Ogiek Peoples' Development Program

OPDP was founded in 1999 by Ogiek elders, opinion leaders, farmers and professionals in response to longlanding historical injustices that deprived the Ogiek community of its rights as Kenyan citizen. Its aim is to promote and protect Ogiek culture, land, language, environment, and human rights. It is based in Nakuru town and operates in three main counties inhabited by this community namely: - Nakuru, Uasin Gishu, and Narok. Ogiek means ‘ caretaker of all’ of plants and animals, or scientifically the flora and fauna. Ogiek population is being estimated to be approximately 30,000 people. Due to their small in number, the Ogiek have been an easy target for all kinds of frustrations including those seeking land on which to farm or graze. OPDP was founded so as to provide a springboard from which Ogiek community can take a lead role in articulating and advancing their developments, aspirations, priorities and social needs and constantly engaging the government and other shareholders on these issues.