About Us

Reticulated Giraffe - endemic species in Northern Kenya

Welcome to Kivulini Trust.  Kivulini Trust is registered under the Trustees Act, Laws of Kenya as a non-profit, non-political institution that exists to reconnect pastoralist and other minority groups of Northern Kenya.

We draw on the wisdom inherent in our communities’ traditional cultural systems and practices, and believe in their power to shape their own destiny - in order to create sustainable livelihoods and inspire the protection and celebration of their rich cultural and natural heritage.

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Board of Trustees

Kivulini Trust is governed by a Board of Trustees that ensures the work done by the organization remains true to the vision of the Trust. The Board of Trustees appoints the Chief Executive Officer who provides oversight and oversees implementation of the Trust and lead in the day to day management of the Trust.  Team of dedicated and qualified staff attends to the day operations of the Trust. An Advisory Council of Elders provides wisdom and link to the grass-root communities.

Prof. Denge Galgalo (Board Chairman) has been involved in various programs aimed at uplifting the quality of the lives of the peoples of the north. He has genuine interest in the welfare of the people and the natural environment of northern Kenya region.

While at Cambridge (1997-2001), he organized a camel walk from Oxford to Cambridge which raised Sterling Pounds 35,000 for schools in northern Kenya. He holds a PhD (Theology) from the University of Cambridge and currently serves as the Vice Chancellor of St Paul's University, Limuru, Kenya.

Ms Fatuma Adan Dullo who hails from Isiolo, Kenya  has extensive work experience - having served as a District Officer 1989-94), Assistant Secretary/Legal Officer with the Ministry of Health (1995-2006), Human Rights / Legal Advisor with United Development Programme - Kenya (UNDP) (2006-2007).

Fatuma is Member of Law Society of Kenya - Advocate for the High Court of Kenya; FIDA Kenya and Board Member Pastoralist women Access to justice. Her written works includes the development of critical analysis of wildlife conservation Bill, participation in re-drafting of wildlife conservation Bill and presentation of Wagalla massacre case before African Commission in Swaziland in 2008.

She holds Masters Degree in Laws (Governance, Democracy & Legal process), University of Nairobi and presently serves as a Commissioner, Kenya National Commission on Human Rights where she is Commissioner in Charge of Security Sector Reform, International Obligations and Wajir Regional Office and with additional responsibilities in the mainstreaming children rights, Disability rights and women rights in the Commission.

Adele Tura HALAKE (Board Vice Chairman) is the Marketing & Services Africa/Middle East Division / Regional HR Manager TOTAL Kenya Ltd, ensuring good quality of staff management/people management; career, recruitment and selection, training and development; systems management; positions, employment, structure, compensation and benefits packages, welfare, payroll administration; Industrial relations management; rules and regulations, compliance with applicable laws, collective bargaining agreements, Disciplinary and grievances handling among others.

His stint with the leading media company in East and Central Africa gave him the necessary exposure and knowledge required to excel in a very competitive multi-cultural business environment.

Ummuro Adano, a native of Marsabit, Kenya is an international development consultant. He currently works for Management Sciences for Health (MSH) a non-profit organization based in the US. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with his wife and two boys.

He has lived and worked in several countries in eastern and southern Africa – working on health, education and social protection projects - for international organizations such as the British Council, DFID, and Save the Children.

Mr. Adano earned a Masters degree in health policy, planning and financing from the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK) and a Bachelors degree in education from the University of Kent at Canterbury (UK). He also received a merit diploma from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Tura Boru holds masters degree in epidemiology and currently works with US Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) in Nairobi, Kenya as technical advisor for global AIDS program. He has over 10 years working with health program development, implementation and evaluation. Tura is proficient in US grants management rules and regulations.

Stephen Timbor has over 15 years cumulative experience in rendering curative, preventative and rehabilitative services with specific areas in the treatment of patients, immunization of under five years children and antenatal care.  He has worked with Africa Inland Church medical services, Evangelical Lutheran Church Medical Services and Food for the Hungry.  Mr. Timbor has been a supervisor for maternal child health and nutrition program and acting coordinator for food for the hungry Kenya nutrition program. He has been awarded certificate of appreciation program in recognition of his dedicated services at the Food for the Hungry (FHI) Kenya.  He currently works with Pastoralist  Integrated Support Program (PISP)

Our Objectives

Kivulini Trust has several objectives as described below.

  1. Acting in the general interests of the pastoralists communities of northern Kenya on all matters pertaining to or touching upon their social, cultural and economic growth. 
  2. Support the improvement of the social and economic well-being of the pastoralist communities of Northern Kenya through capacity building for sustainable livelihoods

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Area of Operation

Kivulini Trust operates in Northern Kenya. The region encompasses the old districts of Isiolo, Marsabit and Moyale in northern Kenya and covers an area of 100,510 sq km with an approximate population of 400,000 inhabitants.

Why Northern Kenya?

Northern Kenya is characterized by low and unreliable rainfall (150-200 mm per year), high temperatures (30°C) and expansive scrublands, grasslands, extensive salt pans and lava-strewn desert plains with isolated extinct volcanic mountains.

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