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.
As a follow up to the case study documentation prepared last fall IUCN provided a grant to support the visit of representatives of LTC who met with our PECC committee representatives to share experience of community based tourism locally and in comparable situations internationally. Peter Millanga, PECC Project Coordinator, facilitated the meetings with the assistance of Director Karen Clyde. The process also included a community based tourism training workshop which was designed and led by KT [Tz] Director Agnes Sirima. Two volunteers participated in the activities as well and they provided perspectives on their experience – Matthias Lein-Clyde [Whitehorse, Yukon] and Penina Mairo [Dar es Salaam, Tanzania]. A report on the activities under the IUCN grant summarizes the results.
Our partner organization SANA has linked us with architectural designers, Konstantin Ikonomidis and Christopher Paxton, who are assisting us in the process of detailed designs for the Kihembe site development based on the conceptual design report prepared by our volunteer Brent Liddle. Discussions are ongoing and we anticipate having a design package later this year. Meetings between SANA and Kesho Trust will review and promote the package in a search for funding support. Kihembe project – Kihembe website
We have developed a comprehensive initiative and capacity building program with our partner the Enguserosambu Forest Trust [EFT] of Tanzania’s Ngorongoro District. The initiative includes some major project activities around traditional knowledge mapping and land management practices. In October 2016 with members from both the Kesho Trust and the EFT (Samwel Nangiria and Mark Talash in the photo above) we met with a number of donor organizations in Dar es Salaam to present our initiative and seek support.
The CCRN has recently posted the community story for our study area of Saadani National Park. Like other stories from other sites around the world, the story outlines the objectives and activities of researchers and local organizations in fostering conservation and community engagement and benefits. The CCRN continues to provide a series of newsletters of the activities of participating researchers in the various study areas and posts them on their website. A series of webinars is also planned for 2017 that will draw on the experience from the participating collaborators. As an affiliate organization in the network, the Kesho Trust is pleased to be participating in the activities of the network and contributing our experience in Saadani.
The Kesho Trust has a responsibility within the I-CAN project for the Loliondo study area in conjunction with our partner PALISEP and the University of Victoria [UVic]. An MA student at UVic, Emmanuel Ole Kileli, Chair of our partner organization EMAYO, is supported within the project and is currently conducting his research data collection in the Loliondo area. Director Bruce Downie is serving on Emmanuel’s thesis committee.
The Kesho Trust is a Canadian charity (89531 6206 RR0001).
The Kesho Trust (Tz) is our locally registered NGO in Tanzania