The organization, with support from its partners including Minority Rights Group International (MRG) and Center for Minority Rights Development (CEMIRIDE) successfully launched and won a case against the Kenyan government in February 2010 over the forceful eviction of the Endorois community in Lake Bogoria. The EWC, therefore, seeks to empower the indigenous and minority to advocate for their social, economic and political rights with special attention to vulnerable groups such as women and children within the communities.
Endorois Welfare Council (EWC) is a registered community-based organization, established in 1995. It was founded by senior members of the Endorois indigenous minority community living in the Lake Bogoria area of Baringo, Marigat, and Mogotio districts of Baringo County, as well as in Nakuru and Laikipia Counties within the Rift Valley Province of Kenya. One of the reasons for establishing the organization was to seek restitution of Endorois land which was seized by the Government of Kenya in 1973 to create the present Lake Bogoria Game Reserve. Subsequently, this led to loss of ancestral land and natural resources, economic, cultural, religious and social status and rights.
EWC has been able to carry out training activities that are aimed at building the capacity of the Endorois community members to advocate for their socio-economic rights. This initiative was part of the wider strategy that resulted in successful launching of the Endorois case at the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Right (ACHPR). EWC has also successfully collaborated with other civil society organizations to initiate community development projects in the Lake Bogoria area of Baringo and Laikipia Counties
EWC has realised the importance and the need for organizational focus and strategic partnerships to be able to move towards its vision and mission