About us

Who we are

We are a team of change-makers who believe that every helping hand can raise a child and create a better future for them.
SEP as an idea started long before it was registered. The founder and the current Executive Director Dr. Phoebe Oyugi while doing her post graduate studies in South Africa got inspired by a quote by former South African President, the late Nelson Mandela who said that: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Later while undertaking an assignment with the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague Netherlands, Dr. Oyugi who is an international law jurist was struck by the reality of massive disparity between the economic levels in her home country Kenya and in the Netherlands. She started thinking about ways in which this gap could be bridged. Having come from a family of teachers and being a scholarship beneficiary herself, she thought that education was the best way to bridge this gap. Dr Oyugi started mobilizing her personal friends and professional networks in the Netherlands to help support students back in Kenya. She also brought in teachers in Siaya to help identify and support the beneficiaries. And thus, SEP was born!


Dr. Phoebe Oyugi – Executive Director

is an international law jurist who has demonstrated leadership capabilities in academia, civil society, and the criminal justice sector. She is a consultant at the Platform for Research Innovation and Development. In this role, she promotes quality teaching, research, industry linkage, innovation, and community outreach. Phoebe has expertise in international criminal law and is admitted to the list of Assistants to Counsel at the International Criminal Court (ICC). She formed an active part of two defence teams at the ICC in which capacity she drafted motions, reviewed evidence, conducted cutting-edge legal research, and assisted counsel at trial. She is dedicated to using her skills and networks to mobilize resources for community development.

Mr. Onono Cleophas- Head Of Programs

is an NGO Management consultant specializing in Humanitarian and Relief Assistance interventions. He has over 20 years hands on experience in Project Development and Management; Budget management; Monitoring and Evaluation; Community Development; Social Entrepreneurship and Social Research. His key programming areas of expertise include Livelihoods and Food Security, Child Protection, WASH, Education and Health. He is also conversant with mainstreaming Gender, HIV/AIDS, DRR and disability in programming. He is familiar with international donors such as USAID/OFDA; DFID; FCA; Irish Aid; UN; ECHO, Rockefeller Foundation and German Agro Action. He is a socio-economist by profession with work experience in a multinational, multi-racial and multi religious environments both in Kenya and outside Kenya.

Mr.Ronald Ouma – Programmes Coordinator

Mr. Ronald Ouma is the secretary SEP and coordinates various projects under SEP. He is a teacher by profession, a graduate of Maseno University, School of Education in Science. He is a founding member of SEP and has over 18 years working with the youth in and out of School .At school he is in charge of co –curricular activities and a member of Guidance and Counseling team, services which he extends to SEP. He has participated in various programs within the county that promotes children’s rights, life skills, health, helping adolescents make informed decisions in various areas such as financial and economic empowerment. Such programs include those sponsored by National AIDS and STI Control Program (NASCOP)and Safe Water and AIDS project (SWAP) sponsored by Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and Kenya Medical Research Institute (KMRI) among others.

How we work

SEP core mandate comprises of four programmatic areas comprising of:

Academic development​

Skills and Talent development

Entrepreneurship development

Community Service

While implementing the four core programs, SEP takes into consideration cross cutting issues such as:

Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights

Physical, Emotional and Psychological support program and

Environmental management