DESECE - development education services for community empowerment - works since 1993 in Western Kenya in the areas of peace building, human rights, civic education, gender, health, organic agriculture and environment and ecology. We want to thank you for visiting us "on the air" and would like to take you with us on a journey through our last year in pictures:
Chasako Self Help Group and Tambulukha Women Group were the first groups to benefit from DESECE MPF´s which was founded in 2015 through the generosity of a private donor from Austria. The main advantage of this project is that the beneficiaries can receive interest free loans thus enabling to reduce the risks of their business activities, as common banks take interest rates of up to 22 %. The evaluation has shown that the groups lack information about the profitability of different enterprises, but also that the groups need more guidance from DESECE. As a result the groups were not able to pay back the loans in time. We will try to improve that in future more MPF's can be rolled out to our beneficiaries, and we would like to thank our private donor for the confidence and patience!
Chasako self-help group from Kapkateny
Tambulukha women group from Bumula
In the beginning of June something special happened - DESECE started it's first vocational training. It was our long awaited dream to offer especially young people the chance to get trainings for their future profession. We are happy that our chef Benedict Lusambili is willing to give his experience and skills in the next 4 months to 14 young girls and boys. Dear participants: We hope one day you will cook some nice food for us!
The participants in the Conference hall
Benedict and the youth after their first training
On 30th April the Austrian Broadcasting station ORF showed at 12.30 pm a documentation about DESECE: "Poverty is a crime" - Sophie Kibuywa wants to change Kenya. TV magazine "Orientation" shows a TV portage about DESECE, a partner organization of the action "SEI SO FREI" of the Catholic Men's Movement, Brother and Sister in Need and Horizont3000 from Austria.
At the end of March we had the pleasure to welcome Aktion Regen for the 4th time. Dr. Jutta Reisinger and Margaret Bachlechner visited us and trained the advanced rain workers from November 2016 as well as beginners, now DESECE has 36 rain workers who teach in health centres, communities and schools about sexual and reproductive health. We are grateful to have found such an interesting partner which helped us to form a new "health program". And we also want to thank Annelies Innerkofler to accompany the ladies, for taking many of the attached pictures and for her generous support for DESECE! We hope to see you again this year!
We are very grateful that more and more institutions, organisations and companies are visiting us and support us in our aim to become self-sufficient from international donors in future. Amongst our visitors were:
Thank you very much for your support and we hope to see you again!
In order to improve the knowledge and skills of our local farmers, 45 leaders of farmer groups were invited to DESECE premises for an introduction to sustainable organic agriculture practices and marketing which was facilitated by DESECE field officers and the technical advisor. This will be followed up by group mobilization and in-depth trainings in the field.
Brothers and Sisters in Need from Innsbruck, the capital city of Tyrol, Austria is our oldest partner. Since 1998 they support our organisation in funding our development programs as well as our facilities like the office, restaurant and conference centre but also means of transport. To monitor the current implementation of our program as well as to share DESECE's future prospects Matthias Danninger - project desk officer East Africa - visited us. Dear Matthias, we sincerely appreciate your continuous support for the growth and self-sustainability of the organisation!
Matthias listening to a women group at Mount Elgon ...
... and welcomed in our Conference hall by Robert
Horizont3000, SOS and Red Cross Austria together with the East African local partners held a 3 days event discussing on the achievements and challenges of the pilot Policy Dialogue project that was implemented in 2015 - 2016 and future plans for 2017 - 2018. Thank you very much Petra Herout, Kristina Kroyer and Elisabeth Moder from Horizont3000 Vienna for organizing this event!
The contracts of DESECE staff members are renewed annually after the staff appraisal and individual interviews with the board members, which happened at the beginning of February. This is the chance for all staff members to share their achievements and challenges individually with the board. Thank you board chair and members for listening to us!
With a hope of collaboration on a cross-border project focusing on natural resource management 3 universities from Kenya, Uganda and Austria initiated the "Nexus Project". The aim of this project is to improve water quality and quantity in the catchment area of Malakisi and Sio river in the Mount Elgon area bordering Kenya and Uganda. We had the pleasure to discuss this project with Mr. Mathew Hernegger from BOKU and Mr. Jakob Lederer from TU Vienna, Austria. DESECE might be a partner in collecting data for this project. Thank you for involving DESECE in this critical issue, Mathew and Jakob!
Jakob and Mathew are inspecting the Ecosan toilets ...
... and DESECE's simple waste management system
At the beginning of the year DESECE had the privilege to be trained on financial management by Mr. Kelvin Kogo from Horizont3000 Kampala, Uganda. We believe the knowledge will help the organisation improve on its financial planning, reviewing and reporting tools. Thank you Mr. Kogo for your continuous support!
At the end of every year the team of DESECE sits together and talks about the challenges and achievements of the past year and the plans and improvements for the next year. The other thing is to thank all our donors, partners and friends for their support, as our work would not be possible without them. In this sense we wish you all a very peaceful time - Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year - we hope to see you all healthy and happy again in 2017, asante sana!
From left to right: Elizabeth, Isaac, Kay, Catherine, Irene, Godfrey, Benedict, Sophie Elizabeth, Patrick, Robert, Millicent, Emmanuel, Gladys, Martin, Paul, Lynnet, Priscilla and Emmanuel
Madam Sophie handing over presents to the team ...
... and a special present from our head cook Benedict!
DESECE established it's own M&E department in 2013. Now - thanks to a funding from Knowhow3000 through Horizont3000 - the organization got the chance to further improve on it's M&E system. We would like to thank also Daniela Petrasova, Technical Advisor from Horizont3000 and Mr. Andrew Wekunda, Senior M&E Manager from "One Acre Fund" Kenya for facilitating in the workshop. The main objective of the workshop was to improve DESECE's evaluation tools on the levels of outcome and impact. Thank you Daniela, Andrew and Horizont3000 for enabling us to improve our M&E system!
"Ball game" for improving the processes in M&E
"Teamwork game" on building the M&E System
Mr. Andrew Wekunda
The fears of the workshop participants
Daniela Petrasova and Madam Sophie
Aktion Regen - an Austrian organisation which developed a new approach for sexual & reproductive health - visited us already the third time. Dr. Jutta Reisinger, an Austrian medical doctor and Margaret Bachlechner, a Kenyan lady try to inform girls and women about their body, menstruation cycle, fertility awareness, family planning, safe motherhood, contraceptives and HIV/Aids prevention to enable them taking their lives in their own hands and assure a healthy family. This time 43 participants were trained and 19 of them of the advanced group have finished the workshop as new "rain workers". DESECE is very grateful to found you - Jutta and Margaret - as new partners in our health program and we are looking forward for your new workshop in April 2017, that even more rain workers finish their education for the well-being of families in Bungoma County. Asante sana and God bless you, Jutta and Margaret!
Group picture with the new rain workers in blue t-shirts
Our new rain worker Rose
The necklace of Aktion Regen is demonstrating the cycle of a woman
Jutta, new rain worker Emmanuel and Margret
Our main donors - Horizont3000 in co-finance with the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and Brothers and Sisters in Need (BSI) from Austria - visit us at least once a year to monitor our financial system, but also to visit our beneficiaries. Thank you Mrs. Jennifer Okusia - Head of financial programs, and Mr. Kevin Kogo Kemboi - Assistant of financial programs, for being with us, and to you Lawrence, for bringing them safely to Mukuyuni and back. We hope that you have enjoyed your stay and are looking forward to seeing you next year!
Animal food processing at the smallholder cooperative
Value addition - feeds for poultry and fish
Jennifer, Kevin and Lawrence with DESECE team
Beginning of November we welcomed very special guests: The ORF visited DESECE to create a documentary about the work of our organisation. Mr. Marcus Marschalek from the broadcasting station was accompanied by our friends Mr. Franz Hainzl, former director of Brothers and Sisters in Need, Austria, Mr. Wolfgang Heindl from Aktion "SEI SO FREI", Austria and by Mr. Luis Cordero from the press department of the Catholic Men's Movement, Austria. We are excited and can hardly await to see the movie!
Thank you Mr. Marschalek (ORF), Mr. Heindl and Mr. Cordero (Aktion "SEI SO FREI") for providing us pictures!
Now - after staying in Mukuyuni for over 3 years - we thought it is time to have our first "Field Day". Our gratitude to all visitors and especially to all stakeholders who exhibited on our land: The Ministry of Agriculture with the Fishery department, Kenya Seed Company, Seedco, Biovision Trust, Kenya Organic Agricultural Network (KOAN), Ministry of Health, Community Health Workers (CHW), Catholic Church Mukuyuni, Bilibili special group, Wema self-help group, Hequeendo support group and M-Kopa solar system. The whole event was under the patronage of ACC Mr. Ivan Opakas, thank you very much! We hope that all participants and visitors enjoyed the coming together and we are looking forward to another Field Day in Mukuyuni!
Thank you Mr. Marschalek (ORF), Mr. Heindl and Mr. Cordero (Aktion "SEI SO FREI") for providing us pictures!
DESECE strives to become independent from international donors in future. For that we have created an income generating strategy, where dairy cows play an important role. Why "dairy cows"? Because with dairy cows we will never be a competition to our local farmers - our beneficiaries - as there are creameries who buy milk from anybody. And recently we found a very competent partner, Mr. Wytze Heida from "The Friesian" - SNV from, Netherlands. And Mr. Heida invited us to a very successful dairy cow farmer, who shared his experience for us that we learn for our own project.
Group picture of the visitors
The dairy cow farm south of Eldoret
Mr. Heida presenting maize silage
It looks like that a long-lasting wish of Madam Sophie becomes true: DESECE was never able to offer the youth of Bungoma vocational trainings, but through the support and connections of Mr. Adrian Waijers from Elimu Mount Elgon Foundation we found a new partner - Tools to Work - from the Netherlands. We would like to thank you Mr. Luitzen Wobma, Director of Tools to Work and all your team members in thrusting DESECE. For our upcoming co-operation we would like to say thank you in the name of our young people who will get the chance to get professional skills for their future work, thank you so much!
Tools to Work, Elimu Mount Elgon Foundation, County Government of Trans-Nzoia and the Board of DESECE
Group picture after the meeting
Thank you Buffalos! It happens not every day that DESECE has the chance to welcome 350 students with all their teachers, in this case from Chesamisi High School! The students are very close to their exams and besides getting motivation and useful tips from their teachers DESECE was invited to create awareness on the rights and responsibilities of the students regarding the Children's Act 2001 and on the Sexual Offences Act 2006. All the best for your exams, dear students - and thank you teachers for choosing DESECE for this event!
Teachers and students enjoy the shade
More than 300 students in the Conference hall!
DESECE had the pleasure to welcome Mrs. Lilian Ahimbisibwe - Program Officer of Horizont3000 Kampala - in Mukuyuni. We would like to thank you Lilian for listening to our achievements but especially to our challenges, and for your motivating words. We hope to see you again soon!
Lilian from Horizont3000 Kampala with DESECE director and the team
In 2016 DESECE held its annual peace tournament in Webuye. We would like to thank Mr. Caleb Okenye - ACC of Bungoma East - and Panpaper for hosting the event and all the participants in the various events: dancing competition, volleyball, sack-race, football, eating competition and hundred-meter race as well as our artists - guitar player Daniel, Melody for her inspiring poem and lady Rose and the theatre group for their funny contributions. Last we want to thank our donors and all the visitors for supporting the actors to make the peace tournament one of a kind.
DESECE is interested in having a biogas plant as an alternative green energy source that will enable the organization to cook with gas, heat warm water for a future guesthouse and generate electricity with a generator. This will be as a result of having a commercial dairy milk project that the organisation envisage to implement in the near future. The Technical Advisor visited Biogas International Kenya in Karen, Nairobi to get more insight in the performance of modern biogas systems that DESECE could use.
Commercial biogas system T Rex 30
Cooking with biogas
Small scale biogas plant
"Although the living conditions are very different, yet some parallels can be drawn," notes Ms. Landesrätin Christine Baur after meeting Ms. Sophie Elisabeth Kibuywa from the Western Kenyan district of Bungoma. At the meeting Kibuywa reported on the development project that DESECE organization undertakes, which she heads as a director. The NGO is supported by “Brother and sister in need” of the Diocese of Innsbruck. DESECE puts a special focus on women who bear the brunt of the workload in Kibuywa’s home area, especially in agriculture.
(Parts of the original media information from 20th of April by the office of the provincial government of Tyrol; translated; full version on download under point "donor").
Ms. Sophie Elizabeth Kibuywa, Director DESECE and Landesrätin Christine Baur, Tyrolean Government
DESECE developed a strategic plan for the years 2012 to 2016. With new emerging trends in the working areas there is need to look at new strategies and approaches. We are very happy that Mrs. Hettie Walters, a long-time friend of DESECE from the Netherlands volunteered to facilitate and assist our organization come up with a new strategic plan that will run for 2017 to 2021. Dear Hettie: "We hope that you will continue to accompany us forever!"
Christine is presenting her group work
Hettie's suggestion for a new vision
Hettie listening to some ideas