The Kesho Trust


Promoting Environmental Conservation and Cooperation [PECC]

PECC seeks to assist in improving the rather strained relationships between Saadani National Park and the surrounding communities.  It seeks to do so through: better understanding of the relationship of conservation to community development and livelihood improvement; better appreciation of the role of communities in conservation and their potential participation in policy and management decisions; and better appreciation of and access to benefits from conservation by people in communities adjacent to parks. [learn more]

Kihembe Environmental Learning Centre

The Kesho Trust is especially keen to help young people learn about and engage with environmental management and conservation issues. Many of the communities in which we work are already at risk from the effects of climate change, increasing population and unsustainable land use practices. Young people need the opportunity to learn about the value of the environment in which they live and to help find the adaptations necessary to ensure long term viability of their communities. Find out more about how we are approaching environmental education in the Saadani area. [learn more]

Institutional Canopy of Conservation [I-CAN]

Led by McGill University and the Africa Conservation Centre this seven year program will work to identify the most effective designs for future community based conservation programs.  The Kesho Trust will specifically assist in the Loliondo area in cooperation with our partner PALISEP and with the assistance of another partner, the University of Victoria.  The Loliondo study area is one of  seven study areas along the border lands between Tanzania and Kenya. [learn more]

Community Conservation Research Network [CCRN]

the CCRN is a global network of 11 study areas focused on investigating linkages between conservation and livelihoods and the relationship of governance structures to those linkages.  The network is led by St. Mary’s University.  Although the network has been established for some time, the Kesho Trust has been asked to participate as an affiliate member because of our work in key areas in east Africa that are not well represented in the network.  [learn more]

World Elephant Centre

The Kesho Trust is supporting our partner organization the World Elephant Centre in the development of a major visitor interpretive facility.  This major project will also include research and conference facilities and be a focal point globally for understanding elephant ecology and management both from a scientific research perspective and from a public education perspective. [learn more]

Linking Canadian Youth to the Environment

Based on the principles of our early work with the Nature Child Reunion initiative, we are continuing to find ways to engage young people with the environment. we are currently exploring opportunities and would welcome ideas and partnerships to carry on this work.  We also continue to promote youth engagement in the Muskwa Kachika area of northeastern British Columbia through our partnership there.

Community Radio

Many of the communities in which we work find it hard to access information on important development issues. We are  currently working to develop community radio initiatives that are designed to enable peer led information exchange with women and young people taking a more active role in sourcing and disseminating information.  This effort is linked with a number of locations and especially with our environmental education work.  More details of this effort will be forthcoming soon.

Community Capacity Building

A key principal of the approach we take to development is that we are responsive to the needs and ideas identified by the people in rural communities. Our community capacity building approach is focused on facilitating the development of community based organizations so they can respond more effectively to the needs and challenges they face. Find out more about how the Kesho Trust is connecting community based organizations with skills and opportunities. [see the profiles of our partnerships to learn more]

Elerai Girls Education Program

Traditionally girls in the Maasai communities of Tanzania have not had many opportunities for formal education. Although girls may start school they often drop out early, under pressure to support the family home, get married and raise children. Attitudes are changing however and increasing numbers of girls are wanting to stay in school and are beginning to graduate with qualifications. Find out more about how the Kesho Trust is supporting girls education in the Maasai community of Elerai. [learn more]

Protected Areas and Poverty Reduction Research Alliance [PAPR]

This project has just been completed and final reporting will be posted soon.  To learn more about what the project contained and accomplished follow this link: [learn more]

Improving Community Awareness and Advocacy on Disability [ICAAD] 2

This project has just been completed and final reporting will be posted soon.  To learn more about what the project contained and accomplished follow this link:  [learn more]

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Past Projects

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