The post-election violence that rocked Kenya in 2007/2008 left hundreds of thousands displaced in various parts of the country. Four years later, UN Volunteer Eric Oyuyo knows just how arduous the journey to recovery has been for the many that were displaced in and to Kisumu.
Eric serves in the lake city as the coordinator for UNDP’s Post Election Violence Livelihood Recovery project with the Disaster Risk Reduction unit. Over the last three years, his work has involved working with the IDPs through government ministries and institutions to help them recover their livelihoods and move on from the PEV losses.
“People think that there were no IDPs in Kisumu…there actually were very many of them, in addition to all the ones who were displaced from other towns and came back to settle here,” Eric explains as he talks about the many beneficiaries of this project.
One of the groups that Eric has supported is the GREDCO self help group, an IDP group based in Muhoroni District of Kisumu County.
The group comprises 15 members who were displaced during election violence in 2002 and 2007, mostly from the Rift Valley region, and who have integrated and settled in their community back in Muhoroni, Mutwala area.
The group involves youth who after the violence opted not to go back to where they used to work but rather settle back home and find alternative means to meet their livelihoods needs. Given the food need in the area horticulture farming mainly planting kales became handy as a starting point to meet their household food requirement and earn income to meet other family needs. The initial target market was traders from the local market in Muhoroni town.
In August 2011, the project organized for a business management skills training for IDPs in Muhoroni and members of the group were identified as part of the participants for the training. From the training ,which covered among other topics marketing, record keeping and resource mobilization, the group got their business skills improved which they put into practice after the training.
The group has been able to source for other markets for kales which included two secondary schools within Muhoroni town, which gave them contracts to supply the schools with vegetables. Because of the training, the group also appreciated the need to diversify their products to include watermelon and butternuts, the latest project being local poultry keeping which they have just initiated. Currently the group has ½ acre of kales soon to be harvested, 1 acre of water melon ½ acre of butter nuts and 27 local chicken almost starting to lay.
Because of the group’s hard work and impressive progress, the project has since granted their request for and provided them with a water pump which they are using to irrigate their farms. This will enable them produce vegetable and other crops all year round hence being in business throughout the year. The group has started a revolving fund scheme, with the project, through the Ministry of Trade granting them a seed capital of Ksh.60,000. Members are able to borrow from this fund up to a maximum of Ksh.10,000 and use the money strictly to finance their individual businesses. Some members have initiated their individual farms; this is the ripple effect of the group horticulture project.
On average the group is making a net income of Ksh.15,000 from the sale of kales and butternuts. This is expected to increase with the coming in of water melon and poultry. With the constant follow-up from the Field coordinator and other partners in the project the group is set to be the food basket of Mutwala village in Muhoroni District of Kisumu County.
For Eric, this one group is a prime example of the reason why his volunteering matters!
Photo © UNV GREDCO Chairperson (in white cap) shaking hands with Muhoroni District Officer as he appreciates a gift of water pump for irrigation from PEV-Livelihood Recovery Project. Handing over the pump is Erick Oyuyo (in brown shirt) the UNDP/UNV Field coordinator of the project.
I'm from Sri Lanka and I took many steps to promote peace and justice.I did a project about the women in prison in Sri Lanka and I found reasons for their failures and their social background. Some of them are addicted to drugs and many black market work. I also evaluvated some facts about the election violence.
Promoting peace and justice
We need to promote peace and justice to protect everybody's human right.
especially for the second-classed-citizen such as disabled and women.
They are ignored and discriminated with no proper reason.
Promoting peace and justice will make the world a better place.
Je n'ai toujours rêvé que de faire la paix est l'oeuvre la plus noble au monde, une pensée pour les congolais de l'Est de la RDC.
During my final year in the university of Ghana I did a voluntary teaching at Pantang - in the greater accra region. Before the teaching started I did one week of survey to find out what are the immediate needs of the people of Pantang. After going there for a week I noticed most of the children of school going age are home through out the week that I was visiting. When I inquired from their parents they told they didn't have money to send the children to school and they will be glad if the government could assist. As the saying go, prevention is better than cure, I thought this parent are not able to take care of the children because they have too many of them. Most of these parents are either farmers or petty traders. If they have 1-2 children then they wouldn't have too many mouths to feed then the remaining money could be use to buy books and other items required for education especially now that education is subsidised by government. I therefore decided to train them on family planning and contraceptives. I got teaching aid from the nursing department of the university of Ghana and Teshie maternity home. Since I had already gone to see the chief during my first entry to the community, a gong had been beaten to call the people to the community centre which enabled me fixed a day with them. on the 04/02/2010, I did a presentation to the people of Pantang on how to use the female and male condom with practical demonstration, explain to them the various contraceptives available and where and how to get it.
I then asked question and gave time for them to ask question which I answered. Finally, I shared the remaining condoms to the people present at the village centre.
Peace and Justice
The current violence in NIGERIA is as results of inequity and illiteracy. Nigerian government should make it work to educate its citizens in order to prevent bad influence on them. Several atrocities in the recent time is caused by lack of respect for national policy and violation of human rights.
I want to use this medium to implore the UN to kindly create a special programme to checkmate our activities in Nigeria and other African countries. I believe UN is doing a great job to bring peace, justice and provision for all in all troubled regions.
Within my capacity, I preach peace and condemn insurgence.
Since 2007 I’ve been taking part in a NGO called Servas International in Brazil. I joined the organization firstly as a member and afterwards as staff member for management matters. My job nowadays is interview potential members but from 2009 to 2011 I was the regional coordinator for São Paulo state.
The first time I learned about Servas was reading a magazine about traveling around the world without spending much money and even more making friends. Nevertheless it aimed build friendship based on peace principles by understanding different cultures. I contact key people and joined the group in Brazil.
Servas allowed me know interesting hosters and travellers worldwide. They have different visions and perceptions enhanced my life. That’s the importance of volunteerism: you give and receive.
In the year 2000, Ghana went through an election with much fear but when voices arose, and the pounding hearts of angry party faithfuls were spoken to, 'peace' won the election.
From one government to the other, Democracy was given birth to, and human lives became a priority to all election stakeholders. I had lived through all these good days but the future is sometimes not promising though.
It is another election come December 7, 2012. I can hear voices of triumph and failure for power seekers, so do I hear voices of women, children and the vulnerable crying for peace. War songs are being chanted just as in the days of my neighbouring country Ivory Coast.
Why vote to suffer? why elect a lady to lose a brother who would have fend for the family?
I stand for peace, Ghana is my motherland.
Join me sing 'The 2012 Peace Medley to Ghana.'
I am an administrator and social worker by profession, employed by the Ministry of Women's Empowerment and the Family in Cameroon. Besides my routine work in office, I do volunteering in the communities as well.
My experiences so far are briefly: - mobilise women to pay visits to orphanages; do solidarity calls to encourage well-to-do persons in society assist financially, morally, materially and intellectually, the less priviledged women, girls and families in society; organise demonstrations to teach safer sex practices for men migrating for work purposes and widows; sensitise and organise collective marriages for couples living in free union; organise training sessions for women and girls on carrying out an income generating activity for financial autonomy; educate my target population on preserving soils and a healthy environment; organise educative sessions in partnership with religious leaders in their communities on gender equity and equality issues; animate debates on local radio stations...
Ayant l'honneur de vous informer que mon expérience de volontaire a été requise durant ma participation à la mission onusienne militaire au "Rwanda" (UNAMIR ) 1994-1995 avec l'unité multinationale MP-COY.
J'ai déjà soumis une demande de volontariat VNU (réf.Roster number: 509943).