Community Based Organization, KENYA
role of youth in development and active participation in Africa
has been a topic of discussion here and in many other forums. While
agreeing that the youth lag behind in active participation, it must
also be noted, with pride, that there is a group of young Africans
who have the present and the future of Africa in their hands. As
such they are stepping up to address problems in the community through
creative methods put in place via various projects. One such young
African is Ekai Nabenyo who hails from Turkana in Kenya and who
seeks to address the challenges that have been for a long time now
been associated with Turkana through the CBO Locodein Community
Community Based Organization is an organization that works in Turkana,
Kenya. It is based in Lorengelup area but its work extends to the
larger Kerio Sub-county. To understand the work done by Locodein
one must understand Lorengelup as a region and the factors and politics
that surround this area. Lorengelup is located 47 km on the eastern
part of Lodwar, has a population of about 2000 people with an illiteracy
level of more than 80%. It also experiences the lowest rainfall
in Kenya which means that there is unreliable water and food supply.
As expected the area has experienced attention from the Aid Community
and from the government but real change or development is yet to
be seen. This is the basic line at which Locodein operates.
is a young organization that was set up in the year 2012 by a group
of university students from the area with an aim to steer the community
towards development, youth empowerment and environmental conservation.
It is under these three basic goals that Locodein operates and has
seen a number of projects successfully go through in the community.
For example in the year 2013 it organized The 2013 Kerio Grand Youth
Summit to discuss issues affecting the youth and how they can be
addressed. Similarly, at the beginning of this year it organized
Lorengelup Youth Summit on Environmental Conservation. It also successfully
wrote a proposal to the Safaricom Foundation and through these efforts
there are six classrooms being constructed so that children can
stop learning under trees.
future, Locodein hopes to carry out projects that will continue
to impact the community positively in the areas of HIV/AIDS, to
curb the high rate of HIV among the young. Bee-keeping, is also
another project they seek to establish. This is not only an economically
viable project but also an environment-friendly one which will see
the members of the community trained on bee-keeping the procedure,
methods and finally how to market the honey. Locodein will partner
with the County Officer in charge of Livestock and Agriculture to
see that this is done. This will play a part in making the people
self-employed and therefore the community a source of livelihood.
The group also seeks to come up with creative ways of keeping the
youth busy during schools holiday in April, August and December
through football and volleyball tournaments. Since the youth normally
have to pay some money to engage in such tournaments, Locodein will
organize and support these young people in these tournaments and
use football as a tool for social change. It hopes to do so in cooperation
with the Youth Ministry to foster positive behavior change.
the rate of poverty in Kerio is alarming, Locodein aims to move
an informed, context specific and action-oriented approach in sorting
out this problem. By providing readily available initial capital
to these people it will be possible for them to engage in sustainable
income generating activities that will end the cycle of dependence
on foreign aid. This will be done under a micro-finance project.
with the high rates of illiteracy Locodein seeks to initiate adult
literacy programs to enhance the literacy capacity of the local
community. The fact that this area has been curbed by illiteracy
has made it an area that is easily put to the margins of society
in terms of employment opportunities, political participation and
civic duty, economic development and educational facilities. By
addressing this problem, Locodein foresees a brighter future for
To learn more about the work done by Locodein follow
their activities on http://www.locodein.com/
and to find out how you can be involved please contact Ekai Nabenyo
Ekai is also being nominated for the CNN Heroes Award and you can
nominate him here.