Anticipating rains, preparing land for growing maize and potatoes and finding a market for the produce is what defines the present means of survival for Zakayo Lesingo, a member of Ogiek Community.
Lesingo born in Logoman Forest within the Mau Forest Complex in 1971 considers it an alien economic aspect in the community. The forest was his home and the land where his parents gathered food for the family.
He had grown in an environment where his clansmen went out to the forest to hunt for wild meat and collect fruits and berries from indigenous trees inside the forest.
Honey was in plenty too.Log hives were erected on trees and the bees produced honey throughout the year because rain was never a scarcity and nectar-producing trees were rarely off-season.
December 14, 2016, Ogiek Peoples Development Program (OPDP) and Ogiek Council of Elders visited the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) at their Nairobi offices to present the historical land injustices Ogiek community has experienced in Mau Forest Complex.
Ogiek has a historical cycle of oppression and alienation.
The indigenous minority ethnic community whose existence is traced to Mau Forest Complex, the environment in which they have known as home for their forefathers, present and future generation.
But it is also in this environment that this community whose numbers are yet to exceed 40,000 that they have faced human and land injustices coupled with underdevelopment.
Ogiek Peoples’ Development Program (OPDP) has established a Bio-cultural Community Protocol (BCP) for the Ogiek Community living in the Mau Forest Complex which provides a systematic framework for engagement of the community in natural resource management.
One in 10 girls in the Sub-Saharan Africa miss school during their menstrual cycle according to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
This statistic is likely to vary with girls from the indigenous minorities who are disadvantaged in several ways. There is a wide gap between sexual and reproductive health needs for girls and the services that they receive.