Youth Self-help Agriculture Program SEP, through its innovative Youth Self- help Agriculture Program, helps ensure food security, financially empowers youth, (girls and boys) provides valuable agricultural training, and supports youth’s access to education. SEP works with local families to dedicate a small percent of the families’ own crop land to the care of a youth family member. The child is then responsible for planting, maintaining, and harvesting this plot. After basic food security needs of the family are met, all proceeds of crop sales from the child’s plot go to the child and are used to fund a portion of their school-related expenses. The families must commit to funding the remaining portion of the school expenses. SEP’s Role:
- Coordinates the dedication of the plot to the youth family member
- Provides an initial allotment of seed to the youth to establish his/her crop
- Provides free fertilizer to the youth on an ongoing basis
- Provides the youth with technical training in high-yield farming techniques, including fertilizer application
- Provides market price advisory services for crop sales
- Provides ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the youth’s plot and his/her school engagement
Impact and Accomplishments:
- 125 youth have been able to attend primary and secondary that otherwise could not afford an education, out of this number, 35 have gone through tertiary education through the support from agricultural produce.
- Basic food security directly ensured for the said 125 families
- 353 youth have been trained in key agricultural-related areas,
- Over ksh.70,000 has been generated by youth for the support of their education in a period of 2 years
- 10 HIV/AIDs-related orphans’ school fees have been 100% subsidized by SEP
- SEP has introduced indegeniuos poultry farming, with only 5 youths in the pilot phase
- SEP has produced training curriculum for Agriculture and Agribusiness trainings
- SEP is currently developing intergrated soccer coaching games, that will enable linking of Agriculture and Soccer in the pitch
- Horticultural Programme is ongoing with such crops like maize, beans, ground nuts, bananas, indegenious vegetables and other legumenuos crops being planted. All these are done at the necleaus unit where SEP trains its members.
- Introduce Parma culture within the seven SEP local partner Schools
- Expand on indigenous poultry production within the community, targeting the youth – including young women
- Initiate mutual and objective collaboration with MIT-USA, to help on the technological approach in improving Agricultural activities, while also providing opportunities and space for Agricultural related research.
- Establish value addition/ processing unit, which will enable Agricultural produce processed into finished products, hence improve on the creation of employability and enterprise among the youth.
- Develop appropriate and professional Monitoring and Evaluation tool to help in the consistent evaluation of the programme
- Locally process own fertilizer/manure- this will reduce the cost of farming, while maximizing on the profits. This will be done through the waste collected from SEP;s existing and functional Ecosan toilet within Oyugis market.
- Enhance resource mobilization activities including Funding opportunities to help sustain the programme.
Possible areas of Collaboration with MIT – D-Lab department: It is envisaged by SEP leadership that the above cited planned activities are suitable points for collaboration. We therefore reach out to MIT – D-Lab (Class of Agriculture) to consider sharing any inputs in this context. SEP Football Program SEP aims to use football to mobilize, engage, and educate youth on life skills, health issues, and a wide variety of other topics. Football is the channel that we use to deliver key messages to the youths in our community. Through the power of “developmental football,” SEP’s specially trained coaches provide not only fun, but important life skills to develop the next generation of community leaders. SEP’s unique Youth Football Program leverages the power of football as a tool to:
- Teach life skills through games and integrated messaging in areas such as HIV/AIDS prevention, health and sanitation, Agriculture & nutrition, reproductive health, peace building, and substance abuse
- Engage youth in healthy, fun social outlets
- Improve gender equality
- Mobilize youth and the community at large
- Develop youth leadership through training in coaching, refereeing and tournament management etc
Impact and Accomplishments:
- 1250 youth between the ages of 10 and 20 participate in ongoing football practice and matches
- 65% of all participants are girls and young women who would otherwise not have a social or athletic outlet outside of their traditional roles
- 100 youth have been trained in football coaching, refereeing, and First Aid and 20 are now volunteering as coaches and referees at local schools
- Have a football presence in 7 primary schools and 2 secondary schools.
- Hosts 3 football events per year focused on key life skill topics, resulting in massive behavior change among the youth. These are held in the months of April, August and December (During School Holidays).
- SEP has ongoing football trainings in all its seven zones – Local Partner Primary Schools
- SEP has different age categories of players which form the SEP teams;
- Senior team for both boys and girls – this is free age category
- Under 16 for both boys and girls
- Under 14 girls and boys
- Under 12 for both boys and girls
- SEP has girls’ soccer tournament in every month of April. This attrcat over 15 girls teams Nation wide.
- SEP hosts National Annual Soccer Tournament and Educational Camp in every month of August. This attracts upto 20 teams across the country. (SEP receives over 30 applications to this effect, but due to lack of adequate capacity/shortage of funding, we only pick at most 20 for the event)
- SEP hosts HIV/AIDS tournament every 1st of December every year. This i a fun game, usually small sided games with Football3 methodology. Football three is a method that supports indepth learning as well as promiting fair play rule.
- SEP organises for Football Leadership Training sin such areas like
- Football Caoching
- Football Refereeing
- 1st Aid
- Events Planning and Management
- Register SEP Girls Soccer in the Kenya Premier League – Girls in this part of the village, Oyugis, have been side lined in talent development, hence this will be the opportunity to make the girls show that they are important part of the community, people with talent who can compete Nationally and achieve results. We want the girls from Oyugis region, an area that has been left out ij sports for a long time, to be seen as reliable role models to other young girls.
- Expand on resource mobilization focusing on soccer equipments so as to sustain and expand soccer programmes in the area
- Reach out to various institutions for financial support to help support and sustain SEP Girls Soccer in the Premier League.
- Sustain Soccer activities in the existing seven SEP soccer zones – Local Primary Schools.
- Participate in both National and International Soccer Fora
Projected Income Expenditure of the Programme: With the above said activities, it is projected that every little funding support will count as follows:
- With the above said activities, it is projected that every little funding support will count as follows:
- April Soccer Event - US$2500 - Will support 15 girls tournament for two days
- August National Soccer and Educational Camp - US$5000 - Will support the event of 20 teams for three days
- December Aids Tournament - US$1500 - Will support the one day event for 20 teams
- Soccer Related Trainings - US$4500 - Will support 4 different trainings in a year
- Soccer Equipments - Sending any used soccer equipment will add great value
- SEP Girls Premier League - US$15000 - Will support SEP Girls’ Participation in Premier League for 1 season. (A year has two seasons)