Makinika and karibu sana, welcome to DESECE!


Public Benefit - Non Governmental Organization

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:

Our Special Events

17th February 2018 - Visit of District Govenor Ann Chubi on invitaton of Lions Club Kitale

29th November 2017 - Staff Exposure Visit at Andersen Farm Mount Elgon

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 center. This has been a big social benefit for employees of Andersen Farm but also for people living in the closeby 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

16th November 2017 - Farewell Party for Technical Advisor Johann Eder

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

3rd November 2017 - Library Day with Lions Club

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

25th October 2017 - Maliki Boys School Visit

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

19th - 21st October 2017 - Policy Dialogue in Kampala - Uganda

Emmanuel Kizito, the Programme 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

16th - 19th October 2017 - Learning Visit for Ecosan Toilets in Kitgum - North Uganda

Two DESECE staff 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, wastewater treatment plant and included the biohazard medical wastes maintenance units (incinerator, placenta pit and the medical pit).  Thereafter they were to train the entire staff of DESECE  on  human waste management.

Composting toilets with superficial chamber and wheel barrows

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



13th October 2017 - Visit of the Kitale Show

DESECE staff and beneficiaries attended Kitale National show. Both the teams were privileged to learn new technologies in farming business, marketing and processing industries.  Staff members and beneficiaries are putting now in 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

12th October 2017 - Delivery of Sewing Machines to Kitale VTC (Vocational Technical Centre)

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 the practical training and for self-sustainability afterwards. 

Managers, instructors and students are happy to receive the sewing machines

2nd - 4th October 2017 - Aktion Regen Workshop

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.

Participants listening and  interested in the presentation

The "rainworkers" pose for a picture after a consultative meeting with their trainers

25th - 26th July 2017 - Laying of Foundation Stone of DESECE Guesthouse

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!

13th July 2017 - Evaluation of Micro Project Funds (MPF)

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

12th July 2017 - Farewell Party for Mr. Kay Quentin Mengo

Mr. Mengo was for more than 7 years our program officer but in the last months he got the feeling that it is time to change his professional direction and is now vying for a political seat. Dear Mr. Mengo: We would like to thank you for everything what you have done for our organisation, we will be happy to see you again and we wish you and your family all the best for your future. Asante sana and take care!

Maureen, Stefanie, Maja and Kay

All the best Kay!

Mr. Kay Quentin Mengo - former program officer of DESECE with his family and DESECE director and team

9th June 2017 - Start of the Vocational Training for Catering

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

30th April 2017 - ORF Documentation about DESECE

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.

20th - 28th March 2017 - Aktion Regen Workshop & Field Visits

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!

Guests in the Centre in the 1st Quarter of 2017

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:

  • IEBC voter registration training on 13th January with 47 people
  • Community library parents planning meeting on 29th January with 31 people
  • Civil registration training on 7th February with 41 people
  • Library use on 26th February by 55 pupils
  • Politicians meeting on 2nd March with 106 people
  • Library use on 5th March by 82 pupils
  • Agriculture training on 7th March with 32 people
  • Teachers meeting on 11th March with 57 people
  • Politicians meeting on 11th March with 111 people
  • Library use on 12th March by 83 pupils
  • Teachers and student leaders meeting on 15th March with 294 people
  • Teachers Service Commission, principals and teachers on 23rd March with 30 people

Thank you very much for your support and we hope to see you again!

7th March 2017 - Sustainable Organic Agriculture Training

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.

28th February - 4th March 2017 - Visit of Brothers and Sisters in Need, Austria

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

19th - 23rd February 2017 - Policy Dialogue Kick-Off Event

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!

10th February 2017 - Visit of BOKU and TU Vienna, Austria

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

8th February 2017 - Board and Staff Meeting

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!

9th - 13th January 2017 - Training in Financial Management

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!

Special Events Archive

Special Events 2015

DESECE - Special Events 2015.pdf
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Special Events 2016

DESECE - Special Events 2016.pdf
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