What we do

SALT engages every aspect of humans; inner and outer, secular and sacred, matter and spirit, tangible and intangible, quality and quantity. Depths and transformation are the cornerstones of the SALT work. As such, SALT processes are deep and transformative.

We accompany individuals and communities for transformation. We do accompany rather than lead, yet we guide always. We allow individuals and communities make their own choices, yet we challenge them so that the most comfortable path is not always the path chosen. For we know transformation is not comfortable. We offer opportunities rather than follow a recognized sequence of training. We are always present for those we are working with at all times. We embrace and respect the kind of transformation we are out for. We accept the gradual pace and slowness of the process. We do not try to push too fast for the sake of factors external to the transformation, yet we do not allow the process to waver. We are skillful as we realize we are mentors and accept the role of mentorship. We appreciate the fact that the work with SALT is not about implementation of projects but rather an accompaniment of process of individuals and communities. Our work is about working with transformative processes rather than implementing quick fix projects.

SALT has four interrelated Strategic Objectives. These have been defined through a process of examining the vision, purpose, achievements, lessons learnt, current strengths and weaknesses, along with the external context, threats and opportunities. The political, economic, socio-cultural, environmental and legal aspects were also examined. These strategic objectives reflect the priorities that SALT is focusing on. These Strategic Objectives are outlined below:

1. Regenerating Sacred Natural Sites & Watershed Areas – This involves restoring landscapes using various appropriate methodologies, tools and approaches such as community ecological maps and seasonal calendars, community dialogues for analysis, intercommunity learning exchanges and visits, coalition building and solidarity, social and ecological regeneration, communication & documentation of customary laws and clans governance for policy influence at county and national level.

2. Promotion of AgroEcology & Integrated Livelihoods - This involves revival and multiplication of lost/extinct indigenous and local varieties to increase seed diversity leading to improved nutritional levels, conducting seed and food fair exchanges and festivals, trainings on AgroEcology and bio-fertilizers and community research, communication & documentation and policy influence on seed laws.

3. Learning from Nature & Culture amongst the Youth – This involves piloting work with a selected school to learn from Nature and Culture and from community traditional skills such as beading, pottery, agroecology, weaving and basketry etc. SALT endeavors to balance the modern education with local indigenous and cultural education. It catalyzes young people in school and out of school to celebrate positive aspects of their culture and bring on board wisdom of elders as part of inter-generational learning. This amongst other things gives the young people their cultural identity. Along with this, SALT promotes experiential learning in natural environment/wilderness. SALT does this by supporting creation of the outdoor education centres. SALT believes that outdoor education can help children perform better in their curricular work in schools. It raises standards, motivation, personal development and behavior. Exploring the natural world makes other school subjects richer and relevant and gets apathetic students excited about learning and consequently improves the long-term memory. Nature raises self-control, self-awareness and improves the behavior of troubled children.

4. Institutional Development, Networking & Collaboration - SALT is strategically linked for widespread impact and for joint actions with like-minded collaboration. SALT embraces the concept of self-identity, clarity and strategic direction in its operations. SALT has well organized and motivated team to support delivery of its mandate. The team’s capacity is enhanced through needs assessments and individual mentoring. SALT aims to balance its organizational and individual needs. It strives to resource its activities and fundraising as a responsibility of all the team. SALT builds the capacity and confidence of its team to accompany communities more effectively.