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Maasai Visit Canada

May 12, 2019

We have just completed the Connections study tour involving three representatives from the Enguserosambu Forest Trust – Mark Talash, Nalaimuta Makeseni and Samwel Nangiria. Our Maasai guests arrived in Canada on April 28th. The first week was spent on Vancouver Island visiting representatives of the T’Sou-ke and Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations. They also spent time visiting and participating in a skills workshop at UVic. A public presentation at the university was also included in their itinerary.

The second week was spent in Yukon visiting Selkirk, Kwanlen Dun and Carcross Tagish First Nations. Here they participated in in-depth discussions about maintaining their culture and the context and strategies for management of lands and resources. They were hosted to traditional dinners, engaged in games and dances, and were guided on tours in and around the communities. Another public event was held mid week in Whitehorse. It was a most beneficial and very enjoyable visit.

We are very grateful to the people in Victoria and Whitehorse who hosted the Maasai representatives in their homes during their stay – Alison and Garth Hastings [Victoria], Gillian McKee and Erik Val [Whitehorse] and Heather Alton and Lindsay staples [Whitehorse]. A very special thanks goes to two people who coordinated all the logistics for the public events – Alison Hastings [Victoria] and Gillian McKee [Whitehorse]. And another thanks to Alison and her daughter Alex who hosted the group on their layover in Vancouver before the long flights home.

The tour was the combined effort of the University of Victoria, the Kesho Trust and the Enguserosambu Forest Trust. We acknowledge the funing provided by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada under the Connections Grant program.


Nalaimuta, Mark and Samwel on Meares Island in the territory of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation.



Together with members of the Lands and Resources Department of the Selkirk First Nation in Pelly Crossing.



Outside the Learning Centre in Carcross with representatives of the Carcross Tagish First Nation.


Information Night – Study Tour 2019

January 30, 2019

Here is an event where you can learn more about our 2019 Study Tour.

Our tour agent in Canada, Alison Hastings [TierOne Travel], is hosting an information night about our upcoming tour in Victoria, BC in February.  If you are in the area be sure and take advantage of this opportunity.  She will be showing slides form her participation in our 2018 tour so she is well informed to explain what lies in store for you in northern Tanzania with the Kesho Trust.  She will also be able to take bookings.

The details of the information night are posted here – Victoria Information Night

The full details of the tour are on our website at:  Kesho Trust Study Tour 2019

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Art Wright 1939 – 2019

January 15, 2019

Art WrightArt Wright was a highly valued supporter of the Kesho Trust.  From the time of our creation and for the next decade, he served as a Director and Advisor and was always open and willing to share his extensive experience and insights with us.  He was a pleasure to work with and we deeply appreciated his contributions.  He will be remembered fondly by those of us in the Kesho Trust who worked with him as I am sure he will be by the so many people he touched in all his endeavours.

Art Wright Obituary

Dr. Alfred Kikoti – Elephant Conservationist Extraordinaire

October 18, 2017


It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Dr. Alfred Kikoti in Arusha, Tanzania on October 13, 2017.  He served as the Chair of our board since it was established in 2011.  He was also the leader of the World Elephant Centre, a partner organization with whom we had been developing plans for a major international elephant conservation visitor centre along the Arusha – Serengeti Highway.  Alfred was passionate about elephant conservation and was a specialist in collaring and tracking elephants throughout Tanzania developing an extensive data base on their movements that was instrumental in assisting communities adapt to wildlife movements more effectively while conserving elephant populations.  He also served on the IUCN specialist elephant group and was an outspoken advocate aligned with many organizations actively promoting elephant conservation in Tanzania.  Our sincere condolences are extended to Alfred’s wife Miriam and son Jesson.

Alfred’s passion and commitment to this globally iconic species and the environments which they need to survive was a model and an inspiration to many.  As a tribute to Alfred’s work, it is important for us to continue to promote that commitment in the face of forces of greed and indifference to ensure that living in and with nature remains a valued human ideal.  The Kesho Trust will set up the Alfred Kikoti Elephant Conservation Fund to support ongoing efforts to achieve the outcomes Alfred was so passionately pursuing.  Please contribute to this fund through our website and identify your donations as dedicated to this cause.

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