Update: Leadership Teams Come Together for Celebration and Reflection

Our 2013 Leadership Teams came together to celebrate their work in their communities and to reflect on the next steps for their strategies in the campaigns.

Kenneth Chomba, Tatua Kenya Co-Founder and Field Manager, nominated Natalie for NOI’s Most Valuable Organiser. Read what Ken has to say about Natalie below and then vote for for her work with Tatua by clicking on the link and “liking” the page.

VOTE HERE: http://rootscamp.neworganizing.com/awards/2013/mvo/entry/natalie-finstad/

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VOTE! Natalie’s Respect earns Nomination for NOI’s Most Valuable Organiser in 2013

Kenneth Chomba, Tatua Kenya Co-Founder and Field Manager, nominated Natalie for NOI’s Most Valuable Organiser. Read what Ken has to say about Natalie below and then vote for for her work with Tatua by clicking on the link and “liking” the page.

VOTE HERE: http://rootscamp.neworganizing.com/awards/2013/mvo/entry/natalie-finstad/

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Natalie watching the Ngong Team lead a launch event.

How the nominee exhibited respect
Natalie developed weekly reflection sessions for the organization staff (13 staff members) and this is usually used as space for reflecting on our work. One month ago, James one of the organizers was asked to reflect on how he has seen himself holding/taking responsibility for the success of other people and how he handles it. I remember James swallowing his voice, his voice slowly fading and i couldn’t tell what was happening. James broke down and spoke painfully on how he was having a hard time with his family. He was carrying the burden of helping out everyone and no one was coming to take care of him. They assumed he was strong since he helped everyone else figure out their problems. The rest of the staff at the reflection session gave a silence. They gave him time to reflect with himself. It was a sort of healing process for him. No one counseled him as usually will happen in many settings but we choose to let it go in his honour and some one would talk to him through it without set up. I now feel that everyone respects that space and i am able to share more personal challenges that am going through because no one will judge me.

VOTE HERE: http://rootscamp.neworganizing.com/awards/2013/mvo/entry/natalie-finstad/

Update :: Hope in Mandika

James Njoroge, Tatua Community Organising Fellow in Mandika, updates us on the hope forming around the the campaign in Mandika to get parents to take responsibility for their kids going to school.

Mary Onyanfo says since she moved in Mandika she has known that there have been two girls who have been left by their parents and are living with the grandparents. The grandparents are not taking the girls to school and that has been hurting her and when I told her about our campaign she is happy because she is at least going to help the kids though the involvement of the community.

Follow this link to vote Natalie Finstad for Most Valuable Organiser in 2013 — http://rootscamp.neworganizing.com/awards/2013/mvo/entry/natalie-finstad/

Reflection :: Candles of Hope

Tony Ngala, Tatua Community Organising Fellow in Madika, reflects on the relationship between taking agency and interdependence. Tony is leading a campaign in Madika to get parents to take responsibility for their kids going to school.

I spend my time listening to parents, teachers and individuals talking about challenges facing the children. While we don’t shout or yell at each other we take the time to dig down to but bottom of this challenge of poor education that is threatening the next generation, our children. ┬áDuring this conversation key stakeholders get mentioned and blamed for their role in the process. These accusations extinguish the little light of hope that we each have that something could change. It is my work to light more candles by offering visions of how we could change this together and giving people a role to play in the process. In fact, I don’t lose anything by lighting these candles, I gain something, I am an organizer.