Reflect :: A Growing Organization

Sarah Welch, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Tatua Kenya reflects on how the organisation has grown over the last two years.

Watching an organization grow internally is like watching a child grow up. Every year, new things appear, and learning happens at an even more rapid pace with every month. Our planning process last year began in November with our annual board retreat, the main focus being going through the line item budget and figuring out how to cut it down by half. This year, in October, we already have proposals for our 2014 focus areas, budget, income plan, measurement system!

However, the greatest growth I see in our organization is the ability to include more and more of our staff into this planning process. Initially, Natalie and I sat in my parents dining room, in California!, building a vision from our heads. Then we moved here and for many months Natalie, Ken and I met in a variety of cafes and apartments planning together. This year, we meet in our own office space in teams of 5 to plan the different aspects of the organizations focus, involving our full and growing 12 person staff.

I can feel the ground beneath our feet settling deeper and deeper. I can feel myself let go, relax and trust that together we will find the right way. I can only imagine what next year will bring!

Sarah leads a team meeting to develop strong tools to measure Tatua’s work.

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