Terra Madre Day 2010

MEAP participated in Terra Madre Day 2010 held at Mariashoni Primary School in Elburgon. The event organized by Slow Food Central Rift Convivium and attended by the Ogiek community of Mariashoni, community group, civil society organizations, tour companies and the general public. The aim of the event was “celebrating cultural biodiversity and food sovereignty” while the central rift convivium’s theme was “eating together with indigenous Ogiek Community”. Different communities exhibited their cultural food, while civil society organisations had a chance to publicise their programs. MEAP had a chance to share on behaviour change with the community.

Behaviour Change Education Communication Project

MEAP organized and held a stakeholders consultative meeting on 7th October 2010. The meeting drew participants from government ministries, civil society organizations
Consultancy Services, community groups, teachers, learning institutions, provincial administration and the Molo CACC coordinator.
Implementation of the behaviour change education project started in October with finalising the audio-visual materials to be used in the dissemination of the project. Three meetings in schools were carried out in November. Three other meetings targeting youths out of schools were done where training on condom use was done and condoms distributed. Three other meetings have been done with youths out of school, training them on issues of HIV/AIDs and the need for behavior change as a means of combating the HIV/AIDs menace. During this implementation it has been evident that there is dire need even to hold behaviour change sessions even with parents as it was found out that their behaviour influences either positively or negatively on the children.

Updates

 

MEAP personnel have participated in various events by different stakeholders, among them:-

Molo Constituency Aids Control Council (CACC) organized and held a CACC Open Day on 17th August 2010 at Njoro Park. The event was meant to publicise HIV/AIDs activities being implemented by the different stakeholders in the constituency ranging from CBOs, NGOs, and Institutions.

Conservation and Management of East Mau Group (COMEG) did a peace procession in Molo Town on 30th July 2010. The event, flagged by the District Officer ended with a tree planting ceremony at St Mary’s Mixed Primary School and thereafter speeches encouraging people to live together in peace and harmony.

MEAP personnel participated in workshops and seminars on different issues like peace and conflict facilitated by other organizations like Centre for Human Rights and Democracy and COMEG. Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) central rift also did a workshop to review how much of the Millennium Development Goals have been achieved so far and what can be done to realize these goals by the year 2015 at local level.

Peace workshop at Kihingo, Njoro organized by MEAP, together with NECOFA and Hope Creator Foundation just before the referendum, the meeting aimed at sending the message of peace to communities living in Mauche, Lare and Likia  in Njoro District. This was on 27th July 2010.

Molo CACC Stakeholders Meeting

Constituency Aids Control Council (CACC), the organ that coordinates HIV/AIDS activities at the constituency level organized a Molo constituency stakeholders meeting on 28th June 2010 at AIC Njoro Hall. The objectives of the meeting were:-

  • To strengthen coordination of HIV/AIDs activities in the constituency]
  • To promote networking among stakeholders
  • To create an enabling environment for stakeholders
  • To enhance easy dissemination of information e.g. government policies
  • To promote effective referrals
  • To create chance for feedbacks between and among stakeholders

The forum had participants from community based organizations, non governmental organizations, Red Cross, government ministries, institutions of learning eg Egerton University, Njoro District Commissioner’s office.

The forum provided an opportunity for HIV/AIDs implementing organizations among them MEAP and others to share various information, successes, best practices and also challenges.  Further the CACC coordinator had the opportunity to disseminate information concerning progress and challenges at the constituency level.

Such a forum will be held once in every quarter. 17th August 2010 was set aside for an open day where organizations will display their activities.

ESACO Tree Planting Event

Conservation efforts and joining hands with other like minded institutions saw MEAP participate in planting trees in Sabatia forest in Koibatek District on 10th April 2010 conducted by ESACO community based organisation.
The week-long event held between 3rd and 10th April aimed at rehabilitating the forest as well as conserving water points. Activities included tree planting at Sabatia and beautification of Esageri Centre and Eldama ravine Town as well as environmental football tournament. Participants from all walks of life turned up including the clergy, men, women, youth and school children, Kenya Forestry Service, Kenya Wildlife Service and NGOs.

“Environment is for posterity” was the theme that carried the day.

World Environment Day Celebrations

Maendeleo Endelevu Action Program (MEAP) participated in the world Environment Day 2010 National Event held on 5th June 2010 at Turi Sulgwita Primary School in Molo District.

 Environmental conservation is one of MEAPs mandate under the theme on Awareness and Conservation of Environment, Land and Biodiversity, hence the relevance of participating in the World Environmental Day.

 The theme for this year was Biodiversity: Connecting with Nature. The event was celebrated in style including procession, tree planting, exhibitions, presentations by groups and schools, speeches from representatives from UNEP, KWS, NEMA, Ministry of Environment, Provincial Administration and politicians among others. Awards and certificates were presented by the Guest of Honour Hon. Assistant Minister  Kirui to the participating stakeholders, wherein MEAP was among them.

 Speech contents were crowned by the Ass. Minster for Environmental and Mineral Resources that Biodiversity provides us with diverse benefits such as food production, soil fertility, carbon storage, climate regulation, flood control, disease prevention, water purification, aesthetic, spiritual, education and recreational services.

It is therefore paramount for the society to make deliberate and firm decisions to invest in conserving our vast biodiversity and ensure compliance to environmental standards and regulations as this will go along way in the conservation of our rich biodiversity.

Capacity Building on Conflict Transformation

Konrad Adeneur Stiftung together with local partners i.e. Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC), Community Initiative Action Group (CIAG-K) and Mount Elgon Residents Association (MERA) is implementing a project namely “Strengthening Non State Actors capacities to prevent and resolve conflicts in areas affected by post election violence in Kenya”. This project seeks to enhance the capacity of non state actors in Nyanza, Western, and Rift Valley provinces. The projects overall objective to which the project will contribute to is the reduction of violent community conflicts in Kenya, specifically the project will strengthen the capacities of non state actors as means to mitigating community conflicts in the three provinces by improving their knowledge base and know-how in early warning mechanisms, informal mediation, field based political analysis, policy oriented conflict research and policy dialogue.

MEAP’s Elijah Kimani, Karangathi Njoroge and Rose Gichohi participated in a four-day conflict transformation training at ACK Imani Guest House in Nakuru between 25th and 29th April 2010. The facilitators David Steele and Babu Ayindo equipped participants with knowledge and skills in perception and communication, dealing with trauma and grievance, cycles of victimhood and transformation, forms of violence, conflict mapping, early warning and early response and principles of non violence among other topics.

Understanding the root cause of conflict is necessary as well as preventing violent conflict which is destructive. It is wise to invest in prevention of conflict as this protects potential victims.