation

Emurutoto is an 800-strong primary school, located 4km from the lodge in the village of Kawai, and has received extensive support from Angels in Africa. It has become the benchmark for schools in the district, even attracting children from further afield due to its reputation as a centre of excellence. Until now, the teachers lived in adobe mud buildings, which were not in any way adequate to allow them to prepare for and relax from the daily rigours of caring for hundreds of young learners. The teachers had selflessly put their needs behind those of the boarding children who now all live in beautiful hostels built by Angels in Africa. On request, the rooms were modeled on the staff accommodation at Angama Mara, and include a communal ablution facility and water tanks for harvesting rainwater.

Angama Mara Cake for all

The Partakilat community is the lodge’s immediate neighbour, set in lovely acacia forests beyond the airfield. Since the first lesson in 2008 under the shade of a tree, the school has grown to over 200 primary school children. Until a few years ago, driving past one might have missed that this was a school, but what they have lacked in buildings and infrastructure, they have always made up for with determination and a strong vision by the parents of what they wanted to create for their children. The new classrooms now stand proud alongside a Kenyan flag, fluttering in the wind.

Shadrack addresses the children at Partakilat School

The Angama Mara clinic is the love project of Shannon Davis (read more about the story behind it here), and along with the community, will serve our guests and staff. It was funded jointly by the Foundation and the business, and received generous support from guests who have assisted with procuring specialist medical equipment, such as a Doppler fetal monitor and a defibrillator.

Angama Mara Clinic

This was the Foundation’s ‘coming out’, and it didn’t disappoint: there were ribbons; there was cake; there were sodas; there were speeches; there was generosity and thanks, vocal and visible to all; and most importantly of all, there were happy children, filled with hope and inspired for their futures ahead.

Happy Faces on Celebration Day

And finally may we extend heartfelt thanks to all our guests – none of this would have been possible without their support.

Opening The Angama Mara Clinic

Editor’s note: The Angama Foundation is funded by $10 per night guest contributions – something little, which quickly becomes quite significant, and as can be seen from Friday’s celebrations, makes the world of difference to a community in need. If you are coming to stay and are interested in visiting our projects, please let us know, as we would love to show you what has been achieved. And if you would like to partner with us please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Many thanks to Vicki Kennedy for the wonderful images.

AUTHOR: Steve Mitchell

Steve is CEO and Co-Founder of Angama. Responsible for the vitality of the business along with the stewardship of the Angama Foundation, he is besotted with African travel and is always on the lookout for more ways to delight our guests. When he’s not replying to emails, he’s probably somewhere along Kilifi Creek with his three lovely children.

March 21, 2017

Congratulations to all!!! What remarkable achievements:)

Nicky Fitzgerald
March 22, 2017

Thank you so much for helping us make a difference

Michele Harvey
March 23, 2017

Fantastic achievement! Well done.

    Nicky Fitzgerald
    March 23, 2017

    Hi Michelle – all made possible through our guests who come through our fab travel partners. Warmest thanks to you!

Nicole Powell
March 23, 2017

This is amazing! Very proud to work with such a generous and dedicated team.

Jeremiah Ole Moonka
November 13, 2018

Thank you for helping the community in this way, the school receives 800 pupils is a huge impact! We believe too, that education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world and are giving our best here at the Maasai Education Centre to provide these future students with higher education opportunities in tourism!

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