Kivulini Trust

Kivulini Trust

http://www.kivulinitrust.org/

Kivulini Trust supports pastoralist communities in the rangelands of Northern Kenya to maintain their cultural and natural heritage, and to realize their aspirations for positive change. The organization works with the Turkana, Gabbra, Boran, Rendille, El-Molo, Burji, Somali, Garri, Samburu, Waata, Saakuyye, Daasanach and the Konso peoples of the region which encompasses over 100,000 square Kilometers of gorgeous arid and semi-arid lands. The Trust values and endeavors to strengthen communities’ own capacity to effectively revive, practice, document, promote and transmit their cultural heritage. Kivulini’s programs mainly focus on (1) promotion and celebration of cultural diversities, (2) environmental management centered on rich indigenous knowledge and traditional institutions, (3) support for local livelihood strategies that include pastoralism, fishing, and artisans, and (4) strengthening social cohesion and community interactions built around existing shared social and cultural heritage. Currently Kivulini works with nine ethnic communities in northern Kenya. At the broader regional scale, Kivulini works on land issues especially on securing communal grazing resources threatened by development projects.  In all its project areas, Kivulini Trust has engaged local community groups, and especially women, to participate in the promotion of cultural expression, resource governance and sustainable livelihood.