Our programs seek to collaborate with Maasai communities in Kenya by supporting education and local economic empowerment efforts, as well as by building lasting relationships and partnerships. Currently our projects focus on supporting the community through empowerment projects, while striving to maintain the health of the Maasai's cultural and living landscapes by working with local people. BCI projects take the form of youth education, community-based conservation, income diversification, and other community assistance.

The Maasai are a group of indigenous, pastoralist people who live in Kenya and Tanzania. They still live traditionally, keeping their rich culture, despite pressures from a world modernizing around them. Displacement from tribal lands, frequent droughts, livestock diseases, lack of access to education are just some of the hardships they face.

BCI has formally transferred the Maasai Girls Education Project, Naretoi Women’s Initiative and the Mt. Kenya Trek to the newly formed Naretoi charity.

Please contact Naretoi for information and how to send donations directly to Naretoi for these projects. Contact: Rafaelle Abramovitz idgetrotter@hotmail.com

BCI will continue to operate and focus on the Twiga Trackers, Youth Wildlife Projects/school conservation programs, Sustainable Rangeland management projects, and ecotourism. For these projects please contact: Alan Whitehead at BCI alan@bioguides.org