We were established in 2000 by Robin Witt as the Rift Valley Tree Trust (RVTT). RVTT’s first partner was FOMAWA – Friends of the Mau Watershed – who shared a desire to protect and conserve the Rift Valley’s beautiful, but shrinking, bio-diverse environment. We spent the first 12 years working with partners involved in tree planting, water harvesting and fuel-efficient stove projects. Over this time, we met many women who were having more children than they wanted due to a lack of family planning, trapping the family in a cycle of poverty.
In 2012, we started working with a new partner, CHAT, who were using an integrated community mobilisation and mobile clinic model to provide family planning and primary healthcare services in remote and marginalised areas of Kenya. We changed our name to Community Health And Sustainable Environment (CHASE) to reflect the new focus on community health programmes alongside our existing environmental and tree-planting projects.
We now work with 7 partners across Kenya and Uganda to deliver tree-planting and ecological restoration programmes alongside family planning and healthcare services.
Meet the Team
CHASE Africa is composed of a small core team based in Somerset, UK.
In his campaign work, he is an ambassador on economic, social & environmental sustainability, a patron of Population Matters and the founder of MIRA Himalaya – an ongoing project providing medical treatment and health & hygiene education in the remote areas of the Himalayas.