For the 8th year running, the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust (MWCT) has fielded a team of dedicated supporters and conservationists for the upcoming 2016 TCS New York City Marathon. It is the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust’s biggest fundraising event each year that greatly helps us raise the funds necessary to continue our efforts within our globally-recognized community-based model for conservation, health and education in East Africa.

The Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust funds and operates an array of conservation programs aimed at protecting wilderness and wildlife. Our success comes from promoting sustainable economic benefits to the local Maasai community, thereby encouraging their active participation as stewards of our critical ecosystem here in the Chyulu Hills of Kenya. Programs include wildlife research & protection with over 100 Rangers employed to combat poaching and illegal activities, lion monitoring & tracking led by a group of young Maasai warriors, predator protection through a wildly successful compensation program, land conservancies, its ecotourism partner Campi ya Kanzi, and the first REDD+ Carbon Project in the area.

The Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust has partnered with the Ministry of Education to pursue the improvement of school enrolment, retention, completion and transition rates, along with ensuring continuity of certain aspects of Maasai culture while instilling environmental conservation awareness. Its health program provides critical health services to the community, regular health outreaches to remote and underserved areas which have resulted in improved immunization coverage among children, prenatal care among expectant mothers, and early disease detection and treatment including breast cancer and cervical cancer screenings.

In a collaborative effort to raise funds for this year’s 2016 TCS NYC Marathon, the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust and its partnered Eco-lodge, Campi ya Kanzi have come together to offer a once in a lifetime free safari for two lucky winners at the award winning luxury Eco-lodge nestled in the legendary Chyulu Hills of Kenya. Campi ya Kanzi provides it all with a zero carbon footprint, and leverages the benefits of ecotourism to help protect the local environment and preserve the Maasai culture. All within its own 280,000 acres of pristine wilderness. All the money donated goes directly into the Trust’s Conservation, Education and Health programs to benefit the Maasai community. Every 10$ is an entry so the more you donate the more chances you have at winning!

To donate to the cause of the #maasaimarathon to #keepkenyawild visit: Maasai Wilderness NYC 2016