Matonyok’s vision places education at the zenith of our objectives and projects. Matonyok works with various groups and individuals in the pastoralists’ communities to propagate development in political, economic and social aspects of life. From delivering civic education to the public to promoting best agricultural and livestock rearing practices, Matonyok is continuously drawing attention to its priority of ensuring members of pastoralists’ communities have access to quality and wholesome education. Matonyok continues to promote adult literacy in the region by piquing interest of community members and providing resources where possible to enable the same. We also focus on promoting education on best agricultural practices to the pastoralists-turned farmers especially in Loitoktok sub-county. Our engagement in addressing poverty by supporting various groups have seen an increase in school enrollment due to available resources to pay school fees.
Pastoralists’ communities are one of the most marginalized in Kenya and despite efforts by the government to recognize their needs, there still exists forms of social injustices that continue to discriminate these communities from the national development agenda. Matonyok has taken a front row in educating communities on the value of public participation and where possible helped them actively advocate for their rights in either county or national government level. We combine education with advocacy as a sustainable approach to achieving our mission.
Natural resource management
As a servant of the communities, we are constantly aware of the effects environmental mismanagement and climate change can and has had on the livelihoods of our target group. The increasingly changing climatic conditions have necessitated for Matonyok to participate actively in promoting effective and sustainable environment use. We are using the gains of education and advocacy to empower communities on natural resource management which has seen an increase in conservation efforts from planting indigenous trees and fruit forest to advancing education on water and sanitation.