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:
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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!
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
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!
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!