Our History



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.


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:

  • directly empowered more than 12.000 beneficiaries through trainings in the last 9 years
  • reached around 6.000 beneficiaries in peace tournaments in the last 3 years
  • a reliable and active partner in different networks for many years
  • continuously enabled their staff members to strengthen their capacity
  • built a good working relationship with governmental institutions
  • managed to establish long lasting rapport with international donors
  • managed to purchase a piece of land and built a new office, staff house, kitchen, dining hall, conference hall and guest house


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:

  1. the local communities resolve conflicts and promote peace, and gain skills on governance, stewardship and democracy including human rights and social justice
  2. the government officials, women, men and youth to promote good governance, respect for the rule of law and development that leverages the comparative and competitive advantages of localities while mobilizing their specific physical, economic, social, political and cultural resources and institutions through capacity building on civil, political and social rights
  3. the community members achieve a gender sensitive environment where both female, male and the youth are included in county and national development
  4. the community members gain knowledge on health hazards of too many pregnancies at short intervals, unsafe abortions, sexually transmitted infections and medically unaccompanied pregnancies and births
  5. the local farmers promote environment friendly and commercial viable farming methods which ensure practices for sustainability and to gain skills for income generation for improvement of their living conditions


Background Situation

 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.

Integrated Participatory Approach

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:

  •     Theory of Change
  •     Training for Transformation (Delta and Window)
  •     Active Non-Violence
  •     Rights-Based Approach
  •     Psycho-Social Counselling
  •     Enabling Rural Innovation (ERI)



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:

  1. Peace building and conflict resolution
  2. Civic education (human rights, Kenyan constitution, leadership & human trafficking)
  3. Gender mainstreaming
  4. Health education (reproductive health, HIV/aids & physical challenges)
  5. Sustainable organic agriculture (technologies, marketing, ecology & environment)


The main activities of the organization are:

  1. Peace building workshops, tournaments and road shows, trainings on conflict and conflict resolution, formation of theatre groups, reconciliation activities for disputes in the society
  2. Human Rights trainings for the community members, Human Rights days with mediation, counseling and referral of violation cases to the relevant authorities, children rights trainings and formation of children rights clubs in schools, training on the constitution, devolved governance, social audit and accountability, lobbying and advocacy on identified issues affecting the community, leadership workshops for Training of Trainers (TOT’s) with DELTA (Development Education and Leadership Teams in Action) and WINDOW (Women in National Development of Women) workshops and mentoring of the trainees
  3. Gender TOT workshops and one-day workshops for community members
  4. Trainings on HIV/Aids, sexually transmitted diseases, reproductive health and behaviour change
  5. Organic agriculture and marketing trainings for farmer groups and smallholder associations in the villages and TOT’s, agricultural events like exhibitions, field days, exchange programs and farmer competitions, use of demo plots in the communities, ecological activities like reforestation campaigns in institutions such as schools, irrigation and tree nursery projects on demo plots, climate change activities and riverbank protection projects.  

Area - Counties and Sub-Counties in Kenya

DESECE offers its services in the following Counties of Kenya:

  • County Bungoma: Sub-Counties Bungoma North, East, South and West and Mount Elgon
  • County Kakamega: Sub-County Lugari
  • County Trans Nzoia: Sub-County Trans Nzoia West