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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

UVic students’ Fundraising for KT

April 3, 2020

Reminder:  Students at UVic who had participated in our field school in Tanzania last year had been developing a fundraising event for the Kesho Trust as part of their Global Development Studies course. With the spread of COVID-19 they have had to cancel the event and instread have prepared a gofundme campaign. We hope that you will check out their work at the link below and consider donating.  Thanks.


Monica Kurumbe – Our Youth Champion Candidate

March 12, 2020

IMG-20200304-WA0034In cooperation with the Northern Council for Global Cooperation (NCGC), the Kesho Trust has been successful in our application to the Youth Champions component of the Spur Change program. Monica Kurumbe, from our partner organization EMAYO, was our proposed applicant to the program and with the success of our application will participate in the program activities both online in Tanzania and during a trip to Canada later this year.

The Spur Change program is funded by Global Affairs Canada and aims to increase the effectiveness of Canadian small and medium organizations to deliver sustainable results in support of the Feminist International Assistance Policy and the Sustainable Development Goals. It seeks to increase the engagement of Canadian organizations in international development and especially youth, as global citizens. Online activities linking all participants in the program globally and subsequent activities in Canada will provide youth with the experiences, tools and opportunities to serve as local and national leaders on the Sustainable Development Goals

The Kesho Trust is delighted to be involved with this program and to have Monica, a longstanding contributor from our partner organization EMAYO, involved with the program. We will provide updates on the program over the next few months so please be sure to check in on our website and Facebook page.

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