Mr. Nicholas Kirvi, the administrator of Dynamic College of Professional Studies in Ongata Rongai, gave us space so that we could meet with the vetting committee and some new leaders.
He is a big support to our work and even tells me, “Tony, anytime you need our help, just let us know.” It is amazing to have people support us in that way.
The meetingwas great and I was able to remember and use the skills such as Public Narrative to get people to understand what I am doing. They jumped on board! As the meeting came to an end they all told me that if you need any resources we will provide them for you.
One gentleman, Raphael Mbulu from Ongata Rongai, always pays for my tea when we meet. It is such a kind gesture and to me a community that cares about each other has a dream and I am sure the community will change.
One day as Rose walked to a meeting with a Priest at the Catholic church she met Jane.
Jane is only 15 and is a mother to a 2 year old son. In order to provide for him she collects metal in a large dumping area in Ngong. Jane expressed to Rose how much she longs for an education, which was cut short due to her early pregnancy.
The Ngong community has decided to start an intiative addressing the education issue. Rose is so excited because now when she attends meetings or hosts forums she can think of all of the ‘Janes’ out there that they are working to help.
Over the weekend on Friday and Saturday, May 17-18, 2013. Tatua Kenya hosted their first training for trainers. All five of our organizers and about 8 more young leaders in Kenya attended the event. It was an exciting time to come together and learn and celebrate the way Tatua has grown over the past two years.
One thing Natalie said during the training that really shined light into our work was that, “Tatua is not a formula. It is a belief that the community is the solution and that our work is to expose their power and breathe life into it.”
She went on to say that, “Our role is to create and give people an opportunity to be involved in the work and help them believe and experience that they are capable.”
It was impossible to walk away from the training without feeling inspired and encouraged by what is happening in this country.
If you want to see more photos from the training click here!