More about us
Ecofinder was formed by like-minded young people residing in shanties of Kisumu who were touched and moved by myriad problems (State of affairs) affecting them and other young people in the slums and beyond; idleness and unemployment, substance abuse, school drop-outs, unwanted pregnancies, unhealthy boy-girl relationships, peer influence/ pressure, sexually transmitted infections and other ailments, environmental mismanagement, street urchins, orphans, lack of basic needs inter alia. Therefore, the pioneer members decided to initiate this self-help project (CBO) to mobilize the young people to take a proactive role in ameliorating the aforementioned state of affairs. Ecofinder Kenya operates on the principle of integrated or holistic approach in tackling the myriad problems: Environment, Health and other Socio-economic problems and to accommodate the diverse background and interests of the people involved. The organization also recognizes the gender concerns in the society and aims at achieving social justice, equity and poverty alleviation.
The mandate of Ecofinder Kenya is captured in its herein stated vision, mission, goals and objectives:
Ecofinder is committed to the promotion of Lake Victoria people’s active participation in ameliorating their Environment, Livelihood and Health and by extension that of their communities.
To empower and work with the grass-root communities through holistic approaches in order to make them realize their potentials and attain local sustainable development.
Goals and Objectives
1. To facilitate grass-root communities proactive involvement in sustainable development issues around Lake Victoria region.
2. To promote natural resources conservation among Lake Victoria communities.
3. To promote environmental friendly enterprises for poverty alleviation
4. To facilitate sustainable development education, training and advocacy on various thematic issues among Lake Victoria grass-root communities.
Meet Our Team
Maurice holds B.Sc. in Environmental Science from Egerton University, Kenya and M.Sc. in Tropical Ecology from University of Bremen, Germany.
Masters Degree in Environmental Policy, University of Nairobi (Ongoing). Holds a BSc in Wildlife Enterprise and Management from Egerton University, The Netherlands. A post graduate certificate in Wetlands, Integrated Water Resources Management and Food Security from Wageningen University, The Netherlands
Holds diploma in social work (Moi University). Has experience in community mobilization, development and health. Has participated in numerous acting and puppetry theatrical projects ranging from ecological sanitation, wetland conservation and health issues.
Holds BA in Public Administration and International Relations from Moi University. Has experience in Leadership mentorship and incubation, community mobilization and capacity building, social marketing, conflicts management, institutional analysis, networking, public affairs management and development communication.
Holds advance Diploma in Community Based Development and Project Management from Premese Africa Institute. Likewise, Certified Public Account (CPA I).
Holds Diploma in Banking and Finance and Bachelors of Business and Management (Accounting option). Has experience in financial accounting and management.
The Advisory Board
Holds Bsc in Natural Resources Management from Egerton University and Msc in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management from consortium of European Universities; University of Manchester, UK, University of Lund, Sweden, Central European University, Hungary and University of Aegean, Greece. His role in the advisory board includes technical backstopping in strategic planning, scientific research, interventions design and development, resource mobilization, networking and impact evaluation.
Holds Msc in Environment and Development from Oxford University. He is the Executive Director of CREE and has experience on resource mobilization, poverty alleviation and nature conservation.
Holds Msc in Environmental Management from Lund University. Works with Safaricom Company Limited and has experience in sustainable development education, environmental governance and corporate citizenship.
Her role in the advisory board includes technical advice in the areas of entrepreneurship or business development and networking of Ecofinder Kenya in the global arena. Her educational background includes B.Sc. in International Business and Management and M.Sc. in Strategic Innovation Management from the University of Groningen, Netherlands.
Holds Bachelors of Commerce and CPA (K). Works with Price Water House Coopers and has experience in project and financial management.
Ciara is a video journalist and producer for Reuters in London. She holds an MA in International Journalism and has experience in applied theatre, international journalism, communication, filming and local development work.
- Enhancing Women and Youth Capacity to Pursue Sustainable Livelihoods through Environmental Leadership Training
Funded by – Canadian High Commission (Canada Fund for Local Initiatives)
2019 – 2020, Lake Victoria Region
- Co-designing plastics pollution reduction tools & curriculum for 300+ watersheds
Funded by – National Geographic Society
2019 – 2020, Kenya – Lake Victoria
- A bid to Save the Papyrus Endemic Birds of Lake Victoria
Funded by – Eric Hosking Charitable Trust
2017 – 2018, Lake Victoria Region
- Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Building Among Lake Victoria Communities Kenya
Funded by – USAID – The PREPARED Project
2015 – 2018, Lake Victoria Region – Siaya County
- Enabling Rural Riparian Communities to Conserve and Benefit from Wetlands in the Winam Gulf, Lake Victoria, Kenya
Funded by – MacArthur Foundation
2014 – 2017, Winam Gulf, Lake Victoria Region
- Applied Theatre for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
Artefact Center for Sustainable Development, Germany
2010-2011, Lake Victoria Region
- Strategic and Multi-stakeholders Advocacy for Yala Wetland Community Conservation Area and Ramsar Site, Kenya.
Rufford Small Grants Foundation, UK
- Conservation, Training and Entrepreneurship
Whitley Trust Fund for Nature, UK
2009-2010, Kisumu and Siaya
- Conservation, Poverty and Ecological Sanitation
Centre for Rural Empowerment and the Environment (CREE), USA
2008-present, Kisumu and Siaya
- Conservation Education, Survey and Monitoring
Rufford Small Grants Foundation, UK
- Primates Survey and Conservation Education
International Primatological Society (IPS)
2009, Kisumu and Siaya
- Avitourism Survey
African Bird Club, UK
2008, Lake Victoria Basin, Kenya
- Self-Sufficient Schools, Entrepreneurship in Schools
Teach A Man To Fish, UK
- Fellowships on Field Ecological Research
Earthwatch Europe and Kenya
2009, Madagascar, Malawi and Kenya
- Performing Arts in Schools and Villages
Kenya Community Development Foundation, Changamoto Fund
- Environmental Education and Awareness
Lake Victoria Sunset Birders Kisumu,
- Sustainable Development Education
Civil Society and Government Departments
- Edu-entertainment performance
Institute of Performing Artists Limited (IPAL)
- Social Marketing (Malaria, Water Treatment and HIV/AIDS)
Population Services International
- Human Rights Issues and Women Empowerment
Kenya Human Right Commission (KHRC)
- Peace Promotion/ International Peace Day
Peace One Day, UK
Ecofinder Kenya in partnership with grass-root communities and other stakeholders facilitate diverse interventions towards enabling sustainable utilization and conservation of natural resources base. Interventions include environmental education, environmental research and monitoring, training and capacity building and habitat rehabilitation and restoration. These interventions target wetlands, catchment areas, water and sanitation, human-wildlife conflicts and climate change thematic domains.
IT AND ENTREPRENUERSHIP
Ecofinder Kenya recognizes the imperatives of information technology and entrepreneurship in not only tackling communities' problems but providing avenues for prosperity. Therefore, undertakes interventions aimed at mainstreaming IT and entrepreneurship into grass-root communities' socio-economic endeavours. Hence undertake training and enabling application of the same in environmental conservation, livelihoods improvement and diversification.
HEALTH AND OUTREACHES
Ecofinder Kenya promotes preventive health care through health education and provision of required deliverables such as mosquito nets and medicine. Other outreach activities include provision of charitable materials such as food, school uniforms, books et cetera. This programme intervention is necessitated by the fact that unhealthy or hungry community cannot participate actively in environmental conservation and entrepreneurial activities.
PEACE, LEADERSHIP AND GOVERNANCE
Peace, Leadership and Good Governance are critical prerequisites for environmental management and economic prosperity. Ecofinder Kenya focuses on local peace, leadership and governance and target youth. Our interventions include training and capacity building through coaching, mentorship and incubation on peace, leadership and governance. Activities such as sports for peace, festivals for leadership and camps for good governance are undertaken under this programmatic intervention.