Environmental Education Program

Environmental Education Department aims at reaching out to people to address the issues facing our environment such as Global warming, climate change and increased pollution as a result of rapid urbanization and industrialization in the region.

First Source Agribusiness Project

This is a joint venture created by three different organizations based in the USA and Kenya. These partners are HPI-Oceantec, First Source USA and Osienala. FSK is proposing an Integrated Agriculture for improvement of Community livelihoods in Rachuonyo


COSMER-LAV Programme was formulated to address the many development challenges, problems and issues on all fronts, which variably threatened Lake Victoria as an ecosystem. Such problems included but not limited to Poverty; Pollution and wastewater disposal; Degradation of water quality;...


Pathfinder International and OSIENALA are implementing a new project called Health of People and Environment in the Lake Victoria Basin (HOPE-LVB). This project is being implemented in both Kenya and Uganda. The Overall goal of the project is to contribute towards reducing threats to the ...


RESOLVE is a multidisciplinary project that seeks to help communities set up income-generating activities in areas such as off-grid energy supplies and agri-business aided by small-scale irrigation systems. The project is supported by Renewable World a UK based NGO focusing on poverty reduction through renewable energy. Beneficiaries are Homa Bay and Migori County.OSIENALA is a partner in implementing RESOLVE.


This is a conceptual framework which is used to assist Lake Basin Managers and the stakeholders in achieving preservation and sustainable use of the lakes and their eco-systems. The integrated nature of the lake resources, as well as the lake problems, are shared throughout the lake. In the long run, it is not sensitive enough to subject different part of the lake to different management.

CDD subprojects supported by LVEMP II

OSIENALA has been technically supporting groups and Beach Management Units supported by LVEMP II in the southern cluster which includes groups in Migori and Homa Bay Counties. There are 69 groups in the first disbursement of funds, 19 groups were funded. In the second tranche, a total of 49 groups were funded. The 69 groups include 31 Beach Management Units.

Radio Lake Victoria

OSIENALA with the assistance of AFEW-USA established RLV as a key vehicle for information dissemination, dialogue and analysis within the Lake Victoria Basin. RLV provides direct and very significant improvements to the lives of its listeners, by dispensing credible and updated information on a large range of community-relevant issues: Health & HIV/AIDS; Education; Environment; Agriculture; Civic rights; Business; News; & Weather.


OSIENALA was established in 1992 as a national NGO with its head office in Kisumu City in Nyanza province, Western Kenya. It started as a membership organization by local communities who live and drive their livelihoods from the resources of Lake Victoria and its environs. It was also to provide a forum for addressing various environmental problems facing Lake Victoria. OSIENALA has created awareness locally and internationally about the problems facing Lake Victoria while at the same time creating structures that would support local communities to become the responsible custodian of their environment and the lake. OSIENALA endeavours to strengthen capacities within the communities for sound management, optimization of resource utilization and improvement of the social and economic status in the region.

Over the years, OSIENALA has repositioned and restructured its services to allow it to engage in regional management and conservation of Lake Victoria resources. OSIENALA works in partnership with other organizations both within the Lake Victoria Basin and internationally. In addition, OSIENALA enjoys co-operation and support from several Government departments, Non-Governmental Organizations, Regional and International agencies.

Vision: A sound Lake Victoria's environment that sustains the equitable livelihood of communities.

Mission: To empower Lake Victoria communities to become key participants in the management and equitable utilization of resources for sustainable livelihoods through capacity building, research, policy advocacy, education, information dissemination and networking.

OSIENALA's collaboration with Worldwide renown partners in environment and development issues such as Global Nature Fund (GNF), Living Lakes Network, OSRAM in Germany and the International Lake Environment Committee (ILEC) in Japan have further strengthened OSIENALA's role in the region.