Otepic – Permaculture and peace work in Kenia WWW.OTEPIC.ORG
I met Philip at the Universal Peace Celebration at Schweibenalp in Switzerland. He was then travelled allover to promote Otepic, a very unique project.
What is OTEPIC?
Organic Technology Extension and Promotion of Initiative Centre (OTEPIC) is a community based organization born out of passion for sharing knowledge and innovative approaches with those who need it most: subsistence farmers, and in particular, women and youth groups in Trans-Nzoia district of northwestern Kenya and its surrounding areas.
OTEPIC was registered as a Community Based Organization (CBO) in 2008. It has 4 board members and many volunteers.
For the communities to have a blooming, independent future with food, water, clean energy and peace prevalence irrespective of their past. Forming a world network of like-minded groups, cooperating with similar communities throughout the world, sharing skills and services, taking political action – and forming the vital nucleus of a new civilization.
History of OTEPIC
Philip Odhiambo Munyasia, the founder of OTEPIC, grew up in Mitume as the youngest of 8 brothers and had the rare opportunity to visit a high school. Afterwards, he started to teach people in his neighborhood how to grow their own food and improve their situation. Eager to learn more, he was given the opportunity to do an internship in the Permaculture farm. “Ecology Action” in California. Later he took part in the Global Campus training program in Tamera, Portugal where he became familiar with Holzer´s permaculture. To the surprise of his friends and clients, he has returned to his poor neighborhood after every visit abroad, and has not spent the money he raised for private purposes. Instead, he has developed a deep wish to change the situation of his people and has acquired ideas for how to do it.
In 2008, he founded OTEPIC and created a team which has been teaching people, initiatives, groups and communities to use Permaculture as an alternative way to gain food security and to conserve nature and biodiversity.
OTEPIC empowers communities to grow and enjoy their own food through providing grass root education in skills of sustainability. Since 2008 we have taught more than 2000 local farmers, women and youth in ecological agriculture, permaculture, peace education, renewable energy technologies and promoted innovative activities to improve the living standard of people.
We created two demonstration gardens in the poorest neighborhoods of Kitale – a learning garden in Mitume and the Amani Garden in Bidii – to inspire our communities with perspectives and teach them community-based approaches to sustainable development. In follow-up seminars we visit the participants to help and guide them to apply the techniques they have learned in the workshops. Many communities and women initiatives could improve their situation.
Nancy Oppelle from the womens initiative Maili Saba, which has been taught by OTEPIC since 2008: “Nobody goes hungry anymore, not even at the end of the dry season. Our children are healthy because they get a diverse diet. And the money that we save by not using chemical fertilizers helps to buy their school books.”
With the help of a local landlord we created a seminar house and cultural center in Mitume as a teaching hall and a meeting place for all people.
In 2012, we could build a borehole and a water system driven by a solar pump which provides free drinking water for the families of the community. This was realized with financial support from a great friend and the labour contribution of the whole community of Bidii.
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