How can you help?

SEMADEP has a proven track record of taking the kind support we have been given and using it to benefit our community. That is why we were highly commended in the Virgin Holidays responsible tourism awards.

Our aim is to generate as much of the funds needed to run our numerous projects through the Safari camp but due to the size of the community and the scale of the task we need additional financial support. Companies such as CISCO have generously supported the development of our Knowledge Centre and the input of our Dutch friends has been vital in getting the Medical centre where it is today but we need additional support to maintain the projects.

Ideally many of the facilities we provide would be state supported. But sadly the only thing currently provided by the state are the drugs for our clinic.

So where do you come in, well the main way is to come to the camp experience what we have to offer and be secure in the knowledge that the money you pay for the game drive and accommodation is being used for the good of the community.

As well as volunteering your time and skills while with us you could sponsor a child to help them get through their education. Schooling fees uniforms and books are just some of the expenses needing to be covered in order to give a child an education.

To discuss how you can best help Semadep contact our manager James Ole Lesaloi

Our Projects and partnerships

  1. Sekenani Community Health Centre- providing medical care and education for the community.

This project was funded by: Semadep, World Vision (Maasai Peoples Project), Semadep foundation (Holland), Kenyan Ministry of Health and Narok County Council.

Semadep built the facility and equipped it and support a lab technician and a pharmacist and the Kenyan Government provide two nurses and a lab technician.

  1. Sekenani Community Knowledge Centre- access to computers and the internet as well as training.

Implemented with the support of: CISCO Systems Inc and AfriAfrya (An African networkthat promotes Better Health and Knowledge through Information Technology).

This project uses the old medical centre building and the management and security is provided by Semadep. CISCO provived 15 computers, 2 printers and solar panels to provide power for the computers. AfriAfrya provide support us to employ two staff.

  1. A water Project- the construction of a shallow well providing clean drinking water for the local villages.

    This was funded by the local community through Semadep and an individual sponsor from Germany.

  1. Sponsorship Programme-  We have people who are sponsoring individual children in primary and secondary boarding schools, giving support towards the purchase of school uniforms and books.

  1. Provision for OVC (Orphans and Vulnerable Children)- We are supporting 1,244 OVCs within our community. 15 Children are supported by St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA.

Our other partner in this project is USAID.

  1. Sekenani primary school- With the support of individual

sponsors, local leaders and the community.

  1. A Pre-school - Providing education for children aged 3-5 and food while at school and staffing.

    Maasai Cultural Villages Initiatives- We are working with 27 settlements in the Maasai Mara, and group them to form an association by the name Maasai Mara cultural villages tourism association, the purpose of the association to end the exploitation of tour driver guides, to the Maasai villages, and bring equitable benefits to the Maasai community.

  2. A cattle dip- To prevent the death through desease of livestock.

  3. Semadep Camp- The setting up and running of a campsite capable of generating funds to sustain the projects listed above with the aim of combining quality safari game drives and nature walks with the unique experience of getting to know members of the Maasai community. LINK

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You may choose while with us to volunteer your expertise in order to help our various projects such as helping in the medical centre if you are a health professional or the pre-school if you are a nursery teacher or classroom assistant, the opportunities a numerous. You may be an IT consultant able to help our Knowledge Centre or a builder able to help with the camps building programme.

There are many ways to help us while staying at the safari camp.

What you do is dependent on the skill you have to offer while how much you choose to do is up to you.

None of this is expected but offers of help are greatly appreciated. It may be that you are best suited to helping us after your visit as was the case with this website.

Our plans for the future

Sekenani Community Health Centre- the Telemedicine project, we are undertaking in partnership with CISCO Systems Inc. (certified international systems company) will provide all

the equipment, and links with other hospitals, i.e Gertrude and

Kenyatta, Telecom orange will provide the network, and Semadep will

provide the room, equip it, put up  some grills on the doors and

windows, and will provide the management, when this project is

completed it will help to reduce referral to other hospitals.

Sekenani community knowledge centre upgrade- to construct a larger building which can provide a service to the community as a whole, such as: classes in ICT, Videos for women regarding health matters,  and a place where young men can gather knowledge, information and training.

Sekenani water project- installing of a solar pump, purchase a water tank and pipe and put in a tap for the community to get water, this will help to ease congestion on the well, and it will be easy for older people, and young children

Semadep Camp- The continual development and improvement of the camps facilities, services and marketing.


Children in our Pre-school and one of the new Safari Camp lodges under construction

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