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May 05, 2016

Support the Maasai protect their lands!

type: Crowd Funding, Donation, NGO, Petition
by: Deniz Zehra Tavli

The iconic Maasai of Kenya and Tanzania have been fighting for decades to survive and defend their environment. Lately, they're losing the battle: besieged by shady poachers, billionaires who want to buy up their traditional lands for safari lodges, and sketchy government officials.

For decades the Maasai have struggled to hang on to their ancestral lands as profit-hungry tourism companies and government officials evict, sell off, and repurpose the countryside that has sustained them for generations. Tourism brings billions into the Kenyan economy but the Maasai - the land’s rightful owners - barely see a drop!

Now a Maasai community in Kenya has had an idea to fight back and reclaim their own land by forming a new kind of reserve, run by themselves. This will not only ensure their habitat and the customs of their ancestors but also a new wildlife passage will be created.
For this project, lead by community members and local NGOs, the tribe needs funds fast to get the reserve up and running, take down fences, train young people, and pay them to be wildlife patrollers.

Support the Maasai with a donation and help them reclaiming their lands!