For nearly 50 years, Satao was one of the largest tusker elephants to roam Kenya. He’s called a “tusker” because his tusks nearly reached the ground and each one weighed in excess of 100 pounds. During his lifetime he managed to survive the threats of predators, fire, flood, drought and humans. However, on May 30, 2014, he couldn’t dodge a poisoned dart and was murdered for his ivory. His senseless death motivated our founder, Peter Balunek, to take action and become a voice for animals and to find a way to improve the lives of wildlife. Peter named the foundation in honor of Satao.
Molibany School Project
Molibany Primary School, located in the town of Talek, Kenya, is home to approximately 440 students in grades 1-8 who live in the local community. Talek is adjacent to the world famous Masai Mara National Reserve, home to Africa’s Big 5 (lion, leopard, elephant, cape buffalo and rhino) and to the annual migration of more than 1,500,000 wildebeest and zebra. The community is a vital resource for the Reserve and its wildlife.
The school is comprised of two existing classroom buildings and a third makeshift building serving as a classroom. As a result of the growing student population, the school has run out of space and desks and the current facilities are inadequate. Students in the makeshift building sit on concrete floors because there aren’t enough desks. In the classrooms with desks, there are often two students sitting at a desk designed for one.
The new building includes four classrooms, a library, a teacher’s room, a head teacher’s office and a headmaster’s office. A sketch of the new building is below. Each classroom will be outfitted with enough desks for all the students.
The total cost of the project is $55,000. To date we have raised just over 50% of the total cost, which has allowed us to break ground on the project November 1, 2017, with a projected completion date of February 1, 2018.
Construction is underway and we need your support to see it through!
Benefit to Wildlife
Wildlife is a significant source of tourism revenue for African countries like Kenya. Through the efforts of the Satao Wildlife Foundation, and other community organizations, we are working to make sure that local residents realize the economic benefit of tourism in their community. The Masai Mara Reserve is a source of local jobs, and through projects like the Molibany School Project, the rest of the community benefits as well.
The end result is a win for wildlife and a win for the community. Our goal is for the local residents to see wildlife tourism as a way to make their communities stronger and create a path to education, healthcare and a brighter future for their families and the community.
When we improve the lives of people, we improve the lives of wildlife.
Ways to Help
100% of your donation goes to our projects and all donations, regardless of size, will have a major impact on this project.
Here are examples of how far your donation can go:
- $50 buys one, lower school desk for six students
- $75 buys one, upper school desk for one student
- $500 buys ten, lower school desks
- $750 buys ten, upper school desks
- $1,500 outfits lower school classroom with chalk boards and desks
- $2,500 outfits upper school classroom with chalk boards and desks
- $7,500 builds a classroom or office
- Any amount can buy textbooks
The Satao Wildlife Foundation is a registered 501c3 public charity in the United States and your donation may be tax-deductible. Please consult your tax advisor.