Seiya runs a community project within the Maasai Mara. The Obel project is a family foundation aimed at developing the local community. Seiya have taken on the management of the project and have an allocated $1m budget over three years.
The main focus for the project is to support education; this is being done through the provision of classrooms and dormitories at the Aitong primary school. The Obel project team also work with the Wildlife Clubs of Kenya to share knowledge and information with schools and students. Obel have also established an IT training centre, with 12 computers and a trainer, providing the local community at Aitong with access to technology and the skills to use it.
The most recent project is an Environmental initiative to establish a Waste Management Programme at Aitong and Mara North Conservancy. The Obel project will collect waste and recycle, sell on or incinerate as required. It is hoped this project will become self-funding through the re-sale of waste plastics.
The Obel project team are also involved in a programme to improve the cattle stock lines in the local communities. As part of this programme, mobile enclosures for cattle have been purchased; these provide protection for herds from wildlife threats and enable the local communities to co-exist with the wildlife.