ACO Foundation is a membership Organization in nature and has its membership in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda and South Sudan. Respectively it has Board of Directors in all these countries, hence we have a Regional Team and National Teams. Its Leadership structure begins with Executive, Governance and Management. Each Country has its own Governance and Management structures while all are united at the Executive level of leadership for the purpose of Safeguarding the Vision and Mission.
In Kenya we have a Coordinator at every county; a Supervisor at every ward; and 4 Field Officers at every Sub-location and this is what comprises of the County Team. We have 47 National Teams to oversee the work of County Teams. Each national team has four people: one environmentalist, one county group animator, one county guidance and counselling officer and one video shooter and editor for the purpose of documenting everything that we do. The County Teams in return go down to empower and capacity build the grassroots environmental groups. Coordinators’ work is to coordinate supervisors who subsequently supervise the field officers. The Field Officers are the ones who are directly involved in the membership drive, adopting already existing groups into our environmental agenda, formation of new environmental groups, empowerment and capacity building of the environmental groups in their sub-locations.
Each Field Officer is in charge of at least 10 Environmental Groups, each group with 15-20 members. This means each Sub-location Representative will nurture between 150 and 200 people to be Environmental Ambassadors for five years. In the whole Country we have 40,000 Field Officers and each nurturing between 150 and 200 people will translate to six million (6,000,000) Environmental Ambassadors by December 2022. If this process continues after 2022 December for another five years, with each of the six million Environmental Ambassadors nurturing only 8 people, by December 2027 we shall be having in Kenya 48 million experienced and convinced Environmental Ambassadors ready to serve in Kenya and beyond.
Averagely we shall be having a working staff of 43,000 people in the whole Country: 40,000 Field Officers; 1,450 Supervisors; 47 Coordinators; 47 National Teams with 188 members;11 Directors; 51 Program Managers; 30 Environmental Band Members; 15 Experienced Purveyors; 11 Board of Directors; 2 Executives; 1 Patron; and other Supportive staff.
In order for this process to be participatory, we have deliberately chosen “Participatory Action Research” as the prefered methodology of delivering a clean and healthy environment to Kenyans by December 2027, when we shall be having 48 million people who are efficient and effective Environmental Ambassadors. Our primary focus will be a participatory action research on “Sustainable Solid Waste Management” in Kenya, but for the purpose of optimization of human resource, financial resources, and time, we shall enjoin ‘Sustainable Effluent Waste Management’ and ‘Appropriate Aforestation’ secondarily because of their similar characteristics and intended end. It will be a process of killing three birds with one stone, and that is how the Participatory Action Research has been designed so that at the end of the whole process we shall have attained our objective number one namely: Securing a Clean and Healthy Environment.
We shall do it in two Rounds: Round One will run from 01/08/2015 up to 31/12/2022 in seven phases, while Round Two will run from 01/01/2023 up to 31/12/2027. The phases of Round Two will be determined at the last phase of round one. Round one with its seven phases will cost us Kenya shillings 600 billion or 6 billion US dollars. A small summary how this amount of funds will be utilized:
60 % will go to six million people at the grassroots environmental groups, each 10 US dollars a month or Kenya shillings 1,000 bob; they will not be given individually but the money will always be deposited in their group accounts, for their various group Social Transformation Agenda.
25 % will go to administrative costs.
15 % will go to income generating projects to make ACO Foundation fully self-sustaining by 2027 December