Organizations we Support
Uso Africa Safaris allocates a portion of its profits to a number of community-based organizations that address some of Kenya’s greatest challenges. In addition, we integrate these organizations into our itineraries in which clients have an opportunity to not only interact with the people, but to empower them through purchasing their handmade goods and/or tourist services.
Jacaranda Children’s Home, Nakuru
Jacaranda Children’s Home provides a nurturing and empowering environment to 25 girls with no living parent and come from throughout Kenya. The home also maintains a large garden to provide produce for the youth and also to sell produce to the nearby Lake Nakuru Lodge which then generates income to maintain the children’s home. Previous contributions from Uso Africa Safaris have helped stock the library at the children’s home with books and school supplies for the girls, and helped pay for school fees for some of their residents.
Losho Village, Masai Mara region
Losho is a community of Masai families with a pastoral livelihood focused largely on subsistence. The hard-working families raise livestock and host tourists as their primary means of income to help pay for food, school fees for their children and other necessities. In partnership with Uso Africa Safaris, leaders from Losho Village teach clients about their culture through traditional games and dances, and while talking during hillside hikes that provide clients with a fantastic view of the Losho region.
Unity Village & Umoja Village, Samburu region
Women in many regions of Kenya have struggled due to cultural norms that empower men and limit the rights of women. As those sentiments began to change during the past few decades, groups such as the Unity Village and Umoja Village help raise awareness about women’s rights and also provide refuge for women who choose to leave circumstances in which their rights are threatened. Support from Uso Africa Safaris and the purchase of beaded work by our clients have enabled these women’s groups with such projects as constructing a latrine and erecting a fence to protect their villages from wildlife.
Tabernacle International Provision Services, Mfangano Island
TIPS is a primary school located on an island in Lake Victoria. It serves orphans and other youth considered at risk. Its founder, “Mister Dan,” started the school after retiring as a school teacher and realizing that his community needed to become less dependent on outside assistance to take better care of its vulnerable children. Teachers at TIPS work tirelessly to assist their students and to help bring up the community.
Samburu Youth Education Fund, Samburu region
The mission of SYEF is to provide educational opportunities for youth from the Samburu region of Kenya through financial support of their education. Conservation of Kenya’s environment and the improvement of its communities can only be successful if its people are educated. SYEF provides sponsorships to secondary school to help create a population of educated individuals who will become the leaders of their communities with the skills to support human livelihoods and a healthy environment. Uso Africa Safaris contributes financially to SYEF each year to support many youth in their secondary school pursuits.