This is Rose from Tatua Kenya, lead organizer in Matasia, I’m writing with an update about the garden project that the community has started to feed the children in Matasia as well as raise funds for education.
We are continuing to build the garden but are having a bit of trouble building it to the size we want as it come to our realization that the gardens are already being leased to people in the community. We are working on an agreement process that may require longer than the community initially thought. In the meantime the community is using another tactic( starting a feeding program in the school). It’s exciting to notice the motivation of the people to help the children. Raphael, one of the parents said, “”hatuwezi kaa nakungoja mpaka shamba zirudishwe shuleni,ndio tusuluhishe hili swala” “We can’t just sit and wait until the garden issue is to be resolved.”
The Matasia community is starting a feeding program that entails parents contributing about 20 Kenya shillings everyday,which is enough to feed 650 kids. We are developing ways for the leaders to collect the money and account for it. As I look around this community I see many people putting effort to make this work easier from contribution of meeting space to time to attend different meetings. this might not seem like a big deal but usually people get paid to go to meetings for charity so it is a big change in our community.
The chairman of one of the neighborhoods told me recently, “If we had known about this earlier we could have solved a lot of challenges in this community.” He says this with a lot of pain, as for a long time he was the one who carried all the burdens of the area alone, which has been a frustrating experience. I receive stories like these, of inspiration and hope almost everyday in this community and I’m thankful to be working on this project to improve education for 1,000’s of children in the Ngong area.