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Eli a Friends of Kabondo member working at the CBO’s Tree Nursery

During the month of April-May we had the privilege to be visited by members of Friends of Kabondo members. Eli and Chairperson Margareta stayed with us for two weeks and worked with us on various project. In this particular picture Eli is working at Karopa CBO Tree Nursery situated sat the Ologi springs at the foot of Rori Hills. Thanks for the support that we have received from the friend of Kabondo a Swedish organization working close with Karopa Integrated CBO to change the lives of people in Kabondo.

By James Ojwang

Project Manager.

July -September 2017 CBO Report

Reports on the CBO Projects.
July – September 2017.
We are at the end of the second last quarter of the year 2017, Kenya has experienced a lot hot political temperature and high cost of leaving. The situation began mid this year when the official political campaigns began for the 8th August elections. The elections was peaceful and smooth until presidential elections were declared indicating that the incumbent had won only to be disputed by the opposition and challeged the outcome in the supreme court. A court verdict was read on the 1st September that nullified the presidential results as null and void after finding illegalities and irregularities during the transmission of the results shamming those who had praised the election as free, fair, credible and verifiable especially the international bodies, these brought life to the opposition that had been declared to have lost the election.
The Supreme Court has therefore ordered a new presidential election in the next 60 days from the date of results nullification being 31st of October the last day to hold elections. At the moment there seem a stands off on the reforms needed to be taken by the electoral commission. The two sides participating in the elections cannot agree on the way forward on the reforms we therefore see a constitutional crisis ahead and seek for peace in Kenya as we’re challenged during the coming elections.
Despite all the above challenges the weather has been moderately good with rainfalls falling at intervals of times of the year. The following projects have got their undertaking as follows.

Tree Nursery
We had the challenges finding seeds at the beginning of June as suppliers were unable to provide us with the seeds we later got the seeds and now they have been planted in the tree nursery. Soon we shall start potting the seeds in the tubes to grow to the height that they can be transplanted in the field from then they will attract market and start earning money to the project. We have the following seedlings at the tree nursery at the moment Keapples, Paw paw and Eucalyptus grandies and a few Moringa seedlings after giving most of the moringa seedlings to the farmers around the tree nursery site (Ologi Area). Notes about Moringa tree is now made showing its uses and benefits this will help to promote Moringa tree planting.
We estimate to have over 15,000 – 50,000 seedlings by end of November for sales.
From the assessment these project should be able to stand alone and not depend on other projects as it will pay its own costs whenever they arise. It is remembered that the tree nursery has taken care of labour costs at the fish pond since it pays the fish pond attendant who doubles as the tree nursery care taker.

Fish Farming.
Our fish are growing pretty faster than the first we reared, we anticipate to harvest by the end of November. We shall look for a proper market locally as we have many fish eaters around. From our observation in the pool of water we are able to notice that almost all the fish survived thus we expect a close to 800 fish in the pond. This is seen whenever feeds are taken to the fish as they spread on the water surface.

Eco Blocks.
This has been a new project that is aimed to reduce the cost of building through the use of compressed soil blocks in Kabondo and entire Homa-bay County, the project will also reduce the usage of tress in burning the soil bricks. The project is at the moment constructing a model toilet to show case the structure that comes out of an Ecoblock it is for the community to see that it is possible to build cheaply using the soil blocks.
We try as much as possible to answer the many questions that people have asked about the soil blocks like can one build slowly the walls as he or she waits to make the roofs. We also let the community to learn the whole process of making the blocks to building of houses. Our village masonries have the opportunity being exposed to the new building stone so as to grasp the idea of building using the new technology.
Karopa CBO will therefore embark in marketing the new building technology to the county government, constituency development offices, hospitals, schools and other institutions not forgetting the community at large.
A document on Eco block with procedures, calculations and pictures is under construction to be used as a marketing tool for the project.
The CBO has leased a land where the Eco Block Machine is kept and demonstration of the activities of soil blocks is taking place. The space is big enough for other projects that are Soil block related and other income generating activities to the CBO. The board of Karopa is therefore at liberty to come with creative ideas that can make the CBO tap more income.
As earlier noted in the previous reports, these particular project has had many challenges in past due to weather, pests and diseases beyond the CBO’s control on various crops from Sweet Potato to the recently harvested maize and beans. The previous maize harvest was not better either since it was destroyed by the army warm that destroyed maize fields in the entire Kenya. This season we have planted sorghum a drought and pest resistant crop. We hope to receive a good harvest from the investment, it’s regrettable that we have been investing a lot resources in this project and receives little income from the project. The board has therefore decided not to proceed with this project in the coming years thus this season is the final year for the agribusiness as Karopa tries to narrow down to only profit making income generating activities.
Proceeds from the sales of the harvests will be used manage the farm from now till the harvests of the sorghum.
I will pen off now hoping for the best for our projects and good corporation with our partners, other reports will come from the CBO board communications as well.
Reported by
James Ojwang
Project Manager.
Karopa CBO

Sustainable Development Goals Training in Narobi 12-16 June 2017.

Training attended by James Ojwang

On 12th was the reporting day of all the delegates from different countries which include Uganda, Tanzania and the host Kenya. On this day there was introduction of the courses to be covered which are:
 SDGS goals, indicators and monitoring
 UN and UN model
 Tools for youth led accountability
 Principles of accountability
 Data driven strategies
 Community field survey
 Social media and other advocacy tools
 Right based approach for SDGS
and registration and making of payments
The training was organized by AFRICA YOUTH FOR SDGS and ICYAFRICA. Participants were taken through the 17 sustainable Development Goals (SDGS). Goal 1 to Goal 5 were the most important goals affecting most of the African Countries as was highlighted by the participants drawn from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda which were emphasized are:
 Goal 1 – No Poverty
 Goal 2 – Zero Hunger
 Goal 3 – Good Health and Well-being
 Goal 4 – Quality Education
 Goal 5 – Gender Equality
 Goal 6 – Clean water and Sanitation
 Goal 7 – Affordable and clean Energy
 Goal 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth
 Goal 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
 Goal 10 – Reduced Inequalities
 Goal 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities
 Goal 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production
 Goal 13 – Climate Action
 Goal 14 – Life below Water
 Goal 15 – Life on Land
 Goal 16 – peace ,justice and strong institution
 Goal 17 – Partnerships for the Goals
All these goals were drafted in 2015 in New York by head of states in the world after the Millennium Goals’ period ended 2015 after being in place since 2000. It is estimated that by 2030 the world shall have solved problems of poverty and hunger through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Participants showing placards of some of the most important SDGs affecting their home areas and places of work/Organization, on the extreme right is James holding Goal 4 Quality Education

Community field survey was also carried out as a topic and three groups visited different places within Nairobi. My group visited Woodley area Nairobi where we interviewed 9 people where 3 men, 3 women and 3 youth concerning their understanding of the SDGS and their related problems are ranking them. among the listed problems are
1. Poverty
2. Corruption
3. Leadership
4. Natural resource conflicts
5. Quality Education
According to the results the most proiety goal is SDG4 which is quality Education and corruption was the most listed problem
The principles of accountability were also emphasized and these include:
Action –oriented
In addition there are various types of power in accountability space:
 Covert, hidden power
 Conditional, internalized power
 Overt, visible power
The above picture shows participants analyzing the data that were taken from the field during three hours survey of the most goals affecting the Africans. My team had the opportunity to visit Kibera Slums in Nairobi and among the issues that came out strongly to be of great challenge to people living in Kibera were as follows: Poverty and hunger, Corruption, poor leadership, Natural Resources Conflicts and Quality Education in that were the areas that affected most.
We used a complex of data analysis tool as so to equip the participants with the knowledge of more understanding of problem analysis thus when get back to our organizations we can use the knowledge identify the most urgent SDGs to tackle as an organization.
All the Participants were tasked to represent at least one country in the world using a UN model summit on a case on goal 2 on Zero hunger. I had the opportunity to present The Republic of India position paper on THE UNIVERSAL RIGHT TO FOOD. It was a challenge as I had to make a quick research on polices the Indian government had put place in combating hunger in India. These policies include the following: Targeted Public Distribution system (PDS) which ensures availability of essential commodities like Sugar, wheat, rice, cooking oil among other things. India also has a policy to feed those who are poor and living alone by giving a certain amount of food per month to such people among other initiatives.

On Friday 16th June, the training came to an end with the awarding of certificates to participants and well-wishing the safe jounary to all those international delegates.
All the participants were encouraged to go back to their organization and discuss about the SDGs, train and educate the community about the SDGs. They were also encouraged to carry a campaign on SDGs. I will sit with the board of Karopa and plan our when the members of the CBO shall be trained on the SDGs.

The great match in the slums of Kibera Nairobi on the Day of African Child DAC. We were accompanied by thousands of school children and volunteers from different organizations. A walk to celebrate the Day of African Child 2017 in Kibera Nairobi. The walk started at DC ground to Kibera grounds where the celebrations were held

A ssesion at the Multi Media University Nairobi on a presentation of SDGs dala analysis.

A happy moment with Kids during the Day of African Child/DAC.

Reported by James Ojwang
Project Manager,
Karopa CBO.

Project manager’s TAK 2nd Report

Time To Act Kabondo Quarterly Report
Month: October-December 2016
Reporter: Project Manager
This is the second quarter that ran to the end of December 2016, During these three months the TAK programe began the work in the field together with the six partner primary school. The programe was officially launched on the 24th October 2016 at Othoro health Center being the central place for the participants. In attedance were 64 participants about 66% of the total participants in the program, participants from two schools did not make it to the launch as they were committed with other compulsory school functions their apology for not attending the function was accepted. About 75% of the participants parents and gurdains who are also the secondary target group in the program TIME to ACT KABONDO also graced the occasion. The occasion was also attended by strong partner organizaton representative for instance the Kabondo-Kasipul Subcounty Youth Officer Mr Geofrey, Mr Zachary of Fisheries Department Homa-Ba, Mr. Joash Bosire of SCHCBC-Kabondo Kasipul Subcounty, Mr. Leonard Okumu of SCASCO- Kabondo Kasipul, Mr.Patrick Ochieng of Miriu Intergrated Project , Two members of the SvEO Marianne Gripman and Ingrid Odman and other dignatories.
After the launch LEO TAK team enrolled a detailed schedule for the meet up activities whereas the first meet up took place on the 28th of October 2016 at Atela and Kango primary schools this in line with the subgoal 1 of the TAK project. The meet up began with 86% turn out of the participants to over 100%- 105% as more youths willing join despite our restrictions of the entry number of 16 youths per school. Trainers collected a long lists of expectations from our dear participants they also filled baseline questionnaires to be reviewed later at the end of the pragrame the data is undergoing transfer from hardcopy to a softcopy for secure storage and anaylsis puporses.
During the second quarter the trainers taclkled topics that includes; self confidence, leadership and roles of leaders, Adolescent as a stage of youth develoment and introduction Sex and sex education. Time was very short to implement more of the program’s activity due to the fact that the schools closed earlier than usual as comapred to the various years. We had to close down the meet ups and postpone all the activities to the next quarter 3 where topics to discussed will incled the following; Sex and Sex education,HIV/AIDS,Stigma and Discrimination, Gender and Equality and Culture and Cultural practices.
In the next quarter LEO TAK shall introduce subgoal 2 activities which include Agroforestry and poultry farming with the 6 partner schools with the youth participants being incharge of the projects.

The TAK project was hard hit when three Trainers dropped out of the program due to different reasons one on health ground after being involved in accident thus incapacitated, one left for greener pastures and another left after failing to perform as per the project demand. The 3 trainers who were left behind took charge and covered the work for those trainers who left the program. We have also recruited Mr. Charlse of Othoro health center as our butterfly/Assistant Trainer to cover up for Trainer who might not be on duty due unavoidable circumstances. We recruited this trainer since he has alot of experince in counselling and testing since this is what he does everyday at the health center. We shall not recruit any more trainers as they would be expensive in terms of further training as was the case when we trained the 6 Trainers.

The LEO board has underwent a training on effective board management where they learnt alot, this has given the board alot of insights on how to handle projects and more strong corpoartion with the managemnet of the LEO project office. The LEO learnt various tools for effective board governanace thus has become even more strong on decison making,monitoring and evaluation of the TAK project. We’re also lucky to have TAK teams attend E-learrning course on Financial Administarion organnized by Forum Syd, Margareta Chairperson of FoK and James of LEO project Office learnt alot during one month training on vaious topics on Financial Adminstration.

We hope the second last quarter will be succesfull though it will be the busiest period of the of the project life cycle since we have alot of activities on subgaol 1 and subgoal 2 as per the goal and risk Matrix to implement.
Were are also glad that TAK program has attracted many organizations to work with us, we’ve been assessed by JAM and MERCY in collaboration with AMREF and found stable to help AMREF in implementing its programe on HIV/AIDS,TB and Malaria has a peer support group and at the moment we shall work with KELIN Kenya in implementing a program on reproduction health to the adolescent/youths. Our programe has also attracted students for in the field of community work and health faculity for an internship, we have an intern at our Project office this shows how our project is appreciated honuored in the society.
SCHCBC- Sub County Home Care Based Coordinator

SCASCO- Sub County AIDS and STIs Control Officer

KELIN- Kenya Ethical and Legal Issues Network on HIV/AIDS

Here below I mentioned VI Agroforestry.

Prepared by James Ojwang
Project Manager

World Aids day Report

Hi TAK team, I hope this finds all of you in good health. We had a wonderful day of AIDS celebration. Our participants whom I met a day before the event, turned up all of them at exactly 7.00am.
We were all driven to the venue. All the office team were present except Martin who was following closely the preparation from the workshop, the patron of the school Mr. Jackton was not left out. We had a dance all the groups that were invited from Ringa centre by the road to Oriwo. The dance which was enjoyed most by James and Paul..haa.
We had presentations and our team was the first on stage. They made us proud by a good performance.
Speeches went on but by bad luck we weren’t in the schedule of speeches.
The good news about the day was that our team was the only group recognized by the area Mp Hon Osele. He called the team, congratulated them and promised for a work together and support. (I have attached a photo of the team and the MP. )Again ten of our participants voluntarily went for HIV test which was offered freely on the event.
This was a sign of developing ones self confidence.

Though we didn’t get any information about this years HIV prevalence rate, but later it was on media that the prevalence rate on Homabay has risen.
One of the guests in the department of HIV/AIDS shared that since most people in Homabay lives in denial, they tend to do several testings at different facilities and when tallying is done the population increaes because of repeated tests. This was left for research.
The kids went back home happy with a lot of stories to tell. Thanks to all who participated in one way or the other.

Warm regards Wendy.
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Organisation Development and Systems strengthening Training report

Hi everyone..
I hope this report of a one week workshop at Sturidge Hotel finds you in good mood. I represented KAROPA CBO in the above workshop that started on 28/11/-2nd December 2016 organized by JAM but supported by AMREF
Main focus was on ‘’ORGANIZATION DEVELOPMENT AND SYSTEMS STRENGTHENNING’’ODSS. We discussed and touched on many areas including: leadership/governance, strategic planning, stakeholders’ involvement, sustainability, networking, advocacy, financial management, project design, M&E, community ownership, accountability, proposal development and knowledge management.
All the sub-topics were in relation and based towards HIV/AIDS as major target. The workshop was accompanied with the release of the CBOs assessment by JAM done on 21/09/2016 at KAROPA office. Am happy to reveal that our CBO was in the second position with 95% score I will forward the assessment results in the mail.
During the workshop we met few different bodies that worth partnering with i.e the director of planning homabay county government who assured us of working together in areas that needs CSOs and mostly in peace building and peaceful coexistence. Others were: siwinthe an organization that focus on girl child rights/education, aids healthcare foundation [AHF] with their office in oyugis I will visit their office to ask for condoms and of course jam and many other small CSOs.
In summary, we have created partnership with JAM, with whom we have prepared capacity building plans shown below i believe we’ll achieve more.
1. Workshop report KAROPA office 8th Dec 2016 at 11.00am Martin
Group members Communication
2. Problem statement and justification Office Martin
Group members Communication
3. Project sustainability Office Martin
Group members Communication
4. Stakeholders Office Martin
Group members Communication
5. Key networking with organization Office Martin
Group members
Board members Communication
6. M and E Office Martin
Group members
Board members Communication
7. Accountability Office Martin
Executive Communication
8. Policy documents of the organization Office Martin
Board members Communication
9. Knowledge on management Office Martin
Group members Communication

Report By
Martin Njoga
Field Officer.

Report to FOK

Tree Nursery
This project was transferred to a permanent water source at Ologi Springs which has promoted the growth seedlings even during the dry seasons as was witnessed in the last three months. We hope it will be a successful project once we begin to sell seedlings in next few months when there will be more rains for tree planting. More seeds shall be purchased to be propagated in the nursery beds so as to get more seedlings in preparation for the anticipated rains in December.
Since we intend to start the tree nursery at the schools with the TAK project, we believe this site shall act as an a demonstration and learning site where they students will get information in running the school tree nursery project that will be supported by the TAK project.
We intend to sell local vegetable seedlings propagated from the tree nursery to the farmer group members and the local farmers to enhance food security in the community.
Last season we faced little rains which affected most of the crops in the field, we were not left out with our maize farm which performed poorly. As it has been reported by the board secretary we only managed to harvest two sacks of 40 tins each. The maize grain will be sold in January when it would fetch a good price and the proceeds to be used in planting a new crop in the field.
Fish farming.
We have harvested fish and sold to the local market, the production was not good due to the fact that we violated the carrying capacity in the fish pond. When the wall separating the two ponds collapsed transferring all the fish in one pond, this led to congestion and crowding of the fish in one pond as the number was more than what the pond could carry. This affected the growth of fish in the pond. We managed to get less money from the sales, though our members also had the opportunity to get some fish for food.
We shall rebuild the pond before re-stocking the pod with new fingerlings by scooping the mud and expanding the size but not have two ponds. We shall also adhere to the best fish farming practices now that I got a one week training in fish farming in Embu May 2016. I learnt a lot from the training and I realized that we failed to undertake many steps during the first months of pond stocking.
Water projects.
Our efforts on water management and conservations is being praised by the community. The three springs that we have protected in the three major villages i.e. Ologi in Pala, Karoko in Rongo and Kadongo in Kakangutu has yield a lot praises. The springs helped the villages a lot during the last three dry months, most of the seasonal boreholes went dry leaving the community with the springs as the only source of clean and safe water. We still have the thought of ensuring we sink a borehole and pipe water to the nearest points where the villages can reach for clean and safe water. Any idea of water solution in the village will be welcomed.

Time to Act Kabondo program is on, the office is fully established from the project office to the trainers. We are in the process of recruiting the participants from the already chosen 6 schools. Currently we are developing a curriculum and questionnaire to be used in training the participants. We shall launch the project officially to the public in the next few weeks.
Board room Office.
We are grateful to the FOK board for the support they offered to us in getting a new board room office, renovation work is going on it as we paint and install power. The room will serve as a training room for various activities and a meeting place for the TOTs and the Karopa board meetings.

Reported by
James Ojwang
Project Manager
Karopa CBO.

Final Work of Protection of Karoko Springs


This is how the spring looks after the final work of protection, water now flows from the pipes, a course way for the collection of water made thus making it easier to go down to the water collection point with ease even during the wet season. The spring is further fenced from the destruction from the moving animals i.e cattle.

The project has been funded by Swedish Society Of Kenya (SSK) and implemented by Karopa CBO.