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:
In the middle of February DESECE had the honour of welcoming Mrs. Ulrike Bey from Horizont3000, a developing agency based in Austria. Horizont3000 is a donor of DESECE and has been working closely together with DESECE in the last 10 years in which a lot of goals in different social fields could be achieved. In the beginning Mrs. Bey was taken around at the DESECE centre and had the opportunity to share with DESECE staff on current project interventions. Ulrike Bey, on her side, presented the future project guidelines and focus of Horizont3000 for the upcoming 2 years of co-operation. Mrs Bey got also the chance to meet the board of DESECE while her staying in Kenya and share information and discuss with the board members future projects and guidelines. Finally Mrs. Bey was taken to a group visitation to Kuywa where she got the opportunity to talk to farmer groups, who are one of the beneficiaries of DESECE. Accompanied by a field officer of DESECE Mrs. Bey got an impression of farmers and their family daily work, achievements and also challenges in different areas of life.
Mrs. Ulrike Bey shown around the model farm
Mrs. Ulrike Bey sharing information with DESECE staff
Picture with DESECE Board and Staff members
Field Visit at Kuywa in Bungoma Central
On invitation of the Lions Club Kitale District Governor Ann Chubi visited Kitale and in the afternoon she was taken to the DESECE offices. The Govenor Ann Chubi was warmly welcomed by a local Londo women group, showing a procession dance to the dining hall, also children choir were performing some songs and poems before Governor Ann Chubi was introduced in all the activities of the multi-purpose center. After lunch the event took place in the conference hall of DESECE, where the local community was welcomed by the president of the Lions Club Kitale Madame Eunice Bosibori and could listen to speeches of the Governor, representatives of the parents and also the librarians Mr. Kituyi and Mr. Godfrey. In conclusion the Lions Club Kitale donated books for the library based at the DESECE compound and Governor Ann Chubi planted the tree in the garden of DESECE.
Lions Club International District Governor welcomed by local dancing group
Children performing poems & songs to Lion members of Kitale
Beneficiaries of Lions Library welcomed the Governor with performing songs
Book donation to library children by Lions Club Kitale handed over by the District Governor
Governor signing visitors book at DESECE office
District Governor planting a tree at DESECE compound
Andersen farm, growing and exporting thousands of roses to Europe, is located at the bottom of Mount Elgon. Beside this core business, they have integrated activities in different social areas to higher the living standard of their employees but also other people living in the surroundings: Andersen offers housing for their workers at reasonable prices, guarantee school service and professional education for the children of their workforce but also installed a modern medical care centre. This has been a big social benefit for employees of Andersen Farm but also for people living in the close by area.
The centre is managed in a very professional way in terms of utilization of resources and DESECE staff learned that for steadily development a good plan behind and realistic and achievable goals are the main requirements. Not to forget about ingredients like good relationship with neighbours, workers and managers.
Mr. Bob explains to staff how fertilizer irrigation mixer machine works
Beautiful flowers from Andersen farm Mount Elgon
Dear Hannes, we express our gratitude for time well spent together as a family. We appreciate your contribution to bring this organization to where it is. Your invaluable contribution will remain our land mark forever. We wished to stay with you longer but the demand for your service to humanity is overwhelming. What we are only left with is to say fare well to you and God bless you in your future endeavors.
A band of musicians was playing for Hannes
The cook Benedict made a special cake for Hannes
Gifts are handed over to Hannes Eder
The community library situated at DESECE serves community children in the area of Mukuyuni. At this special day the Lions Club members of Kitale were visiting the library and donated books for reading and snacks for children. At the end a group picture together with the happy children was taken.
Children of the community are happy about the visit of Lions Club Kitale
Students of Maliki School came to visit DESECE in the end of October. The reason for the visit was the celebration of finishing their secondary education. No wonder that they were all happy and impressed seeing the work of DESECE.
Happy students arriving at DESECE
Maliki students are taken around the model farm of DESECE
Emmanuel Kizito, the Program Officer of DESECE and Catherine Nyongesa, the Assistant of the Human Rights Officer went to Kampala in Uganda to attend a training and sharing event in capacity development and policy dialogue. The three days in Uganda were very intensive but gave the DESECE members a sound background in the mentioned subjects above, beside this there was enough time to share experience with and learn from others participants.
Participants of the consortia Policy Dialogue in Kampala, Uganda
Two DESECE staff members Mr. Isaac Wambulwa and Elizabeth Wafula visited St. Joseph's Kitgum Hospital in Uganda to learn more about the use of ecosan toilets. They were introduced to all the facilities for the hospital’s solid waste disposal, waste water treatment plant and included the bio-hazard medical wastes maintenance units (incinerator, placenta pit and the medical pit). Thereafter they were able to train the entire staff of DESECE on human waste management.
Composting toilets with superficial chamber and wheelbarrows
Mr. Isaac Wambulwa and Mrs. Elizabeth Wafula posing for a picture in the hospital compound
Team inspects the manhole that connects toilet to sewer lines
DESECE staff and beneficiaries attended Kitale National show. Both teams were privileged to learn new technologies in farming business, marketing and processing industries. Staff members and beneficiaries are putting now into practice the information obtained from the show with different exhibitors.
DESECE staff interested in gathering information
Hanging/multi-storey gardens at the Kitale show with varieties of vegetables
DESECE staff poses for a picture at the show
DESECE in partnership with Tools to Work tool bank programme was giving sewing machines to VTCs (Kitale, Kiminini and Andersen). The machines will help the students during their practical training and for self-sustainability afterwards.
Managers, instructors and students are happy to receive the sewing machines
Aktion Regen - an Austrian Organisation which developed a new approach for sexual and reproductive health visited us in October again for a training for rainworkers. Dr. Jutta Reisinger an Austrian medical doctor and Margaret Bachlechner, a Kenyan/Austrian citizen try to inform girls, boys, women and men 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.
T-Shirt of rainworkers
The "rainworkers" pose for a picture after a consultative meeting with their trainers
Dear Christine Baur and Matthias Danninger - and at home in Austria - dear Ursula Scheiber, Fritz Staudigl, Wolfgang Heindl and Franz Hainzl!
After enjoying your company for the last days it is time for us to say thank you: Your assistance - from the Tyrolean Government, Brother & Sister in Need and the Aktion "SEI SO FREI" from Austria - enables DESECE to build a guesthouse with 18 rooms and 36 beds. Since 3 years we are dreaming of this building to become self-sustainable, and your confidence, efforts and generosity made it possible. This was the step which we couldn't await and we cannot tell you how happy you made us. Travel safely for the next weeks and kindly come back soon - that you can enjoy what you have created.
God bless you!
The Holy Mass in the morning
Madam Sophie & Christine at the foundation stone laying ceremony
Matthias & Christine planting a Moringa tree
Welcome Dr. Christine Baur, Minister for Children, Youth, Women and Refugees of the Provincial Government of Tyrol!
Construction of the foundation
Laying of foundation stone in the centre of the guesthouse
Steel works for the foundation
Traditional dancers from Western Kenya
Visit of Sena women group
Caroline - winner of a Kenyan baking competition
Matthias talks with the chairlady
Group picture from the study group - with Christine and Matthias
Thank you Sebastian Müller for the beautiful pictures!
Jasacco 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 so that more MPF's can be rolled out to our beneficiaries, and we would like to thank our private donor for the confidence and patience!
Jasacco self-help group from Kapkateny
Tambulukha women group from Bumula
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!