Starting in 2015, Ethnorêma-ODV has launched a series of still ongoing projects in support of the Ogiek community of Mariashoni (Elbagon administrative division, Molo district, Nakuru County, Kenya). The projects are co-financed by the Autonomous Province of Bolzano (office of international relations and voluntary work) and carried out with various Italian and Kenyan partners.
July 29, 2022
We are truly saddened to announce the death of our colleague, friend and brother Samuel Karanja Muhunyu from Necofa (Kenya). We had the immense privilege of being able to collaborate with him for over 10 years for 5 projects in favor of the Ogiek population and to be able to meet a man who with seriousness, heart and determination has helped many to live better and to find hope and dignity.
We will miss you immensely.
A hug and sincere condolences to Samuel’s family and to the whole Necofa team
See also a memory of Samuel at this link from the Slow Food website.
Ethnorêma, Mani Tese Kenya Branch, NECOFA
with University of Trieste
Development programme for the strengthening of identity of the Ogiek community – third phase
Promotion of social and economic resilience of the Ogiek community of Mariashoni regarding the challenges in Kenya brought on by Covid-19, climate change and the shift of government land policies
SBS radio (Australia) interview with Bruna Sironi (August 11, 2017)
“Speaking of home – The story of the Mount Elgon Ogiek” di Laura Meriläinen
The Ogiek people live on the slopes of Mount Elgon in Kenya. This documentary shows the Ogiek’s relationship to their homeland and to the world. As indigenous peoples without official minority status in Kenya, the Ogiek have gone through evictions from their native land for decades. Time after another they have returned to their land to continue living in the forest. The documentary is the Ogiek’s story, in their own words, of their hopes before the 2013 Kenyan elections. It was filmed in Chepkitale, Mt. Elgon in 2012 during a mapping workshop. Through developing a map of their land, the Ogiek not only strengthen their cultural identity, but can show that the land said to belong to someone else, is rightfully theirs.