Livelihoods in the area to the north of Ol Pejeta are predominantly based around pastoralism. People here not only struggle with frequent dry spells leading to lack of pasture, but also with lack of infrastructure and government services. Hospitals and schools are few and far between.
To tackle the crippling lack of healthcare access, Ol Pejeta supports a mobile clinic, which travels to the area bi-weekly. For people that would otherwise have to walk half a day to see a doctor, this has proved to be a hugely successful project.
Ol Pejeta has also supported the provision of solar lamps to households without electricity, and the maintenance and rehabilitation of boreholes for clean drinking water.
There is a huge gender disparity in the region, and this is often most apparent in schools. Girls face cultural challenges that, more often than not, keep them from completing secondary education. These challenges include early marriage, female genital mutilation (FGM) and household chores. Ol Pejeta has supported 14 bursaries for young girls in the north of the Conservancy to continue their education, as well as the building of a girls dormitory at Ereri Primary School. Ol Pejeta supported infrastructure at other schools includes classrooms, ablution blocks, and even conservation agriculture farming areas so schools can be more self-sufficient.
Ol Pejeta is also working with pastoralists here to raise awareness about more sustainable grazing techniques, to build resilience to dry seasons when pasture is minimal.