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Project Technical Advisory Committee hold quarterly meeting

The Project National Coordinator Patrick Kiara, Deputy Coordinator Susan Otieno, and the component Leads presented the accomplishments of the project, the challenges faced and what had been done to address them. The PTAC provides technical guidance in the implementation of the KEMFSED project. It is chaired by Fisheries and Blue Economy Secretary Rodrick Kundu. The

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Women’s group earning more from octopus sales

Thanks to freezers and coolers brought with a KEMFSED grant, a women’s group in Lamu can preserve and transport their catch to markets, turning the tables on middlemen and earning more for their efforts. Shanga Ishakani Women Fishers Group is one of over 60 groups that have benefitted from the community grants. Amina Ahmed has

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Group hopes to give back to the community through goat-rearing

Salma cuddles and lovingly strokes a days-old kid, as she watches scores of goats rush out of their large pen. This kid, one of several newborns, heralds a bright future for Salma and other members of Markaz Albayan, a self-help group at Ras Kitao on Manda. The group is defying the odds to keep a

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Advances made in preparations for the National Marine Spatial Plan for Kenya

Advances made in preparations for the National Marine Spatial Plan for Kenya Preparations for the development of a National Marine Spatial Plan (MSP) for Kenya are progressing in earnest after the Cabinet approved the strategic initiative in March, 2024. The MSP initiative is coordinated by Ministry of Mining, Blue Economy and Maritime Affairs working in

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Over 300 benefit from scholarships

Mohammed Hassan comes from a family of eight children in Kwale County. Their father is a fishmonger at Shimoni. The money he earns from selling fish is hardly enough for the family’s needs and he has always to keep the children in school. After high school, Mohammed was admitted for a diploma course in Fisheries

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KEMFSED National Project Coordinator Patrick Kiara joins the community in a mangrove tree-planting event at Sita Landing Site in Kilifi
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KEMFSED team joins community in tree-planting

KEMFSED National Project Coordinator Patrick Kiara joined Kilifi County Executive Committee Member (CECM) in charge of fisheries, Dr. C, local leaders and the community in a mangrove tree-planting event at Sita Landing Site in the county. The event was organized by the county jointly with Sita Umoja Creek Self-Help Group, which received a KEMFSED grant

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Zahra Ahmed, Wants to be a lawyer
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Scholarship ignites Zahra’s passion for pursuing a career in law

Zahra Ahmed, a Form 2 student at Matuga Girls Secondary School, in Magarini sub-county Kilifi, has a burning ambition to create a better future for herself and her community. Growing up in a single-parent household, Zahra has witnessed her mother’s struggles to provide for their family, especially their education. The girl could often miss classes

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Amos, an aspiring civil engineer
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Aspiring civil engineer’s triumph over adversity

Amos, the youngest of three siblings, was born into a family in Kilifi that knew the harsh realities of financial struggle all too well. He recalls many times when his parents, who rely on seasonal casual work on farms, could not afford regular meals. Despite adversity, Amos’ resolve to succeed in school never wavered. He

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H.E. President William Ruto presents a cheque for Ksh691 million for community groups across five coastal counties to community representatives in the presence of Cabinet Secretary Salim Mvurya, Principal Secretary Betsy Njagi and other officials
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KEMFSED grants to community projects reach Sh1.5 billion

KEMFSED grants to common interest groups for community projects have reached just over Sh1.5 billion for 671 community projects. This was after President William Ruto on November 2023, presented a cheque for Sh691 million for common interest groups spread across Kilifi, Mombasa, Kwale, Tana River, and Lamu counties. The President presented the cheque at Shimoni

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Advisory committee visits community projects

Engaging communities to get their views is important as it provides the KEMFSED project with feedback to ensure it delivers maximum benefits. This also ensures accountability and transparency. KEMFSED teams continuously reach out to project beneficiaries at all levels up to the grassroots to give them an opportunity to share their concerns and ideas on

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Kenya Fisheries Director-General Daniel Mungai and KEMFSED National Coordinator Patrick Kiara the project’s stand
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KEMFSED joins stakeholders to mark World Oceans Day

Kenya joined the global community to mark World Oceans Day on June 8, 2023. The national celebrations were held at the Jomo Kenya Public Beach in Bamburi, Mombasa County. Kenya Marine Fisheries and Socio-Economic (KEMFSED) Project was among the main sponsors of the annual event that creates awareness about the need for conserving and sustainably

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Rukia Pamba and other members of Pweza Women’s Group receive manuals and other documents for managing their community projects. They will receive continuous mentorship from county technical officers and field assistants.
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Community groups trained to manage project funds

Mama Rukia Pamba has made it her mission to improve lives in her community. A mother of eight and fish trader, Rukia dropped out of school after basic education and got married. But in 2018, at years of 46 age, she defied the odds and she joined high school in her home County of Kilifi.

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President launches KEMFSED grants for five counties

His Excellency President William Ruto presided on February 24th, 2023 over the national launch of the community project grants awarded by the Kenya Marine Fisheries and Socio-Economic Development (KEMFSED) in Mombasa at a ceremony attended by governors of all the five participating counties of Kilifi, Mombasa, Kwale, Tana River and Lamu as well as Mining,

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KEMSFED community grants launched in Kwale and Lamu counties
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Kwale and Lamu launch KEMFSED community grants

As a young man growing up on the Kenyan coast, Mwangome Salim, now 52, made good money selling sea shells to tourists on Diani beach in Ukunda, Kwale County. Life was good and he made enough money to settle down and start a family. However, life changed drastically in the late 1990s. The authorities banned

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Blue Economy PS Betsy Njagi visits KEMFSED project sites

Blue Economy and Fisheries PS Betsy Njagi visited various sites of activities supported by the KEMFSED Project in Mombasa, Kwale, and Kilifi counties between January 23rd and 26th 2023. Accompanied by KEMFSED National Project Coordinator Patrick Kiara and other officials, the PS paid courtesy calls to the respective County Commissioners before holding talks with Governors

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Training of local grievance redress committees in Mombasa County
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Grievance redress mechanisms give communities a voice

Following the award of grants to community common interest groups for various sub-projects, KEMFSED is training local committees to strengthen the project’s Grievance redress mechanism (GRM). The training equips the committees with knowledge and skills to address issues raised by communities and stakeholders regarding the implementation of the sub-projects that include productive livelihood, social welfare,

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Kadzo Sulubu - KEMFSED Scholarship Beneficiary
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Scholarship has given me and my family hope

My name is Jane Kadzo Sulubu. I am a student at the Equip Africa Institute pursuing a certificate course in social work and community development.  I am the firstborn in a family of six.  Two sisters are in high school, one is not learning, and the other two are in primary school. My life before

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Leadership training for members of a women's group
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Capacity building to strengthen common interest groups

Local capacity building is a key objective of KEMFSED. The project provides training to improve the abilities of common interest groups to effectively manage sub-projects to improve that increase access to complementary livelihood options for coastal communities that largely depend on fisheries. The capacity building targets groups shortlisted to receive KEMFSED grants for sub-projects that

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KEMFSED support a scholarship program in the counties to build the local skills base
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Scholarship will help me achieve my dreams, says a trainee mechanic

Joseph Yaa Kahindi is the firstborn in a family of five. He is the son of a widower, a fisherman in Mtwapa, Kilifi County. Joseph says his father is hardworking, but he can no longer make enough money from fishing to provide for the family. He struggles to keep the children in school and meet

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