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An overview of the club

Establishment

Maasai Mara University Wildlife and Environmental Club (MMUWEC) is a club established under the Maasai Mara University rules and regulations governing students conduct and formation of clubs and societies to realize the objectives of the institutions. It was officially established on the 21st October, 2013 as a successor of the former Narok University Collage Wildlife and environmental Club (NUWEC) which was established in 2009.The club is also registered under the Wildlife Clubs of Kenya (WCK). The core mandate of this club since its establishment has being to sensitize the members of the public on the importance of conservation to the wildlife and the environment at large.

Motto:

We conserve and sustain.

Mission:

To conserve the environment for posterity.

Vision:

To be a leading association in championing campaigns towards sustainable environmental and wildlife conservation.

Justification

There was need for environmental conservation and unity of the people towards such an activity in the community and campus as well. It is necessary for students with the passion to conserve our environment and other natural resources around such as the Mau water catchment, the Maasai Mara national reserve to realize the full utilization and exploitation of their talents, and since there was no such a club in the entire university, it was resolved that the club be established.

Aims and objectives

  1. To conserve and sustain our environment for a better tomorrow.
  2. To educate the entire community of the importance of conserving our environment.
  • To encourage and participate in tree planting programs as a way of restoring the overexploited forest covers, such as Maasai Mau Forest.
  1. To advocate for a greener Narok, greener Kenya and a greener Africa.
  2. To empower the youths as a tool for environmental conservation and to market tourism.
  3. To educate students, community and entire nation of the role played by aclean environment. Through annual seminars conferences and workshops.
  • To encourage community to appreciate the environment available to them.
  • To help people understand the relationship between the economy of the country and the environment.
  1. To educate the youths about the dangers associated with misusing the environment and other natural resources available to them.

Membership

The club is formed by students and the staffs of Maasai Mara University in liaison to other stakeholders who are not students or employees of the campus.

Management

The clubs officials are elected by members democratically by use of a secret ballot and the candidate who gunners the simple majority is declared a winner.

The official body comprises of an executive committee and the committee which consists of members who are appointed to head the group units.

 The executive office bearers are:

  1. Chairperson
  2. Secretary
  3. Treasurer
  4. Project coordinator
  5. Organizing secretary
  6. Editor
  7. Vice secretary
  8. Vice chair
  9. Deputy organizing secretary

The committee members comprise of;

  • First year representative
  • Second year representative
  • Third year representative
  • Fourth year representative

Club Patron: Prof. Rumulus Abila

Former chairpersons  

  1. 2010 – 2011 Kimutai K. Thomas
  2. 2011 – 2012 Peter kipngetich
  3. 2012 – 2013 Morris Kings Mbae
  4. 2013 – 2014 Stephen Mutunga
  5. 2014 – 2015 James Mutembei
  6. 2015 – 2015 Stephen Kimanzi
  7. Sept, 2015 –Jan 2016 Antony Kithinji
  8. Jan, 2016 –Dec, 2017 Daniel Waiguru
  9. Jan 2017 to Date Silas Isabwa

Sources of finance

The main source of finance for the club is the registration and subscription fee from the members. Donations are warmly accepted as an alternative source of income.

Achievements

The club has recorded great achievements in its struggle for conserving and sustaining the environment. Below is brief record of past achievements.

  1. Trips
    • 30th January, 2011 – Kisumu Trip
    • 10th-11th April, 2011 – Nakuru National Park.
    • 6th February, 2012 – Mt Kenya National Park
    • 7th July, 2012 – Maasai Mara National Reserve Trip
    • 12th -13th July, 2013 – Kisumu Trip
    • 2nd November,2013 – Longonot National Park and Lake Naivasha Trip
    • 14th -16thFeb, 2014 – Aberdare National Park Trip
    • 10th October, 2015 – Maasai Mara Game Reserve Trip.
    • 22nd October 2016 - Mt Longonot National Park and Lake Naivasha
    • 2nd April, 2017 - Nairobi National Park and Nairobi Safari walk
  1. Campaigns
  • 9th August, 2014 –Save the Lion 10km walk – Maasai Mara National Reserve (Sekanani Gate)
  • 4th October, 2015 – Global Match For Elephants and Rhinos – 10km walk, Maasai Mara National Reserve (Sekenani Gate)
  • 4th October, 2015 – Global Match for Elephants and Rhinos – 10km walk, Maasai Mara National Reserve (Sekenani Gate)
  • 15th October 2016 - Global Match for Elephants and Rhinos through the clean up activity to mark the day within Maasai Mara University
  1. Talks
  • 23rd September, 2015- A talk on elephants by Justus Nyamu.
  1. Conservation activities
  • Club’s Magazine – November, 2015
  • 4th October, 2011 – Tree Planting, Ongata Naado Primary School
  • 14th June, 2012 – Tree Planting, Narok River Banks
  • 2012 – Tree planting, Mau Forest
  • 5th June, 2013 – World Environmental Day, Tree Planting

(University)

  • 5th June, 2014 – World Environmental Day-Tree Planting

(University)

  • 17th October, 2015 – Clean-up Activity in Maasai Mara University

Compound.

  • 25th March,2017   - Clean up activity within Maasai Mara University

Aspirations

  1. Clubs’ Magazine Vol. 1 – November,2015( Achieved)
  2. Clean-up Activity at Narok Town – November,2015( Achieved)
  3. End-of-year party –December,2015 ( Achieved)
  4. Strengthening links with the County Government, The Ewaso Ngiro River Development Authority, The Masai Mara Game Reserve and any other conservation body – Ongoing
  5. Advocating for a greener Narok, a greener Kenya and a greener world – Ongoing.
  6. Clubs’ Magazine Vol. 2 2017 - Ongoing

Chairperson,

Silas Isabwa

Contact – 0706859487

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Collaborations and Linkages

University of Pau-France

It was requested that MMU to host one French Master of Tourism student for internship in 2014.The details to be discussed between Dean Tourism MMU and Director Tourism University of Pau France after the conference.

Clemson University - U.S.A.

Exchange research, training and workshop conference Developing a tourism information system for Maasai Mara Game Reserve

University of Bordeaux 3-France

Establishment of a French Language Institute/ centre Maasai Mara University is currently teaching French language to students undertaking tourism, arts and hospitality courses.

Aarhus University- Denmark

Establish and promote joint research, development projects and academic cooperation with focus on the Maasai Mara (ecosystem, living conditions, economic growth and biodiversity)

Regents University-London-U.K

Areas of collaboration: Education cooperation and articulation programmes. Research collaboration Exchange of students, faculty and staff members Joint consultancy activities Knowledge transfer Participation in seminar and academic meetings Exchange of academic materials and other information.

Kenya Industrial Estates

Create incubation centers and incubate student's projects with potential for commercialization. Attachment of MMU staff to enterprise funded through KIE for purposes of gaining experience that would be ploughed back into teaching.

University of Hertfordshire.- London-U.K

To conduct a survey to identify current research, educational, policy and regulatory activities (Governmental, academic, NGO)

University of Munster, Germany

The parties agree to collaborate in the following area of mutual interest: Explore possibilities for joint research programmes, Exchanges for students.

Physical Address

Maasai Mara University

P.O. Box 861 - 20500, Narok, Kenya 

Email: info@mmarau.ac.ke

Tel: +254 020 5131400

Admission Enquiries: reg.aa@mmarau.ac.ke
 
Maasai Mara University is ISO 9001:2008 Certified.
 

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