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Welcome to Tembea Youth Community Empowerment Enviromental Stewardship

The project aims to construct energy efficient cook stoves for rural communities in Siaya County in Nyanza Province, Kenya. As in many rural regions in developing countries the supply of modern energy carriers such as electricity and fossil fuels is very limited and expensive. In Siaya district, only 1.4% of the population use electricity for lighting and only 0.1% for cooking purposes. To meet their basic energy needs households rely on locally available biomass such as firewood and also occasionally charcoal; almost 90% of households use firewood for cooking and 9% use charcoal for preparing their meals. Households in Siaya district traditionally cook on open fires consisting of 3 stones, in this way burning large amounts of fuel wood in very inefficient ways. This has severe impacts at the social (health) and environmental levels (e.g. deforestation, CO2 emission).This project aims to mitigate these impacts by introducing energy efficient cook stoves to Siaya communities in Kenya. The efficient cooks stove is a biomass rocket stove designed for burning wood and consist of two cooking units that can be separately fired. The stove is fixed and installed in households.
Promoting environmental stewardship and climate change adaptation preparedness in Ugenya District, Kenya (2009-2011): With funding from Artist Project Earth – UK, the project aimed at enhancing the capacity of small holder farmers to adapt to climate change challenges. Capacity building and applied research on appropriate approaches to integrating indigenous knowledge in combating vagaries of climate change amongst the small holder farmers in Ugenya District.
The project also sought to raise awareness amongst communities on climate change impacts. Negotiation for alternative livelihoods amongst the target communities, promotion of early maturing crops and drought resistant crops. Capacity building and stakeholder consultation for policy direction/advice to address climate change
Climate Education Project is an overarching activity that cuts across the different programs at Tembea. Activities therein strengthen the on-going environmental education initiatives in the region by Tembea, as well as to integrate comprehensive education component into the Tembea’s carbon offsetting project – Energy Efficient Cook stoves for Siaya Communities and Natural Resource Management Projects.
It involve participatory approaches to address missing gaps to effective climate education, theoretical background of climate change, development of educational materials – hinged on best practices to environmental/climate education. This is conducted to the school patrons, environmental club members in schools, communities and other stakeholders.
Climate Change Education through Participatory Education Theatre (PET) and Drama
This is a component of Climate Education program which is implemented in artistic (theatre) ways. We understand better that to make our actions more sound and effective, we need to involve practical activities too.
CSL is a local capital mobilization – savings and loaning led microfinance that have the community at centre stage. The methodology has emerged as a powerful platform in rallying communities to undertake sustainable livelihoods, governance and natural resources management approaches. It plays two pronged roles; one, the methodology is a mobilization platform for capacity strengthening, cross learning, tapping on indigenous knowledge, awareness creation as the community members meet weekly. Two, S&L is critical in ensuring community’s contribution is sustained in development interventions. Thus, the methodology is embedded on all Tembea’s intervention as a firm foundation for sustainability of the programs beyond the life of our projects. Through this platform, participating community groups have initiated alternative livelihood options through joint venture such as indigenous poultry keeping, bee keeping, vegetation farming, and cereal farming among others. The methodology is therefore a strong intervention with great potentials in transforming communities whereas embracing environmentally sound sustainable livelihoods.
The project is based on the lessons learnt, milestones and experiences in the past project period. Therefore, Tembea sought to strengthen capacities of communities to effectively and efficiently address the underlying and emerging natural resource management challenges, whereas seizing emerging opportunities for sustained livelihood enhancement and self reliance.
The Nzoia River directly influences and affects the socio-economic livelihood of a large proportion of the local people, thus, continuous engagement of wider CSO network and line government ministries in advocating for sustainable Natural Resource Management (NRM). Intensification of co-management programme still remains crucial, bringing the community’s diverse cultural conservation experiences to complement the existing policies for environmental management and compliance amongst the community.
Lastly, working with schools to scale up activities of environmental clubs in schools in a bid to pilot integrated innovations for sustainable livelihoods, providing platforms for community learning and adoption
The Natural resource management project sought to address the devastating environmental degradation manifested by human activities along river Nzoia and related natural resources in Siaya County and the neighborhoods. As a habitat for different mammals, animals and birds, Nzoia River basin needs to be conserved through a co-management programme, bringing the community’s diverse cultural conservation experiences and indigenous knowledge to complement the existing policies for environmental management and compliance amongst the community. As an area that directly influences and affects the socio-economic livelihood of a large proportion of the local people, Tembea seek to engage wider CSO network and line government ministries in advocating for sustainable Natural Resource Management (NRM).

Enviromental management

Siaya County is well endowed with a wealth of good environment and natural resources ranging from prime fertile agricultural land, rivers and the Lake Victoria. On the other hand, there is wanton destruction and unsustainable utilization of the natural resources, leading to serious degradation of the environment. For instance, uncontrolled brick making has increased unabated especially along the road reserves, wetlands and on arable cropland. The burning of bricks has lead to increase in felling of trees.

Educational research

Tembea like any reputable institution is driven by the fact that continuous training, coupled with lifelong learning and education play crucial role in entrenching sound principles of practice and in quality service delivery. Over the years, our organization have adapted and innovatively used proven development methodologies and interventions with the communities with positive results and wide impacts. These require stepwise and robust documentation for purposes of laying sound foundation.

Human right advocating

In 2010, Kenya promulgated the Constitution. Kenya’s Constitution is touted as one of the best with a comprehensive chapter on Human Rights. The constitution provides for a lot of gains citizens that were previously marginalized; for instance, youths, people with disability, women and the elderly just to mention a few. Participation in decision making and governance process is also of essence in the Kenya’s Constitution.

Climatic changes education

Impacts climate change impacts on the poor vulnerable populations of Siaya County need not to be over emphasized. Increased temperatures and unpredictable rainfall patterns have caused great losses to small-holder farmers in the region. On the other hand, risks, hazards and disasters that occur due to climate extremes are unprecedented. These include; flooding along the Nzoia river Basin and the Yala Complex, flash floods in the urban centres, displacement and loss of life and property.