Building a Water Well in the Maasai Community
Back in 2014 I learned that the women of the Maasai community near Amboseli National Park walked over 4 hours round-trip to obtain water. This needed to be fixed. To do that we started a project with the Maasai Women of the Ongata-Rangai village in Amboseli Kenya. As they are incredible bead artists, we came up with the concept of raising money to build a water well by purchasing all the materials needed to manufacture Maasai Beaded Dog Collars. We then sold the collars in the United States with 100% of the proceeds going back to the women who made the collars to help them build a water well for their village.
After about a year the women reached about 50% of their goal. Infinite Safari Adventures stepped up and funded the balance. In 2015, with the help of the A Voice Is Heard, a well was successfully installed just outside their village. Now the women walk a total of 40 minutes to get water (which they wanted because it is their time to get together and talk away from husbands and children). Infinite Safari Adventures has continued to support the well with necessary maintenance and repairs.
Feeding Maasai Communities During the Drought
In 2022, Infinite Safari Adventures learned of the dire situation with the Maasai Community in the Amboseli region of Kenya. The third year of a terrible drought had impacted the community. Now not only were cattle perishing because of the drought but people were starving and had no means to purchase food or feed their cattle. Infinite Safari Adventures put out the word to friends, family and clients and started a Go Fund Me Endeavor to assist these people who were suffering from climate change not of their doing. With the help of Patrick Olepapatiti, whose college education was funded by Infinite Safari Adventures, funds were raised and food was purchased to feed over 1500 Maasai in the community.
Cheetah Conservation Fund
With only about 7000 cheetahs left in the wild, the Cheetah Conservation Fund is dedicated to not only saving cheetahs but educating the world about human/wildlife conflict and living together with animals throughout Africa. Alan Feldstein is one of their directors. Their philosophy is to “change the world to save the cheetah.” With operations in Namibia and Somaliland, and supporters around the world, CCF tirelessly has been involved in a number of initiatives including the livestock guarding dog program and relocating cheetahs to India to populate an area that has not seen cheetahs in over 75 years. CCF is also actively involved in stopping the illegal wildlife trade of importation of captured cheetah cubs to the middle east by assisting in interdicting the cubs in Somaliland and creating a sanctuary for the rescued cubs. You can learn more at cheetah.org.
The Olgulului Rangers, supported in part by IFAW (International Fund For Animal Welfare) are dedicated to protecting iconic wildlife and provide security for local Maasai communities.
Monitoring over 367,625 acres of land, this initiative connects local Maasai communities, conservancies, and the OCWR Rangers to form a network of eyes and ears to protect the ecosystem’s iconic wildlife from poaching and other threats. Olgulului is home to more than 70% of the wildlife corridor and dispersal areas in the Amboseli ecosystem and is critical habitat for elephants, lions, giraffes, and other migratory animals. The rangers have several outposts and one rapid response unit. Through expert training, advanced technology, operational mentorship, and material the group has 76 wildlife security personnel, and includes Olgulului’s first female rangers, known as Team Lioness. See more at Team Lioness