The Kesho Trust works to build community based understanding and action that strengthens the interrelationships between people and the natural environment.
Here are some current activities in our active projects.
PECC (Promoting Environmental Conservation and Cooperation)
A representative from the Foundation for Civil Society [the funder for this project] visited in the field recently. She attended meetings in Matipwili and Gongo with the community committees there. Community committee members were able to explain their growing environmental awareness and community based activities. They described the progress they have made through the interactions with the park, their previous visit to agencies and organizations in Dar es Salaam and the development of awareness raising activities conducted in their communities.
Kihembe Environmental Learning Centre
Our fundraising late last year got our construction of site facilities off to a good start early this year. The first facilities to be constructed on the Kihembe site will support staff and volunteers who are helping with the development of the centre. These facilities include accommodation, office space, kitchen and eating and sitting space, washroom and a security gate. There is a phased plan for the development of the centre so that we can match our activity with the available resources. You can help us keep the momentum going by donating on this website at: donate . For further information on Kihembe follow these links to our project page or to the dedicated Kihembe website: Kihembe project – Kihembe website
Two preliminary meetings have been held in Canada and Africa to begin this long term research initiative. Leading the project is McGill University in Canada and the African Centre for Conservation (ACC) based in Kenya. The project is promoting research in the borderlands between Tanzania and Kenya to understand the relationships between conservation and livelihoods among the pastoralists of the region. The Kesho Trust is a collaborating organization in the research program and we are working with our partner PALISEP and focusing on their area around Loliondo as one of the project study sites.
Kesho Trust has also joined the CCRN as an affiliate member. The network links 11 research sites around the world on issues of community conservation including governance, livelihoods and biodiversity protection. Kesho Trust Director, Bruce Downie, will attend the international meeting planned for Tofino in June to share our experience of these issues in Tanzania with the network.
The Kesho Trust is an international organization established as a Canadian charity (89531 6206 RR0001).
The Kesho Trust (Tz) is our locally registered NGO in Tanzania