The organization started as a Community based Organization (CBO) known as Kimilili Integrated Development Education Programme (KIDEP) in 1993. In 2006 the organization transformed itself into a registered Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) named DESECE, because there was a need to cover an expanded needy population of 2,406,528 people with a population density of about 318 persons per square kilometre in the region. The organization was based in Misikhu in a rented premise till 2012. Then the organization managed to purchase a piece of land in Mukuyuni and later constructed new offices with the support of international partners to serve the needs of the beneficiaries, stakeholders and the organization.
The old office in Misikhu
Director Sophie Elizabeth Kibuywa
Our new office in Mukuyuni
DESECE now carries out development programs in Bungoma, parts of Kakamega and Trans-Nzoia Counties, with a focus on awareness creation using Training for Transformation as a methodology, peace and reconciliation, civic education including human rights, leadership trainings, gender, HIV and Aids, sustainable organic agriculture, ERI (Enabling Rural Innovation) and environmental management. The programs aim at motivating and empowering the target population to take active responsibilities of transforming their own life situations and facilitate their own development processes by setting their own goals and organizing for action to address their development needs.
The most important projects which DESECE has realized in the last years are:
To be a source of inspiration of justice in the society.
To promote quality development education for empowerment of the local people for enhancing their spiritual and socio-economic potential and prosperity.
Bee keepers with their equipment
A farmer presenting his fish ponds
Widows in a group meeting
The overall objective from DESECE is to increase the local people's capacities (knowledge, education, skills) for enhancing and shaping their own lives.
The specific objectives of DESECE are to enable:
Miss Sophie Elizabeth Kibuywa, a development worker with a longstanding experience, noted the various problems
(cultural, social, health and economical) facing the community where she comes from and decided to start an organization to empower the people of Bungoma and later in parts of Trans-Nzoia and
Kakamega Counties for enhancing their capabilities for self-development.
Reforestation campaign at school
Marketing training for group leaders
Information campaign at school
Her experiences in the area of community development in different African countries convinced her that it doesn’t help to tackle problems in only one area of people's day to day life. She came up with a program that enables local people and communities to tackle their challenges holistically and not only solving one aspect of their problems. This was the starting point that she developed an integrated approach. This approach includes supporting the marginalized, stigmatized and vulnerable people in the community like widows, women, youth, people living with HIV/Aids and internally displaced people, in particular through empowering people to find solutions for their own problems. The second big group of beneficiaries are less privileged people in the society like small scale farmers.
DESECE employs different methodologies to implement its programs, this include:
As the integrated program implementation continued, through networking with different partners and the growing expertise it was necessary to form more specific programs to meet the needs of the beneficiaries. Nowadays DESECE offers the following programs:
Formation of children's rights clubs
Training on UN Sustainable Development Goals
Theatre group at the peace tournament
The main activities of the organization are:
DESECE offers its services in the following Counties of Kenya:
The board consists of widespread personalities with different and wide experience in pastoral, psychology, communication, community development and human rights:
Reverend father Benjamin Kiriswa, chairman
Ms. Sophie Elizabeth Kibuywa, treasurer, founder and director
The board in a meeting
Mrs. Christine Kingasia, member
Dr. Chris Wekesa, secretary
Mrs. Alice Walukana, member
Miss Sophie Elizabeth Kibuywa is the founder & director of the organization. She is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University of Canada and has a post graduate diploma in rural project planning from Institute of Social Studies in the Netherlands. She studied Paulo Frere’s philosophy and principles and is a winner of Bishop Romero’s prize of the Diocese of Innsbruck, Austria. She facilitated community development programs in Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Solomon’s Islands, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia. She also facilitated workshops on peace and reconciliation in Sierra Leone and Liberia as well as empowered Sudan’s internal displaced people's (IDP’s) for two years. She has been the chairperson for the African Development Education Network – ADEN.
DESECE’s team consists of 19 members:
and is assisted by:
DESECE director and team