Kibabii University’s Community Outreach Committee on 23rd June, 2021 hosted the Community Outreach Workshop themed; Food security, Safety enhancement Governance, Environmental protection and Procurement process. The annual workshop brings together community opinion leaders with the aim of shaping and improving the relationship between the University and the community.
Vice Chancellor Prof. Isaac Ipara Odeo officiated the workshop saying that the relationship between the community and the University was vital, adding that the University was a tool for giving birth to ideas which were meant to not only benefit the University but the community at large. The VC urged the community to keep supporting the University while protecting the good image the Institution has strived to achieve and uphold.
“We are proud of our contribution to the community. So far, we have supported the National Government’s efforts of setting up a police station in the area; whose impact we have already felt for the short time it has existed. Plans are underway to distribute water to needy households in the area by the end of the year,” said Prof. Isaac Ipara.
He went ahead to pronounce the launching of a proposed Kshs. 50 million endowment fund for needy students next month, the fund which will benefit those who are unable to raise school fees.
The one-day workshop gave platform for scholars from various specialties in the University to delve into the theme.
Dr. Kefa Nyende, a Lecturer, Department of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences taught on Food Security and Post-Harvest Management. He noted that food production was poor in low-income countries citing the problem of poor production, storage and processing techniques, adding that 14% of food is lost in this production stage, calling it food loss. Dr. Nyende urged those who practiced maize farming to ensure they dried their maize before consumption.
“Be warned against moisture in stores, this causes aflatoxin and ochratoxins in maize which causes liver and kidney cancer and birth defects. The moisture arises from erratic wet weather,” Nyende concluded.
Dr. Nyongesa Khakina, a Structural Engineer and Lecturer of Renewable Energy in his address said that the only solution to drying maize was the use of solar dryers or consuming cereals which are over three years of natural drying.
He stated that for them to store crops for long, the farmers needed to look for other farming alternatives to get cash. He encouraged them to dive into organic farming which he said was more productive providing food security.
He added that productive farming went hand in hand with conserving the environment. This meant no cutting of trees, bricks burning or waste disposal. H
Another speaker, Dr. Brian Singoro from the School of Business and Economics highlighted the need for national cohesion among communities in the run up to the 2022 General elections. He was speaking on a topic; National Value and Principles of Governance. According to Singoro, integration between the University and the community promotes unity, freedom and core principles of governance and national values. It also enhances development in the community and country at large.
In attendance was Mr. Ben Wanjala the Chair of the Community and Kibabii committee, area chief Mr. Geoffrey Khaemba and the Assistant to the OCS Sergeant Phanuel Injene.
Sergeant Injene called upon the University and the community to team up in fighting crime, urging them to report crime at the earliest opportunity.
He concluded by saying that safety came before all and he and his team were ready to work with both parties to enhance the safety of the students and community.
Kibabii University Community Outreach Committee is seven-member committee chaired by Mr. Mulati Omukoba Nyukuri.
Forests, due to their capacity to act as carbon sinks and by providing key environmental services, are globally recognized as critical in climate change mitigation and adaptation. This capacity is enhanced through conservation, rehabilitation of degraded areas, afforestation, and reforestation. According to the Kenya Forests Service, despite all mitigation efforts, Kenya continues to lose about 12,000 hectares of trees each year through deforestation. Its in this background that President Uhuru Kenyatta gave a directive to the Ministry of Environment and Forestry to draw a roadmap to achieve 10% forest cover by 2022.
Kibabii University through the Environmental Management and Mainstreaming Committee has over the recent past demonstrated her commitment by planting indigenous trees to achieve the said threshold. To support these efforts, Equity Bank donated 5,000 seedlings to Kibabii University on 16th April, 2021. The seedlings were handed over to the University by the Regional Manager Customer Service Ms. Albina Ochembo and the Branch Manager Mr. Stephen Wasiche in an occasion that saw part of the seedlings planted at the University’s extension land at Sirisia Sub County.
To extend the exercise, the University staff and faculty led by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Isaac Ipara Odeo today 7th May, 2021 embarked on the exercise of planting more trees within the University Main Campus’ Sports Complex.
“In years to come, Kibabii University shall be a place to behold,” said the Chairman of the Environmental Committee Dr. Paul Obina.
In his remarks, the Vice Chancellor appreciated Equity Bank for the worthy donation.
“Bungoma County is one of the most challenged counties in Kenya with Mt. Elgon being degraded towards a susceptible extinction if something urgent is not done. Equity Bank has been one of our faithful partners. This donation is a blessing to us and a testimony of the Bank’s commitment to issues that matter to mankind, major one being the environment. We really appreciate them.”
The tree planting exercise shall continue until the current long rains season subside.
As the world is fighting and trying to find all possible means to curb the Covid-19 pandemic, at Kibabii University Ms. Sophy Nekoye Waliaula through her program of giving back to the community donated 40 indigenous trees to Kibabii University on 15th July 2020 which were planted as a sign of being grateful to the Almighty. In her sentiments during the tree planting session Ms. Waliaula stated that despite world suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic that has led to many deaths no one at Kibabii University has been directly affected.
In his speech at the tree planting session Professor Mutua challenged other members of the KIBU fraternity to emulate Ms. Sophie Waliaula who has left a trademark that will be remembered by many generations to come for selflessly donating such a huge number of trees to the university at such a crucial time when the nation is battling a major disaster COVID-19.
The occasion was graced by DVC (Planning, Partnerships, Research & Innovation) Prof. Dr – Ing. Benedict M. Mutua PHD, Rer. Nat, DVC (Administration, Finance & Development) Prof. Donald Siamba, Ag. DVC (Academics and Students Affairs) Prof. Julius Kiprop Maiyo among other Kibabii University family members.
It was a productive day seeing the officials of the Bungoma County Boda Boda Association, Representative of the National and County Government, Churches and Mosques Representatives and KIBU Community participate in the third phase of KIBU’s intervention measures in fighting the spread of COVID-19. The second phase included donating the same materials to the county government. Prof. Isaac Ipara, the Vice Chancellor explained how every year the university carries out a community service program. Last year KIBU visited Cheptais and Chepkube sub-counties to address the issues of eradication of jiggers as part of its community service program.
Governor Wangamati salutes Kibabii University on their research and contribution towards fighting Covid-19. The University donated own-made soap and sanitizers to the County in a bid to ensure as many people as possible wash their hands as part of the efforts to check the spread of Covid-19.
Kibabii as an institution is at an advantage not only because of its capacity in both knowledge and facilities, but applicable knowledge in all the disciplines in the institution, KIBU has structures in place that can harness knowledge and apply it during this trying times.
To prevent the spread of Covid-19 the World Health Organizations has urged us to follow the following guidelines : maintain a safe distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing; don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth; cover your nose and mouth with your bent elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze; Stay home if you feel unwell; If you have a fever, a cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention; Follow the directions of your local health authority and most importantly clean your hands often using soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub.
One of the vital products that have been advocated is the use of soap. Soap is a universal product that is used by everyone. Production of liquid soap is done using a simple method in the University’s labs and can be availed to the rural areas in the county, on the other hand sanitizers can be used in offices, business premises and also by individuals. With that in mind KIBU initiated the production of soap for the university’s use and the community around it can also benefit. Prof. Siamba, (Ag. Deputy Vice Chancellor –Administration, Finance and Development) expounded on how other disciplines not necessarily science are working on tasks that they can do to help in the containment of this disease. “Our staff are working from home literary but as they are working from home, we have requested them to pass the correct information about Covid-19. As there is a lot of fake news circulation in the social media and a lot of uncertainties on this pandemic. They can demystify the issues surrounding this pandemic either in group basis or as individual’s by giving the right information to the communities that surrounds them.”
KIBU fraternity has come together in the spirit of corporate social responsibility to support the community as seen by UASU Kibabii University Chapter. UASU reached out to the communities around the University on 24th April, 2020 and donated sanitizers, 100 litre jericans and masks locally made and donated by staff. Beneficiaries of the donations included essential service providers: tuktuk and bodaboda drivers, market vendors in Mayanja, Bungoma taxi stage and the University security department.
KIBU has harnessed the expertise from the chemistry department. Dr. Makokha John Wanjala (Chairman, Department Of Science, and Technology & Engineering) expressed gratitude towards the University management for supporting the department in accomplishing this task. The department has followed guidelines given by World Health Organization concerning production of sanitizers and the liquid soap. The produced sanitizers include 70% alcohol content and the department has done a micro-biological test on its ability to manage the bacteria infestation in the labs and they realised that it cleared all bacteria available in the lab. Therefore proving that it’s effective in its intended purpose.
Prof. Isaac Ipara (Vice Chancellor) expressed a deep concern on the effects of this pandemic, he stated that this pandemic affects every aspect of our lives and it’s important to explore a model where the county government and the university can try to reach out to communities near and far. Initially KIBU wanted to make sanitizers and soap that will be enough for the institution and the community around the university. But in the long run KIBU is looking forward to continue with production of these and other products as an income generating activity, that will help the institution reduce the cost of procurement from the market which is expensive and also generate additional income for the University. We don’t know for how long this pandemic will with us. Washing hands has become a standard procedure therefore we need cheaper products to enable us during this process.
Issues of social stigma associated with COVID-19 are also with us, based on three main factors: first is the fact that it’s a disease that’s new and for which there are still many unknowns; secondly, it is understandable that there is confusion, anxiety, and fear among the public. Unfortunately Stigma can undermine social cohesion and prompt possible social isolation of groups, which might contribute to a situation where the virus is more likely to spread. This can result in more severe health problems and difficulties controlling a disease outbreak. Stigma can drive people to hide the illness to avoid discrimination and prevent people from seeking health care immediately. KIBU has a team of counsellors who can take up the task when needed. KIBU has trained medical personnel who can also participate in the mass testing in the event that the county will need our support.
As Kenya struggles with the profound implications of coronavirus (COVID-19), corporations have a responsibility to step up and help support the government in taking action. In the spirit of corporate social responsibility UASU Kibabii University Chapter reached out to the communities around the University on 24th April, 2020 and donated sanitizers, 100 litre jericans and masks locally made and donated by staff. Beneficiaries of the donations included essential service providers: tuktuk and bodaboda drivers, market vendors in Mayanja, Bungoma taxi stage and the University security department. Dr. Ernest Mwangi Njoroge, KIBU Chairman of Council congratulated the team for the good job done for the community.
Together we can keep COVID-19 at bay.
Kibabii University led by Ms. Sophy Waliaula joined the world on 11th October, 2019 in celebrating International Day of the Girl Child. Kibabii University staff donated sanitary towels to KCPE candidates in Bungoma County. A total of 18 schools in the 9 sub-counties benefited in the Community Social Responsibility initiative.
Ms. Waliaula shared the purpose of the International Day of the Girl Child through empowerment and mentoring of the gilrs. Schools that benefited from the initiative were: Laboot primary, Butonge primary, Bungoma DEB, Christ the King, Mbaraki primary among others.
Workshop on Conflict resolution, National values and cohesion for peaceful co-existence & Procurement Opportunities
Kibabii University held a successful one day workshop with the landlords, youths, women, people living with disability (PWD) and the business community from Bungoma County on 22nd June, 2019 in Auditorium C. The Workshop themed “Conflict resolution, National values and cohesion for peaceful co-existence & Procurement Opportunities” is one among many such forums organized by the Community Outreach Committee under the Planning, Partnerships, Research and Innovation division led by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Benedict M. Mutua, PhD, Rer. Nat.
The occasion was graced by Prof. Barack Otieno Abonyo, Registrar Planning, Partnership, Research and Innovation. Over 100 community members attended the workshop
Kibabii University UNESCO Club- Faculty of Education and Social Sciences (FESS) Chapter team carried out community social responsibility outreach at Gustaf Children’s Home based in Kimilili on 23rd February, 2019. The KIBU UNESCO Club -FESS Chapter team led by Mr. Wanyonyi visited children of 6-16 years. The team donated food stuffs and clothes. They also engaged in counselling, cleaning and cooking
Kibabii University in partnership with the Ministry of Health, Bungoma County provided Community Outreach Services, free medical camp at Chepkube and Cheptais in Mt. Elgon Sub-County on 14th– 15th February, 2019. Main activities included:
- General medical examinations and referrals where necessary
- Health talks on hygiene
- Ant-jiggers campaign
The event was flagged off by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ipara Odeo, DVC (PPRI) Prof. Dr.-Ing. Mutua, PhD, Rer. Nat., Director Performance Contracting and Quality Assurance, Prof. Maiyo and the MoH Cheptais Sub-County hospital.
Prof. Odeo and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Mutua participated in the removal of jiggers from the affected community members. The university staff shared a cake with the community in the spirit on cohesion, love and Valentines
Kibabii University staff visited Bungoma Teaching and Referral Pediatrics Wing for Community Social Responsibility Outreach on 11th December, 2018. The team led by Dr. Wasike and accompanied by Mr. Mulati in charge of Community Social Responsibility activities at the University shared the afternoon with the patients in the Christmas spirit. Patients were gifted with goodies and words of encouragement to help them pull through the festive season.
The University donated several items to the Administration to help in the smooth running of the hospital.
Patients who were overwhelmed with joy thanked the University for the kind gesture.
In attendance were the Hospital Administration and a representative from the Ministry of Health Bungoma County.
Kibabii University UNESCO Club- Faculty of Education and Social Sciences (FESS) Chapter team carried out community social responsibility outreach at Kibabii, Tuuti village, on 20th July 2018. The KIBU UNESCO Club -FESS Chapter team led by the Kibabii University UNESCO Club patron, Mr. Wanyonyi and Mrs. Nancy Njeri Mbugua from Kenya National Commission for UNESCO visited the elderly people who are above 70 years. The team donated food stuffs and clothes. They also engaged in cleaning, cooking and clearing of bushes.
On 21st July, 2018 the KIBU UNESCO Club -FESS Chapter team carried out another community social responsibility outreach at Chwele, Lukhome village. Bungoma County Executive Committee Member (CECM), for Education and Vocational Training, Dr. Betty Mayeku led the team. Mrs. Nancy Njeri Mbugua and members of Chwele UNESCO club carried out jigger treatment and awareness campaign.
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Kibabii University in Partnership with the Kenya Red Cross Bungoma Chapter provided a successful FREE medical service: Malaria management, Deworming, Anti-jiggers campaign, Blood donation, STI screening, HTC services, Family planning and Public health awareness at Mayanja Dispensary and Kibabii University on 30th June 2018.
Kibabii University held a one day workshop with the landlords and the business community from Bungoma County on Thursday 28th June, 2018 in Auditorium C. Theme of the workshop was: “Tenancy, Cohesion and Peaceful Co-existence”. In-attendance were Prof. Odeo Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Mutua, PhD, Rer. Nat. DVC (Planning, Partnerships, Research and Innovation), Prof. S. Shibairo DVC (Academics and Students Affairs), Prof. S.N. Mutsotso Dean School of Graduate Studies, Ms. Anne Bwisa Landloard Rep and Mr. Vincent Sikuku Landloard Rep.
The ICT champions carried out Community Social Responsibility Outreach at Laboot Primary School in Mt. Elgon Sub-County on Friday 9th Feb 2018. The ICT Champions team led by the ICT Director, Dr. Samuel Mbuguah and accompanied by Mr. Mulati who deals with Community Social Responsibility activities at the University donated story books, sanitary towels, blankets and clothes.
Thereafter the ICT champions got involved in team building activities by scaling Mount Elgon.
Workshop on National Cohesion, Conflict Resolution and Procurement Opportunities is one among many such forums organised by the Community Outreach Committee under the Planning, Partnerships, Research and Innovation division. This particular event covered various thematic areas including:National values and cohesion for peaceful co-existence, Awareness of National values and Principles of Governance, Gender mainstreaming,Awareness on alcohol and drug abuse, Procurement opportunities, Issues on persons with disability and Sensitization on complains handling mechanisms. These topics were viewed to be key in addressing knowledge gaps among the Kibabii University community and stakeholders
The occasion was graced by DVC ASA Prof. Shibairo, DVC PPRI Prof. Mutua, DVC AFD Prof. Aywa and members of staff. Over 100 community members attended the workshop.
Kibabii University Hockey Club (Blak Rhinos) members organized a community service by visiting Siritanyi Childrens Home, managed by Bishop Fredrick W. Ogara on 17th Saturday, June 2017. It was a psychological support to the children supplying them with food staff and clothing, accompanying the team was Miss. KIBU (Veronica Akinyi).It was a voluntary service that was part of community outreach by the club.
The home has around 30 children, 5 of them are in pre-unit, 10 are in primary school, 14 are in secondary and one is yet to join Kibabii University for a diploma course.
On 19th May, 2017 The Vice Chancellor, University management board and the University Health Staff donated food stuffs and bedding’s to the family of John Wafula, a six year old boy at Sitoma Village Kakichuma sublocation, who was identified during the Kibabii University community medical outreach held on 24th -25th March, 2017.The boy who lives with the grandmother was identified with multiple skin infection and marasmic kwach and has been on follow up since then.
Kibabii University in Partnership with Kenya Red Cross Bungoma Branch Celebrated World Red Cross Day
Kibabii University in partnership with Kenya Red Cross Bungoma Branch celebrated World Red Cross Day on 8th May, 2017. World Red Cross Day play a big role in the life saving events as well as assisting the vulnerable social people all around the world. It is celebrated to commemorate the birthday of Henri Dunant who had founded the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). World Red Cross Day is celebrated with an intention of alleviating of peoples suffering, enhancing people dignity and protecting their lives from emergencies including epidemic diseases. It aimed to provide relief to the human beings in distress and desolation due to war, food shortage, epidemic diseases or natural calamities. Its celebration is highlighted through a special theme of the year to fulfill the aim of celebration as well as make people aware of its importance.
On this occasion Kibabii University donated :
- Povidine Iodine
- Pottasium Permanganate
- Hydrogen Peroxide
Kibabii University in Partnership with the Kenya Red Cross Bungoma Chapter provided a successful FREE medical service: Deworming, Anti-jiggers campaign, Blood donation, HTC & Family planning at the following sites:
- Namikelo Primary School,
- Stoma Primary School,
- Matongi Primary School,
- Kibabii University
Kibabii University hosts a group of 200 local community members on 23/10/2015 to educate them on key patient issues including Health, Environment, National Cohesion and Integration, Business, Agriculture and Constitutional and Legal issues. The 200 local community members were youth, women and people with disabilities drawn from all the wards in Kanduyi Constituency, Bungoma County
Chief Guest(Bungoma TSC County Director) being assisted by Dr. Obino, Chair, Environment Management main streaming Committee to plant a tree during Kibabii University Collage tree Planting day on 24/04/2015. The tree was done in the Commemoration of the 147 Student who died in Terrorist attack at Garissa University Collage.
The University College, in collaboration with the local community, and other stakeholders and collaborators including Bungoma County Government, Equity Bank, Barclays Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Kenya Commercial Bank, National Bank, National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA), among others organized for its First Tree Planting Day on 20th June, 2014. During this exercise, a total of 3,220 assorted tree seedlings were planted, 1,020 of which on the University College grounds, and the rest (2,200) in the neighbouring institutions. In fact, the 2,200 seedlings planted in the neighbouring institutions had been donated by the local community as part of University College – Local Community collaboration.
On this inaugural University Tree Planting Day, Equity Bank donated a Cheque of KShs. 10,000 to the University to boost Environmental Conservation efforts.
Equity Bank representative presenting a cheque of Ksh. 10,000 to the Kibabii University DVC, Prof S. Shibairo in support of environmental conservation efforts during the tree planting exercise.
Due to increased human activity brought about by the establishment and unprecedented growth of the University, the University organized for an environmental clean-up exercise in and around its main campus on 20th October 2014. This was another University – Local Community initiative to keep our environment clean. It covered the University College’s immediate environs and along Mayanja – Kanduyi stretch of Bungoma – Chwele road. It brought together many stakeholders and collaborators including Bungoma County Government, Standard Chartered Bank, Bungoma Chemist, Total Kenya, Bank of Africa, National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA), Bungoma West Chemist, Red Cross, Generations Hotel, Kims Kisika Ltd. Standard Media Group, local schools and community members among others.
Bank of Africa Bungoma branch donates dust pins to Kibabii University College in support of keeping the environment clean