We at MPT believe that helping to improve the quality of life of the Maasai people will ensure the sustainability of the ecosystem. Therefore we work both alone and in collaboration with other organizations to put in place a three-pronged community education and healthcare program. This is done by providing healthcare to the community; sponsoring schools and teachers and providing education scholarships to those who would otherwise be unable to afford them; and through a supplementary environmental education program.
An initial partnership, in 2002, between MPT and the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Foundation, helped launch the Mbirikani Group Ranch Mobile Health Project, which focused on providing free quality healthcare to the Maasai people of Mbirikani Group Ranch. Under the direction and financial support of the Lurie Foundation, the project quickly expanded to include a fixed-base medical center and comprehensive outreach programme. The project became an independent registered U.S. public charity known as AID Village Clinics, Inc. Today, the Mbirikani Clinic serves Mbirikani Group Ranch members and surrounding communities comprised of approximately 70,000 people. Inspiration for the project came after Ann Lurie visited Ol Donyo Wuas Lodge and its surrounding communities.
Improving the quality of education in Maasailand is a key focus of our work. MPT