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Research Grant Available for Tanzanian Students

July 14, 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 Research Grant) and contact us.

Funded MA position 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 the following link to see details of this excellent opportunity …. but do it soon.  Applications are invited before July 10 and the program starts in September, 2021.

Funded MA opportunity at UVic

Recognizing Our Yukon Volunteers

April 8, 2021

We are very pleased to be able to highlight the work of the Yukon volunteers who have supported us over the years.  The Northern Council for Global Cooperation (NCGC) invited us to provide background information for a storymap initiative (storymaps) that they have promoted on their website.  The format suited a reflection on all the good work many different Yukoners have undertaken with the Kesho Trust alongside our partners in Tanzania.  The Kesho Trust storymap has been completed and is posted on the NCGC website at: KT Yukon volunteers  Please follow this link to see the wide array of people and projects that have benefited from these volunteer contributions.

We would like to thank the NCGC for developing this interesting format and helping us to acknowledge the excellent work of our Yukon volunteers.

Maasai Traditional Knowledge Mapping

April 8, 2021

One of the primary activities identified in the initial planning of the Kesho Trust’s collaboration with and support of the Enguserosambu Forest Trust was to undertake traditional knowledge mapping of the cultural characteristics and use of their homeland.  The importance of this work was emphasized by Canadian First Nations communities to the EFT representatives who undertook a study tour to Canada in 2019.

Recognizing this priority, the Kesho Trust undertook a traditional knowledge mapping project based on interviews with over 50 elders and knowledge holders in the four Maasai communities of Enguserosambu Ward.   The project was coordinated by a volunteer experienced in the process with Canadian First Nations.  Erik Val (Yukon, Canada), who visited Enguserosambu on the first Kesho Trust study tour in 2018, returned to Almatasia Camp and coordinated the research along with the very able assistance of volunteer field coordinator, Julius Daniel (KT Tanzania), and community researchers Koisikir Nangiria, Terere Tutayo, Anna Shololoi and Stephen Sitoi. 

Erik produced the final report which is now available online on our website:  Maasai Traditional Knowledge Mapping.  Mapping support was provided by Brian Lewis (Montreal, Canada) and the Geography Department of the University of Victoria

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