The Kesho Trust


Data Gathering Activities Underway

November 22, 2021

Following the training event in Arusha, the community researchers returned to their communities and have begun to implement the data gathering according to the schedule developed. While some challenges exist, good progress is being made in the Elerai study area especially.

Community Researcher Training Event in Arusha

November 7 – 14, 2021

The IKG research program in Tanzania is being conduced in two study areas each made up of four villages. Community researchers were identified to work in each of the villages. We are pleased to have the following researchers working with us.

  • Elerai study area: Robert Sakinoi; Yakobo Nduya; Rebeca Moses; and, Rhoda Kashuma
  • Enguserosambu study area: Koisikir Nangiria; Joseph Siloma; Terere Tutayo; and, Anna Shololoi.

All the community researchers gathered in Arusha for a week long training event. They reviewed and confirmed the draft data tools [questions in the household survey, key informant interviews and focus group discussions]. They were trained on how to use the tablets to record responses and submit the data to the server. They also conducted test interviews and used the experience to review and refine questions and research techniques. Finally a schedule for implementing the research activities was confirmed. It was a very productive session.

The IKG is also pleased to have the skills and experience of Emmanuel ole Kileli and Samwel Nangiria to coordinate the work of the community researchers. They led the training workshop and will be supervising the activity in the field. The intention is for the group to gather again to review the results of the research when the data gathering is complete – hopefully early January.

Introductory Meetings Held in Enguserosambu

October 26, 2021

Emmanuel ole Kileli and Julius Daniel traveled to Enguserosambu to meet up with Samwel Nangiria and together the project team held a series of meetings in the area with the EFT, the Ward Development Council,  the community researchers and other individuals. The purpose was to familiarize everyone with the IKG project and specifically the upcoming research activity that would be taking place within the villages. There were extensive and fruitful discussions and the EFT board were pleased to be involved and keen to play a role in the implementation of the project.

Tanzania Masters Degree Candidate Announced

October, 19, 2021

Julius Daniel working with Elders in Enguserosambu
on the traditional mapping project.

The IKG designated funding to support academic research in Tanzania during the project and considered a number of possible avenues for delivering such support. A decision has been reached to support Julius Daniel in the furthering of his academic career and he has subsequently been accepted to study for a Masters Degree at the University of Dar es Salaam. Julius is a Maasai from Elerai. He has been an active volunteer with the Kesho Trust for a number of years and within the IKG is a coordinator with EMAYO. Most recently he served as the Field Coordinator for the indigenous knowledge mapping project in Enguserosambu led by Erik Val [see final report]. In part, as a result of his experience there he is keen to pursue training in GIS. His courses begin in November but he will also continue to support the IKG project during the course of his studies.

IKG Introductory Community Meeting Held in Elerai

September 20, 2021

Participants at the Elerai Village meeting.

IKG project staff held an introductory meeting with Elerai community representatives on September 20, 2021, at the Elerai village office conference room. The meeting was presided over by Matanda Palesio, Village Chairperson, along with Mariamu S. Selemani, Village Executive Officer (VEO). After the introduction of the village council members, the chairperson welcomed Mr. Simon Ngushani and other members from the traditional leadership. A total of 19 participants attended including village leaders, women’s group representatives and the community traditional leaders.

Following introductions of all attending including IKG project representatives, Emmanuel briefly explained the IKG project – its history [including the traditional mapping project conducted at the Enguserosambu Ward in Loliondo], objectives, timeline, partner organizations and individuals in the project. Julius then addressed the specific upcoming research activities, explaining the objectives of the research and the importance of gathering in-depth local knowledge in the process. He also acknowledged the local researchers who would be conducting the interviews and survey in the villages.

Further discussion focused on the benefits of the project and the research to the Elerai indigenous community and its impact on issues in their daily lives brought about by the climate crisis, the loss of their traditional lands, and many other influences.

It was a productive and beneficial meeting, gaining approval from the village and community organizations along with the promise of their full support. Subsequently IKG project staff also met with representatives from the Kilindi District office with a similarly positive reception and a letter of support from Mbonea Mfinanga, the District Executive Director.

Women’s group representatives at the Elerai meeting.

Community Researchers Confirmed in Elerai

September 21, 2021

In conjunction with the community meetings, IKG project staff met with four community researcher candidates and confirmed their participation in the upcoming research activities. The four researchers and the villages they represent are: Yakobo Nduya [m], Mkondoa village; Kambei Kileli [m], Elerai village; Nakuyeti Daniel [f], Ndumaro village; and, Kanambey Kashuma [f], Lolparakwo village.

Masters Student Selected

August 6, 2021

Katelynne Herchak has been selected as the student to enter the Masters program at UVic that is funded under our IKG project. She will begin her studies in September and will undertake her field research in Tanzania in 2022. We welcome Kate to the team and wish her every success in her studies. Follow this link for information about Kate.

Research Grant Available for Tanzanian Students

July 13, 2021

Are you currently enrolled in a post-secondary institution in Tanzania and looking for some support for your field research? Are you working in the area of land and water management and governance of natural resources within Maasai communities? Would you be interested in joining our project activities? If so, we would like to hear from you. We are interested in finding keen and capable students who have research interests that align with our project goals. Depending on the financial needs for research acitvities of individual students it may be possible to support more than one student. Please review this information bulletin (Tanzania Field Research Support) and contact us.

Funded MA Position Available at UVic

June 24, 2021

Interested in joining our recently funded SSHRC partnership project ‘Indigenous Knowledge Bridging of Land and Water Governance in Tanzania and Canada?  Or know someone who might be?  We have a two year funded position for the appropriate candidate looking to do a Masters degree based on research with the Maasai in Tanzania.  Check this link (MA UVic) to see details of this excellent opportunity …. but do it soon.  Applications are invited before July 10 and the program starts in September, 2021.