ABOUT THE KIISI TRUST FUND
The Kiisi Trust Fund was established in an out-of-court settlement in 2009 as part of a United States Federal Court ruling in the Southern District of New York. The settlement arose from a lawsuit against the Royal Dutch Shell Company by survivors and family members of people who were victims of human rights abuses arising out of Shell’s Nigerian Operations in Ogoniland in southeast Nigeria, the homeland of the Ogoni people. The Ogoni Plaintiffs included victims of torture and arbitrary detention as well as the survivors of husbands, brothers and fathers who were summarily executed for their role in protesting the cultural and environmental devastation of Shell’s operations in Ogoniland. The Trust was created from a $15 million settlement reached with Shell, $5 million of which was used by the Plaintiffs to create the Kiisi Trust to support programs in education, health, community development, and other benefits for the Ogoni people and their communities. The name “Kiisi” means “progress” in Ogoni. This Trust will allow for initiatives for education, health, community development and other benefits for the Ogoni people and their communities, including educational endowments, skills development, agricultural development, women’s programmes, small enterprise support, and adult literacy.