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Posted by Gilbert
on 16 October 2018







 Empowering Marginalized Communities (EMAC) is a national KP-led NGO registration NO. OP.218/051/16-138/10363, registered and compliant with the NGO Co-ordination board regulations.



EMAC is registered to Work in 7 Counties namely Isiolo, Meru, Tharaka Nithi, Embu, Kitui, Machakos and Makueni counties, with our head quarters in Tala town, Machakos County.



 EMAC core focus areas are on:-

(a)    Promoting access to quality health care services,

(b)   Promoting Health rights, human rights and Access to justice,

(c)    Promoting economic empowerment for marginalized groups,

(d)   Promoting good governance and accountability,



EMAC programming in centered on the following;

(a)   Access to quality healthcare services:

Through Kenya Red Cross Society-Global Fund we have an MSM prevention programme in Machakos County reaching out to over 800 MSM and to upscale to Kitui and Meru in 2019 offering the following comprehensive services i.e.

1.      Structural – Training and technical support on entrepreneurship skills, Advocacy, lobbying, violence response and sensitizations, condom education/demonstration and distribution. This is in EMAC’s Endeavour to locate the source of public health problems in factors in the social, economic and political environments that shape and constrain individual, community and KP health outcomes.

2.      Behavioral EMAC acknowledges that for effective behavior change. We offer condom education/demonstration, behavior change counseling, Alcohol and drug abuse counseling in the understanding that behavioral interventions need to need to operate at three levels of influence which are;

                                                                                                        i.            Individual level – factors affecting vulnerability and ability to prevent infections including knowledge, attitudes and intentions.









                                                                                                      ii.            Community influence – peers, clients, health workers who facilitate and influence an individual decision relating to accessing health care.

                                                                                                    iii.            Social political environment ; societal prejudice, religious and political rhetoric that facilitate and influence an individual decision relating to accessing health care


3.      Biomedical – EMAC programming promotes biomedical interventions which include condom education/demonstration, VMMC, STI screening and treatment, HTS services, HIV care and treatment, TB screening and treatment/referral, Hepatitis B and C screening and referral for treatment, Abscess screening, Alcohol & Drug Abuse screening and counseling, Linkage to Psychosocial support, PrEP and PEP services.


(b)   Health rights, human rights and access to justice:

Through sensitization workshops for the National Police Service, Health Care providers, community members, religious and local leaders on human rights.

Holding legal clinics and workshops in partnership with other partners in human rights field such as the National Gay and Lesbians Human Rights Commission.

Provision of legal representation for community members through the EMAC contracted law firms and or in partnership with other partners in the Human Rights field such as NGLHRC.


(c)    Economic Empowerment:

With partnership from local finance and micro finance institutions, we offer entrepreneurship trainings to community members to equip them with skills for economic empowerment and self-sustainability. This helps give members a wide menu of options in terms of life sustainability.










Realizing a progressive society



A just, socially & economically inclusive and an empowered society.



To amplify the unheard voices of marginalized communities by fostering equal access to services and opportunities through provision of comprehensive health care services to Key Population, dissemination of appropriate information and  technical support to promoting reliable access to justice, health care services, economic empowerment and good governance.



EMAC believes in working together for:

  • Human rights and justice

All of EMAC work is based on respect for the inherent worth and dignity of all people, and the rights that follow from this understanding.


  • Transparency and accountability

EMAC both provides and expects to access clear, accurate and up-to-date information. We are willing to hold ourselves to high standards and seek to hold others to similar standards as the ones we set for ourselves.


  • Sustainability

EMAC is committed to development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. By empowering the communities we serve, we believe that the benefits of our work will be enduring.


  • Cooperation and partnership

We respect the wishes and requirements of the communities we serve, our partners and allies and we endeavor to create a shared voice, working together in a manner that enables us to achieve our shared goals and live our shared values.


·            Peace

EMAC recognizes that peace is about more than the absence of conflict. We strive for concord, harmony and tranquility – a balance of power.



By 2014 LGBT & Sex Workers Mobilizing in Kenya had made remarkable strides in community mobilizing and movement building. However, these efforts were made and realized within the major metropolitan Cities and Towns in Kenya such as Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru, Kisumu, and their outskirts, which saw most of the development partners concert their resources to these regions in support of the organizing in those regions leaving out the rural areas of Kenya. The rural settings of Kenya, especially in the former Eastern province (Upper & Lower) were lagging behind in the momentous revolution of community mobilizing and movement building. At the time not even a single LGBT-led or Sex Worker-led groups (Formal or informal) and/or was funded yet there were programs (Hope World Wide Kenya-HWWK & National organization Of peer Educators-NOPE-which were & still are not KP-led) that were providing health care services to Men who Have Sex With Men- MSM and Sex workers under the Ministry of health through NASCOP. The health care service uptake by the MSMs and Sex workers, however, remained relatively negligible under these programs. This was because of lack of community empowerment in organizing of the LGBT & Sex Workers in the region, the criminalization of Homosexuality and Sex Work in Kenya by the penal code which criminalizes private consensual homosexual acts ( sex workers, their clients and third parties (  

These punitive laws, the conservative culture of the people and the dominant religion in the region fuelled stigma, discrimination, violence and other human rights violations that highly contributed to the self-censorship of LGBT persons and sex workers from openly and confidently identifying with their sexuality and occupation respectively that limited them from accessing friendly health care services including HIV health care services.

As a result majority of LGBT identifying persons and Sex workers had to move far from their homes to look for love, approval and safe environments for sex workers to conduct their work without much fear and violence hence maintaining the coverage of HIV prevention, treatment, advocacy and support programs in the region at a relatively low percentage compared to other regions. It is in this realization that in 2014 EMAC founders saw the need to actively take up the lead in building a movement for LGBT & Sex Workers in Eastern Kenya and pursued the registration of EMAC movement as a national NGO In September 2016, to empower LGBT & Sex Workers to raise their voices in unison and to actively participate in the liberation struggle to







 fight for safe spaces in our society, change the societal attitudes and knowledge about homosexuality and sex work and collectively promote the upholding of the Human rights for all by all in society and also address their high vulnerability to health and social problems, including sexually-transmitted infections (HIV/STIs), unintended pregnancy, repeated violence, sexual & economic exploitation, stigma, discrimination and substance abuse and eventually change the typically criminalized environment that limits LGBT & Sex Workers ability to mitigate the impact of their occupational hazards, such as multiple sexual partners, violent clients, difficulties in negotiating condom use, poor access to appropriate health care services, condoms & lubricants and high STI prevalence.

EMAC remains committed to realizing a strong and united movement of LGBT and Sex Workers through collective and active involvement of LGBT persons & Sex Workers in community empowerment and organizing.










EMAC is an umbrella network of LGBTI and Sex Workers organizing, both formal and informal and currently has a strong affiliate membership of the following groups across Eastern Kenya;

1.      MASWO – Machakos Sex Workers Organization (Matungulu - Machakos)-FSW

2.      ERYS – Eastern Rainbow Young Shiners (Kangundo -Machakos)-LBQ

3.      MIASM – Men in Action Supporting Men (Meru)-MSM

4.      MWOHE –  Marginalized Women For Health And Empowerment (Isiolo)-FSW

5.      WASUPA NA AFYA – (Mavoko - Machakos)-FSW

6.      ATLO – Arms to Lean On – (Embu)-MSM

7.      Young Heroes – (Machakos Central)-FSW




EMAC is a membership organization with two types of members. We have 13 duly registered individual members and 7 Affiliate group members.


EMAC is governed by a board of 7 Directors namely:

  1. Chairperson- J. M. Syongombe.
  2. Vice-chairperson- Benjamin Munyoki.
  3. Treasurer – Victor Makau.
  4. Secretary/ executive Director- Nelson Mutugi Silas.
  5. Vice secretary –Boniface Gakuru.
  6. Board Member - Nicholas Muema
  7. Board Member - Marcus Kasivi





The AGM is the supreme organ of the organization and members democratically elects members to the board to manage the organization on their behalf. The board constitutes of 5 members, the chairperson, secreatry, treasuerer and two members whose role is to develop organizational policies that gives organizational direction and supervises the secretariat in implementation of the polices. The secretariat i.e. the management team comprises the competitively recruited staff headed by the Executive Director



Sex workers provide peer education to their peers, they are involved in condom distibution, referral and linkage. Peer educators do accompany their peers for referall services. Peer educators do their own peer planning and are  proactiely engaged during program design, planning and implementation.




It is the supreme organ of the organization guiding policy and organizational program implementation. Its members are drawn from the organizational individual membership through a democratic election during the AGM to serve a 3 year term renewable and with a maximum serving of two terms. Its core function will be to provide oversight in the implementation of this strategic plan and ensure that the set targets are achieved in the most cost effective way possible.

The BOG will strive to ensure that appropriate oversight is provided in all organizational core functions including programs, finance, resource mobilization and sustainability through (a) strengthening governance processes and systems and (b) continuous review of board performance targets.

EMAC BOD/BOG will exercise responsibility for ensuring that the overall organizational governance, with focus on:-

a.       Policy development and review.

b.      Restructuring EMAC organogram.

c.       Oversight to the secretariat.

d.      Resource mobilization.

e.       M & E regular review.

f.       AGM.





EMAC secretariat

This is the second authoritative organ headed by the Executive Director and the secretariat team comprising of competitively recruited personnel with highly specialized skills. This organ is responsible for conducting stakeholder consultations, resource mobilization for all projects, program planning and designing and project implementation strategies.

It shall also be in-charge with the overall coordination of programs and projects that are designed to contribute to the overall objectives of the strategic plan.

The secretariat will seek to (a) increase efficiency and accountability through continuous strengthening of management systems and processes (b) optimize the flow of strategic information, (c) improving the effectiveness of financial management and investments and (d) strengthening human resource through recruitment and staff capacity development programs.


EMAC secretariat exercises responsibility for ensuring that the overall functioning and accountability of the organization, with focus on:-

a.       Leadership.

b.      Result Based Management.

c.       HR management.

d.      Resource mobilization.

e.       M & E.

f.       Financial management.

g.      Program coordination and coherence across priority areas.

h.      Communication both internal and external.

i.        ICT development and institutionalization.

j.        Procurement.

k.      Knowledge translation and consumption.

l.        Infrastructure development.

m.    Learning and training.

n.      Networking and Alliance building.


EMAC has established solid partnerships with

1.      UHAI-Eashri on advocacy programming.

2.      Red Cross Society-Global Fund on MSM HIV prevention programme in Meru County.

3.      NASCOP on Technical Support HIV/STI programming.

4.      MOH on provision of MSM friendly health care services.

5.      HAT on justice redress for the PLHIV

6.      NEPHAK on technical Support on PLHIV programming

7.      KESWA on technical Support on Advocacy, Community Empowerment and Movement building.

8.      HOYMAS Fiscally hosted our first funding from UHAI in 2016/2017.

9.      PI on trainings and technical support on security planning and management.



Strategic Plan 2018/2021 implementation arrangement.

The strategic plan will be implemented through a five level authoritative organogram as in the figure/organogram explained below as attached hereto.

1)      The supreme level color coded red with the oversight function comprising the members, BOG and the trustees.






a.       Members have absolute oversight authority

b.      BOG has obligatory mandate to report to the members during AGM.


2)      The executive level color coded orange. It draws its membership from the executive director in-charge of :-

a.       The overall duty bearer and

b.      Official liaison person for the organization,

c.       Head of all operations and

d.       The chairman to the program management unit.


3)      The technical level color coded jungle green drawing its membership from the departmental directors. These are the (a) programs Director in-charge of the overall oversight for all programs with oversight authority to the Project Officer Advocacy, Project officer fundraising, Project Officer Institutional Strengthening, (b) Communications Director in-charge of overall communications  and ICT oversight with mandatory authority to M&E Officer, communications officer , ICT officer  the (c) Finance Director in-charge of providing oversight to the finance and administration department of the organization, with mandatory authority to the Accountant, Procurement Officer and  Administration Officer and (d) Director Personnel in-charge of providing oversight to the Human resource unit of the organization, with mandatory authority to HR Manager.

4)      The Supervisory level color coded blue drawing its composition from the (a) PO Advocacy who has mandatory authority over the Legal officer and the Field Officer, the (b) PO Fundraising who has mandatory mandate  over the Fundraising Officer, (c) PO Institutional Strengthening  with mandatory authority over the Institutional strengthening officer(d) M&E Officer with mandatory mandate over the data Analyst (e) ICT Officer with Mandatory mandate over ICT assistant (f) Accountant (g) Procurement Officer (h) Administration Officer with mandatory mandate over Administration Assistant.

5)      The Support Staff level color coded purple drawing its composition from the legal officer, Para-legal, Fundraising Officer, IS Officer, Data Analyst, ICT Assistant and Administration assistant all who have mandatory authority over the organizational volunteers, interns and Attaches.

6)      The volunteers, interns and attaches level; color coded sky blue.








First name:

Nelson Mutugi

Last name:


Position within group:

Executive Director/ Board Secretary


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+254 727 815 386

Office Mobile Phone No.

+254 742 358 044







Reference 1

Reference 2

Full name: Rosaline Kasiba

Full name: Helgar Musyoki

Position: ED

Position: NASCOP HEAD,

Organization: SWOP Ambassadors

Organization: NASCOP

City, country: Nairobi, Kenya

City, country:  Nairobi, Kenya

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Mobile phone No.: +254 722 829 948

Mobile phone No.:  +254 722 497 484