OTEPIC’s work gives young people the confidence and hope in finding ways to adapt to and mitigate the environmental and economic crisis in Kenya, and to be trained in practical skills with which to generate an income.
These young people will then be encouraged and supported to train at least three friends/family members/neighbours on the topics they have learnt, therefore transferring valuable skills to other members of their community. Since 2008, OTEPIC has been teaching these techniques to people living in slums and poor communities as a way of giving them the tools to lift themselves out of poverty and to conserve nature and biodiversity. With these skills people are able to efficiently grow diverse crops on small plots of land and to date, OTEPIC has improved the lives of over 2,000 farmers, women and youth in Kitale and across the region through such training.
OTEPIC has two demonstration gardens and a seminar classroom, where it teaches theoretical and practical skills such as:
- Tree planting, seed saving and compost production to ensure biodiversity, independence and the survival of indigenous plants.
- Borehole construction in order to provide communities with their own free supply of clean water.
- Renewable energy techniques as an alternative to the use of firewood, which causes deforestation and usually involves women and children having to walk long distances to gather it.
- The creation of kitchen gardens on small plots of land, ensuring a regular supply of healthy food for families.
OTEPIC also promotes peace initiatives among various ethnic groups who have been in conflict with each other due to political tensions and competition for resources. This is achieved by bringing different groups and communities together through sports, theatre, music and exchange programmes and has been highly successful in promoting peace, cooperation and stability in the region.