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By Moses Lemayian

The MMWCA internship programme is one of the avenues the Association invests in young people in the Maasai mara and beyond. The programme allows young graduates to have first-hand experience in the marketplace and hone their skills in a professional, engaging space.

The Association’s Chief Administrative Officer Rosebell Abwonji (inset), says the internship programme is central to sustainability as it nurtures talent to create leaders for the future who will propel the protection of natural resources for generations to come.
The students are placed in different departments for six months, where they have opportunities to network and collaborate with other young conservationists from the region and other conservation organisations.

Programme Structure

The Association successfully ran an initial two-year internship programme that saw 20 interns work with MMWCA. But, the Association extended the scope in 2023 to cover conservancies with the support of the Swedish International Development Agency through the Integrated Management of Natural Resources Project. With the enhanced coverage, about 100 youths will benefit from the programme, with 44 interns currently serving at the conservancies and an additional six at MMWCA.

Soyian Keiwua

Finance Officer, MMWCA
Working at MMWCA has been life-changing for me. I have made great career strides since joining the organisation four years ago. I am forever grateful my career was founded in a result-oriented, community-led and rooted organisation. The internship opportunity provided me with a platform to strive for better and contribute to the well-being of this (Mara) ecosystem.

Alex Lekishon

Communications and Grants Assistant, Laikipia Conservancies Association.
MMWCA internship programme shaped my writing and communication skills. I had a rewarding opportunity where I gained invaluable skills and specifically appreciated MMWCA’s role in communicating and documenting impact while driving change in the landscape I call home.

Daniel Kipeen

Administrator, Mara Lemek Conservancy.
It’s a life-changing opportunity for youths in the landscape. The opportunity shaped my career. I learnt report writing and was equipped with financial management skills and project management – aspects that assisted me in getting gainful employment at Mara Lemek Conservancy as an administrator at a time when covid-19 ravaged jobs, and revenue from tourism came to a stop. By affording youths from Maasai Mara these opportunities, MMWCA continues to cement its role in influencing positive change and building a generation of talented individuals to take care of biodiversity and the people.

One Comment

  • Its like you read my mind! You appear to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with a few pics to drive the message home a little bit, but other than that, this is fantastic blog. A great read. I’ll certainly be back.

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