Tips for Tatua :: Single Vision

Jacob Okumu, Tatua Organiser shares his thoughts on the importance of keeping a single vision. 

Rose Chege, Tatua Organizer, speaks to 150 people who attended the launch of the Ngong Campaign.
Rose Chege, Tatua Organizer, speaks to 150 people who attended the launch of the Ngong Campaign.

We have been working to form cell groups of parents that will come together with the purpose of discussing the importance of education and the goal of getting 40 kids back to school. Building these cells has been a challenging process, some members have been primarily focused on getting numbers so they went out to recruit already established community self-help groups to our work. They thought we could reconstruct them to focus on our community cell groups.

However, I’ve noticed a challenge of convincing the already established group with their own vision to adopt our goal. It is so important to have one vision, one core shared purpose that brings your team together if you are to be successful. Thankfully we have been able to either rebuild some of them or bring over some team members and form new groups, here is a photo from our recent launch in which 150 people turned out. Everyone who attended committed to joining a cell groups focused on education and getting four kids to back to school.

Natalie Finstad, Executive Director of Tatua Kenya, visits the Ngong Campaign Launch.
Natalie Finstad, Executive Director of Tatua Kenya, visits the Ngong Campaign Launch.

Do you agree with Jacob’s assessment on the importance of a single vision? Have you ever had a challenge with keeping your group focused on one single purpose? How did you respond in that challenge? 

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