3 Jan 2017

January 2017: NGO of the Month






Center for Livelihood Development Africa (CELDA)

The Center for Livelihood Development Africa (CELDA) is a non-governmental and non-profit making organization currently working in Kenya in the following regions; Central & South Rift, Nyanza and Western regions. CELDA is a development and capacity building organization working together with likeminded partner organizations to support sustainable community development and capacity building to local community organizations.

CELDA envisions transformed communities with sustainable livelihoods and it works towards this by empowering the poor, marginalized and disadvantaged communities within Kenya and other East African Countries through capacity building & integrated livelihood development. To do this the organization has a team of professionals that possess a wealth of experience in using participatory methodologies in ensuring that the target communities are involved in respective project implementations right from inception.

CELDA’s main focus is to provide quality management system to achieve development effectiveness in the programs and projects it runs. CELDA does this by embracing the concept of synergy; together we accomplish more. Using a small-scale, grass roots approach, CELDA works closely with the local beneficiary communities and utilizes their existing resources, skills and materials empowering the communities to better manage their projects. CELDA builds better lives.

Through its projects and programs CELDA works in such key sectors as disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, social protection, livelihood development, child protection & rights, governance & public policy, economic enterprise development and civic Education

CELDA is currently working on the following projects, among others, in the community:

  • Conservation Agriculture Project in Banita Location: This is a one year pilot project on Conservation Agriculture in Banita Location, Rongai sub-County. The project has three pillars; farmer to farmer learning and extension, micro-scale water management and Conservation Agriculture (minimal tillage, crop rotation & mulching).
  • Salgaa Road Safety Project: Due to many road accidents in Salgaa center along the Nakuru - Eldoret highway, CELDA is implementing a road safety project working with pedestrians and motor bike operators (boda boda)
  • Rongai Environmental Conservation: CELDA, working in partnership with Rongai Youth for Change, promotes environmental conservation in Visoi area through capacity building, trainings and demonstrations, promoting agro forestry by planting tree and fruit seedlings, mobilizing the community to conserve the neighbouring Koibatek forest, adopting energy saving stoves, establishment of tree nurseries with seedlings sold to the local communities at subsidized prices.
  • Nakuru West Constituency Civic Education Project: In 2017 Kenyans will participate in the General Elections; CELDA acknowledges that previous elections have been full of malpractice such as voter bribery, rigging and voter apathy.  Therefore, the organization is currently conducting civic education to the local communities in Nakuru West constituency. 
  • Mobile clinics project: CELDA has been collaborating with local stakeholders to organize free mobile clinics within Nakuru County. The project has been a success and the organization intends to replicate the project in other remote areas where there is limited access to health services.

Rongai Youth for Change tree nursery
CELDA has been instrumental in community development in the regions where it works. To give a short glimpse of the impact on the ground, in the course of the last few years it has facilitated planting of over 50,000 tree seedlings, trained over 1000 farmers on good farming practices and the use of improved farming technologies, and increased road safety as a result of capacity building and awareness creation conducted with motor bike operators and pedestrians reducing road accidents especially in Salgaa area.

In the course of implementing their projects, CELDA experiences the following challenges:

  • High demand for services from communities that sometimes stretches the organization.
  • A high level of poverty in some rural areas hinders participation of by some communities.
  • Frequent and irregular seasons result into small-scale farmers having no or poor harvests.