WELCOME TO PARAN ALLIANCE
PARAN is a Maasai word used by all Maasai territorial sections (Kenya and Tanzania) to mean mutual sharing and support.It is a social strategy used to uplift, support and stabilize members of the community who have been hard hit by calamities for instance when a family loses all its assets during a drought-they are welcome to live with relatives and “livestock loans” are donated by the community.The family is given a cow and its calf.In this way, the family eventually regains its dignified livelihoods.Indigenous peoples’ all over the world have their own strategies and means of sharing and supporting each other; this makes them resilient.
Similarly, PARAN is about building relationships and caring about one another; So we can stand strong together as team.It is an indigenous knowledge and strategy for well-being that continue to be practiced at the family, clan and community levels and occasionally between communities that share some common resources such as rivers,lakes and other natural resources.
will build the capacity of pastoralists’ organizations and communities to be able to take lead in advocating their interests and enable them consolidate their efforts into a solid movement with a legitimate voice to advance pastoralists interests.
PARAN will employ advocacy and capacity building strategies will take several forms including community village forums, community radio shows, use traditional festivals to reach traditional leaders, knowledge sharing forums, learning exchange visits, training of champions, inter community dialogues, indigenous peoples organization learning forums to scale up advocacy, use of mainstream and social media platform, peace walks, camel caravan meeting with county assemblies writing petitions to relevant institutions such as relevant Parliamentary Committees, organizing women and youth forums and inviting officials, organizing delegation to visit specific offices etc. The alliance will also produce policy brief, policy information, communication, education and learning materials(posters, pamphlets, Videos, guide and manuals) and train community own resource persons(corps) on how to use and share information at the grassroots levels. The alliance will also organize press release from time to time based on emerging issues.
Founding Member Organizations:
IMPACT (Indigenous Movement for Peace Advancement and Conflict Transformation) is a peace building, human rights, governance, land rights, policy advocacy and community development organization. We are specialised and experienced working with socially excluded social groups specifically indigenous peoples a- pastoralists and hunter gatherers communities.
ISID (Indigenous Strategy and Institution for Development) is a community development organisation. ISID was initially established as a Community Based Organisation (CBO) in 2000 and later registered as a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) with the NGOs Coordination Board of Kenya in 2010.
Samburu Women Trust
Samburu Women Trust is an Indigenous women led organization that champions for the rights of women and girls among the pastoralist communities through strengthening their capacity to influence policies both at the national and county levels, decision making processes and address harmful cultural practices.
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.
Waso Trustland Project
Waso TrustLand Project has been operating in Isiolo to protect and defend land and human rights of pastoralists. The organization has been mobilizing downstream communities to oppose the construction of the Isiolo Mega Dam that has several hazards to pastoralists and the ecosystem.
is to secure pastoralist land rights and strengthen climate change resilience and adaptation among pastoralists by improving and advocating for community based natural resource management and building social movements and coalitions in Marsabit, Isiolo, Laikipia and Samburu