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What an experience!!!

September 3, 2019

DSC_0406The field school run by the Kesho Trust and the University of Victoria recently wrapped up in Arusha after almost a month of awe inspiring travel and study.  Nineteen students led by Dr. Phil Dearden, Dr. Bruce Downie and Teaching Assistant, Emmanuel ole Kileli began their studies in Dar es Salaam.  They stayed in local accommodation ate local food and immersed themselves in the culture and experience of Tanzania.

Two major areas of focus were Saadani National Park and the Enguserosambu community forest lands – the traditional homeland of the Loita Maasai.  In the Saadani area the students stayed at the Kihembe Environmental Learning Centre in Mkange village and explored both the park area [including the Wami River and Indian Ocean] and the local villages of Mkange and Saadani.

DSC_0554 (2)In Enguserosambu Ward the group stayed at Almatasia Camp – an initiative currently in the development stage and managed by the Enguserosambu Forest Trust.  In between they met with staff at the College of African Wildlife Management in Mweka, toured the Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park and visited a high end tourist lodge on the village lands of Ololosokwan Village and were greeted by the Ololosokwan villagers in fine Maasai style at their new cultural development centre.  The students undertook group projects relating to their course work and presented their results on the last day at Almatasia Camp before leaving for Arusha and points beyond.  Many headed directly back for the fall semester while others took the opportunity to travel further in Tanzania and the surrounding region.

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It was indeed a remarkable experience for everyone and other reflections and links to images and videos from the field school will be following over the next while as people are able to sort through the materials and their own impressions of the experience.  Stay tuned.

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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

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