In a collaborative effort with Kenya's Yaaku people, Nanofasa has initiated the Word Forest Project—an urgent response to safeguard a tribe once on the precipice of extinction. These are a forgotten people, guardians of a dying language, warriors fighting to ensure their ancestral home survives the threats of illegal logging.
Nestled in central Laikipia County's Mukogodo Forest, the Word Forest takes shape. We're not just planting trees; we're weaving a living Yaakunte dictionary by carefully attaching Yaakunte words to tree-friendly tags. This connection between culture and nature breathes life into a heritage on the brink.
But our vision extends beyond reforestation. We aim to cultivate a collective effort—a harmonious blend of language revival and forest preservation. For every tree planted, a word is tagged and saved, preserving culture, stories, wisdom, and a sense of belonging. This is about cultivating hope for our planet's future.
The Mukogodo Forest is among Kenya's few remaining dry forests—a sanctuary under the guardianship of the Yaaku people. It's crucial for biodiversity, wildlife corridors, and cultural identity, yet it faces imminent peril.
In this critical moment, Nanofasa stands with the Yaaku people to defend this unique forest and language. Together, we defy the odds, breathe life into fading cultural identity, and ignite hope for our planet's future. Our mission is clear—to preserve, protect, and promote sustainable development in this sanctuary of culture, language, and nature.