For more than two decades, Keystone has been actively working towards the holistic wellbeing of indigenous communities, promoting ecologically balanced development with various indigenous communities. Despite rising income, indigenous communities have not seen a corresponding increase in both qualitative wellbeing and quantitative health outcomes. Seeing this discrepancy inspired Keystone to stage various interventions to realize a healthier, more wholesome future for indigenous communities.
The premise of our programme is that rapid change in indigenous communities has been coupled with significant socio-cultural losses. The decline of social cohesion, the rapid rate of change, and the lack of socio-cultural infrastructure to fill the void created by this change has led to indigenous communities experiencing a lack of overall wellbeing despite relatively better economic fortunes. The Keystone health programme looks to understand the linkages of people’s health to their culture and environment, and find ways to improve people’s wellbeing despite rapid social, cultural, and economic change.