Nomad Trust

Investing in Communities & Conservation in Tanzania

The Nomad Trust was set up in 2007 in areas of Tanzania where we operate our safari camps. We have always strongly believed in our long term commitment and responsibility to the surrounding communities and environment, not only for tourism but also wildlife conservation. For more information on the Nomad Trust, please email me - Lali Heath - on

Pack for a Purpose

Wed, May 14, 2014

Piyaya School gets a boost from the Unicorn

Last month I took a trip to Loliondo.  March is one of my favourite times in this part of Tanzania - all lush open plains and dramatic stormy skies shot through with rays of warm sunshine.  The migration was in full spate, herds swarming around Nduara Loliondo, the plains dotted with the dark shapes of animals as far as the horizon.  We did enjoy the wildlife and the camp was looking lovely, but we'd also come to visit the Piyaya School which we've long supported through the Nomad Trust.

For those not familiar with Piyaya here's a little background: this school is tucked away in a remote village, 7 hours drive from Arusha and has around 850 pupils from the local Maasai villages.  Because many of them are far away, over 300 of the children are boarders.  There are just 7 classrooms and 10 teachers (which means over 100 kids to a classroom!).  The children's meals are subsidised by the WHO and also by the parents.  The Nomad Trust has supplied desks to the school but it's badly in need of beds, mattresses and mosquito nets, not to mention text books (they have almost none) and other equipment.

The Unicorn School in the UK has been a longterm supporter of the Piyaya School, often doing sponsored walks and sending out sports equipment and teaching aids.  They sent out a lovely big box of stuff recently and so we had great pleasure in taking it to the school and watching the excitement in the children's faces as they unpacked their footballs, netballs, team bibs, Atlas and teaching tools, all translated in Swahili (well done Unicorn!).

The children have so little but it's great seeing the eagerness they have to learn.  They are polite and attentive and very gracious.

The head teacher, Mrekea Mruti, does a fabulous job of keeping things ticking over with very few resources and his team of young teachers are motivated and energetic.  The Unicorn School also sent a small camera so that the teachers and children could record aspects of their lives to help communicate their needs further afield.

The Piyaya School currently has a desparate need for beds, mattresses and mosquito nets.  More than 200 boys share a dorm that should probably sleep half that number and most don't have a bed or even a mattress.  Many curl up on half a piece of dirty uncovered foam on the floor.  If you'd like to donate towards this project, it would be hugely appreciated.  Please email me on

Thank you for reading and once again, thank you to the parents, teachers and children at the Unicorn School for their ongoing support of Piyaya!


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