Eco clubs of kenya

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Who are we?

Eco Clubs of Kenya is a Community Based Organisation (CBO) working primarily with the Maasai in Kajiadio County, in order to improve their livelihood and reduce the levels of poverty in the community. Eco Clubs of Kenya aims to achieve this by firstly, equipping young people with life skills on how to better manage and protect their environment, and secondly, mentoring young people to better manage the challenges they face due to HIV/AIDS. The clubs’ area of operation is Namanga division in Kajiadio County, which has about 25 primary schools, most of which are poorly equipped with dilapidated and inadequate infrastructure.

How Eco Clubs of Kenya was born
Kenya experienced a severe drought in 2005, particularly in the Arid and Semi Arid Lands (ASAL). The Maasai were forced to travel long distances in search of pasture and water often coming into conflict with the resident agriculturalists. Many cattle died as a result of the drought. In Kajiadio District – Namanga division, the Maasai pastoralists illegally invading private land in order to access grazing ground. Sensitive negotiations between the pastoralists and the ranch owners, allowed the Maasai to graze their livestock on the private ranches, averted a potential conflict. After this experience, the ranches realised that they had to address the challenges caused by the cyclic droughts if they were to prevent future conflicts over grazing grounds. The reality that such conflicts are inevitable in Kajiado as has been witnessed in other parts of the country.

In order to address this challenge, the ranches agreed on a long term strategy to change the attitude of the Maasai community towards environmental conservation and range management in order to ensure sustainable land use particularly during the drought months. The idea of equipping children through Eco Clubs was thus borne.

Eco Clubs of Kenya also chose to mainstream the challenges of youth sexuality and HIV/AIDS alongside their environmental activities. Youth sexuality for the Maasai is still a big challenge for primary school teachers, who need an extracurricular approach that effectively communicates behavioural change and creates an avenue to address HIV/AIDS challenges peculiar to the Maasai community in Kajiado.

Objectives of Eco Clubs of Kenya

  1. To coach students on environment conservation and management and empower them to influence their immediate environment positively.

  2. To create peer support groups that encourage students to discuss the issues surrounding HIV/AIDS that impact their lives, and empower them to make the right choices concerning their sexuality.

  3. To build the capacity and share knowledge with the teachers and patrons, in the target schools, on issues of environmental and HIV/AIDS.

Some Environment activities of the Eco Clubs of Kenya

  • Tree planting projects around the school and immediate neighbourhood.

  • Planting grass for livestock.

  • Water harvesting.

  • Improving and hygiene situation in the school, by building pit latrines and hand washing facilities.

  • Organising school quizzes, essay writing and painting competitions on environmental topics.
  • Organising nature walks in national parks, rivers and forests to learn about bio-diversity.

  • Environment awareness campaigns within the community.

Some HIV/AIDS activities of the Eco Clubs of Kenya

    • HIV/AIDS basic education in a fun and interactive environment.

    • Setting up a Student Peer Support Network to mentor children both at school and in the villages/Manayattas.

    • Creating and compiling a My World My Life’ book.

    • Drama, songs and poetry competitions with a HIV/AIDS theme.

    • Providing sanitary pads and underpants to teenage girls in the schools.

Areas where Eco Clubs of Kenya can be supported


Technical Support for:

  1. Training of TOTs, student peer leaders and teachers in the area of HIV/AIDS, peer counselling, Female Genital Mutilation and nutrition.

Material Support for:

  1. Provision of sanitary pads and underpants for 200 girls.

  2. Entering the school into 2012 National schools drama festival with a play based on a HIV/AIDS theme.

  3. Creating, printing and publishing the My world My Life book – tells the story of the girl-child experiences in her community through photographs and short poems and stories.

Administrative support for:

  • Transport costs for the students within Kajiadio and Nairobi to attend National Schools drama festival.
  • Stipends for secretariat who include

  1. Technical tutor on HIV/AIDS issues for youth.

  2. Part time Administrator/Accountant – to track clubs budget, donation and prepare annual accounting report for audit. As well as other logistics and administrative functions.

Tel 254 020 4343733 or 254 722 236774; P.O. Box 1484, Village Market, 00621, Nairobi, Kenya

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