Youths count profits from peace project

June 21, 2011

MOMBASA, Kenya, 22 June, 2011 -Lives for a group of 24 young people in Mombasa have been transformed thanks to peace funds donated by Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) to local church Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church (KELC). KELC hosted an ecumenical youth peace gathering in 2009 in response to Post-election violence witnessed in Kenya in 2007/ 2008 that claimed 1,300 lives and left 350,000 displaced from their homes.

The group started in Bamburi in 2008 under the Organization of Africa Instituted Churches (OAIC). Bamburi Giving Hope received KES 70,000 (above USD 900) funds under the peace summit phase II for chicken rearing project. “We started with 200 day-old-chicks in March 2011 after constructing a chicken roost” narrated Wendy treasurer of the group.

The third lot of chicks reared by Bamburi Giving Hope group funded by the Peace Summit project funds

Due to lack of experience in poultry farming the group lost 9 chicks a situation that led to panic and fear for more loses and forced them to contact a livestock officer for advice. They were equipped with basic techniques in poultry farming that saw the survival of the remaining 191 chicks. This marked the beginning or self-reliance and since then the group has reared and sold chicks three times and made huge profits. “We make KES 10,000 profit after expenses each rearing phase” said Wendy.

Broilers chicks mature after 3 weeks and forms a ready market for hotels, restaurants and for many Kenyan who prefer fast food combination of chicken and French fries.

Enabled Orphans- forget their status

The group consists of orphans and child-led families and is the broader Giving Hope programs whose aim is to support and give hope to the orphans. Kenya has more than 1.2 million children orphaned by HIV and AIDS, gender-based violence, poverty among other factors. Child-led families are mainly faced with challenges such as early pregnancies as was the case for one of the Bamburi giving hope member.

“One of our members delivered a baby and unfortunately died…the group catered for all burial expenses” lamented Wendy. She said the project has enabled then “forget we are orphans” for most members hardly stay without food.

Previously the group members used to seat on the floor while conducting meetings. That has since changed, they bought seats and intend to use and hire-out whenever there are functions. “We have managed to buy school bags for the school going children” added Wendy.

The peace funds disbursed to Giving Hope has caused a snow-ball effect with group’s activities winning trust from other stakeholders. USAID Total War against AIDS (TOWA) program acknowledged the group’s positive growth and it is for that reason that the group is implementing a program for sensitizing Mombasa communities and schools on HIV and AIDS. Group members are encouraged to save (to a pool) allowances they get from TOWA project with intention of later receiving loans once.

Bold move, beckoning hope

Chicken rearing decision was tough for a group with little or no experience but after making the bold step Bamburi Giving Hope group has become wiser from past mistakes and is dreaming big. The group intends to expand the poultry farming to include traditional chicken, turkey.

“We want to secure a land of our own, keep not only poultry but also rabbits” expressed the treasurer. “[But] our biggest fear is threats from Mombasa republican. [They] want us out of Mombasa…that may destabilize the group for many of us are non-coastal”- lamented Wendy.

Mombasa Republican is an illegal vigilante group calling up on non- coastal residence to quit. They base their ideology on the 18 century agreement between the Sultan of Zanzibar and the British on the coastal strip to be annexed from the rest of Kenya. Other youth group funded from the coast is active youth implementing balcony vegetable farming hoping to reverse the food insecurity in urban areas.

(The Ecumenical Peace Summit was held in April 2009 in Nairobi after Kenya experienced post-election violence in 2007/2008 that left 1,300 people dead and 350,000 displaced. The Summit attracted more than 500 youths from (then) violence hot-spots of Eldoret, Mombasa, Malindi, Limuru, Nakuru, Kisumu and informal settlements of Kibera and Mathare in Nairobi. Youths were trained on entrepreneurship skills, project development, HIV and AIDS and were later sent out as peace ambassadors. The initiative set aside funds to support youth -developed and driven projects under the theme: “Embrace peace, fulfill the Dreams”)


Youth Development Fund opportunities

January 24, 2011

http://www.youthfund.go.ke/index.php/component/content/article/44-yedfnews/64-youth-fund-launches-new-loan-products.html


Revised application format for approved proposals

May 17, 2010

Peace Summit phase II Funds Reporting, Monitoring and Evaluation FORM

 Group / project name……………………………………………………………………

Location: ……………………………..Group Leader: …………………..……………

Group contact: ………………………………………………………………….…………

Group under which organization:……………………………………………….

Group Members:

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Goal
Objective (s)
Project start date: Project end date:
Activities Planned start date Planned end date cost
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1. Project Design

Project Purpose (from the original proposal Form)

(1 sentence only, describing the expected change. The direct benefit the project will achieve resulting from the activities and results. (The reason for doing the project )

 

2. Achievement of Project Purpose

Purpose level indicators

(from original proposal)

Status before the project started

(from original proposal)

Outcome achieved at the end of the project Source of information (where you obtain the information or evidence)
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Has the project purpose been achieved? If not, give reasons. Please state the sources of evidence
 

 

 

Have any external factors contributed to the achievement of the project purpose? Please describe.
 

 

 

Please describe any unplanned outcomes?
 

 

 Outputs

Outputs (from original proposal) Indicator of success

(from original proposal)

Result at the end of the project.
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Project Activities

Were all activities completed? If not, give details
 

 Project Expenditure

Planned Total Cost   Variance

(difference between planned cost and actual cost)

   
   
Actual Total Cost    
   

 Sustainability

 What evidence do you have that the benefits of your project will be sustained? Please describe
 

 Key Lessons Learned

What were the three main lessons learned that could be applicable to running this type of project again elsewhere?
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Signed ………………………………………………………………………

Name ………………………………………………………………………

Position Held……………………………………………………………….

Implementing Organization/ Group Name……………………………………….

 Project coordination Comments

Please make an assessment of whether this is a fair and accurate report.  
Is there a key lesson the post has learnt from this project? Please describe.  
Following completion of the project what are the next steps? (E.g. Is an evaluation required or desirable? Will there be a follow on project?)  

 Signature…………………………………………………..

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 Date…………………………………………………………..

 Peace Summit peer review committee Comments

PRC Team comments  

Call for revised proposal work plans

April 29, 2010

update

Dear Participants of the Kenya Youth peace summit!

Greetings to you all!

I believe you have all registered as voters in the on-going voters registration by the IIEC. We need to bring a change as young people in Kenya by electing sound and dedicated leaders.

It is exactly  one year since we held the successful peace summit in Nairobi attended by deligates from six countries in the Great Lakes region. Since then, the Peer Review Committee elected at the meeting, has been working tirelessly to realize our set goals. Such meetings by the Peer review Committee realized the screening of project proposals sent by you and successful projects where listed on this website / blog for openness and transparency.

As we edge closer to financing projects submitted we would like you all to do the following:

1. reconvene in your groups and revise the proposals you sent to identify wether your groups still want to implement what you proposed or no. If NOT please make changes and develop a workplan on how, when you intend to implement the activities.

2. Share with us details of the groups since we would embark on visiting each group before an financial support are given to better understand the dynamics and challenges within your areas.

We will call on the Peer Review Members for a meeting to discuss on monitoring and evaluation training, report formats and contracts for financing your respective proposals approved for Phase I.


Check out my Slide Show!

April 15, 2009

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April 15, 2009

Meaning of Peace Summit logo

April 6, 2009

The Peace Summit Logo has significant meaning relating to how demanding peace is required not only in Kenya but in the entire continent.

Meaning

Kenya Youth Peace Summit Logo

Kenya Youth Peace Summit Logo

Africa– continent faced with enormous challenges including conflicts

The summit takes place in Africa a continent that has seen many if not most of conflicts, which result from poor governance, ethnicity, hunger for power.. and the list goes on and on.

burning Kenya- Symbolized with orange/ black on Kenya.

In 2007 Kenya faced one of the worst violence recorded in its History. when fighting ended we had 1,200 people dead and 350,000 displaced from their homes and living as Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’s). Kenya was burning and country once baptised a heaven of peace in a territory of war. one may ask why in 2009? Kenya has not healed from the wounds of violence witnessed in 2007. situation is still volatile and victim communities are yet to forgive and forget since many lost a father, a mother, a daughter, a son in the violence. Most of the causes of war are yet to be addressed- poverty, unemployment among the youth, hate speech by politicians, inequity and inpunity. so the country is still burning even though we are not in the lime-light on the CNN, BBC, CBS…..

Dove symbol of peace

The dove symbolizes peace and it seem to be headed to Kenya where absence of peace has threatened many young people. We hope with the ray of light brough by the dove (peace) the summit will brighten many lives, provide hope to many who have lost it, motivate many who feel helpless with the system and enormous poverty being experienced.

The Summit organizers hope you will join us in this journey of transformation aimed at encouraging young people to dream and walk towards their dreams. Dreams can only be fulfiled in a conducive atmosphere where peace becomes a way of life.