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  • Organisation

    Yiaku Laikipiak Trust (YLT) is a women-led community-based organisation prioritising women empowerment as well as the preservation of the Yiaku language, their culture and the protection of Mukogodo forest in Laikipia County in Kenya. Yiaku works in collaboration with over eight women’s groups around the Mukogodo region and other community members and institutions.

    The organisation envisions a world where the rights of indigenous minority communities are respected and their culture and environment preserved for posterity; a society where all are equal and part of decision-making and resource-sharing.

    The organisation’s mission creates an enabling environment for the enjoyment of the fundamental rights of the Yiaku youth, women and children in their respective groups through capacity strengthening activities, networking and advocacy ensuring culturally appropriate development in tandem with their customs and beliefs; hence improved livelihood by 2024.

    • Organisation

      Yiaku Laikipiak Trust (YLT) is a women-led community-based organisation prioritising women empowerment as well as the preservation of the Yiaku language, their culture and the protection of Mukogodo forest in Laikipia County in Kenya. Yiaku works in collaboration with over eight women’s groups around the Mukogodo region and other community members and institutions.

      The organisation envisions a world where the rights of indigenous minority communities are respected and their culture and environment preserved for posterity; a society where all are equal and part of decision-making and resource-sharing.

      The organisation’s mission creates an enabling environment for the enjoyment of the fundamental rights of the Yiaku youth, women and children in their respective groups through capacity strengthening activities, networking and advocacy ensuring culturally appropriate development in tandem with their customs and beliefs; hence improved livelihood by 2024.

    • Project

      The indigenous people of Yiaku are the native inhabitants of the Mukogodo forest and over time have been assimilated into stronger tribes especially the Maasai and Samburu through intermarriages. Gradually they have lost their habitat, language, culture and identity, and not even the government has an accurate record on the population of the Yiaku people, which is preventing their recognition as a documented tribe with a dialect.

      Creating awareness on the recognition of Yiaku people of Mukogodo as a Kenyan tribe project creates an opportunity for the Yiaku people to be counted during the 2019 census in Kenya. This process entails lobbying with the concerned institutions and stakeholders and creating awareness on the census in the interior areas that the government has had minimal reach due to the remoteness.

      Women are at the forefront of this project, this experience builds their capacity and exposes them to leadership and project management skills. As a result of being counted, the Yiaku people have a basis of seeking their rights to resources and take part in decision making.

  • Project

    The indigenous people of Yiaku are the native inhabitants of the Mukogodo forest and over time have been assimilated into stronger tribes especially the Maasai and Samburu through intermarriages. Gradually they have lost their habitat, language, culture and identity, and not even the government has an accurate record on the population of the Yiaku people, which is preventing their recognition as a documented tribe with a dialect.

    Creating awareness on the recognition of Yiaku people of Mukogodo as a Kenyan tribe project creates an opportunity for the Yiaku people to be counted during the 2019 census in Kenya. This process entails lobbying with the concerned institutions and stakeholders and creating awareness on the census in the interior areas that the government has had minimal reach due to the remoteness.

    Women are at the forefront of this project, this experience builds their capacity and exposes them to leadership and project management skills. As a result of being counted, the Yiaku people have a basis of seeking their rights to resources and take part in decision making.

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