What we have done for ourselves alone die with us; what we have done for others and the world remains…immortal.Tatua and the world have lost a great woman in the past week, beautiful both inside and out. Last year, a time like this, Tatua Kenya had the honour of hosting Katherine Mcquade-Toig. She began a blog http://iseeafrica2013.blogspot.com/ to capture her experience. She wanted to run a campaign on health here in Kenya and had her heart out for the Community Health Workers (CHWs)in the slums. Here’s an excerpt from her blog, that challenges all of us to do better. Even in her passing on, she will continue to challenge us with the passion she had in creating a just world. Continue reading “In Memoriam: Katherine Mcquade-Toig”
Traditionally, community development work has been left to institutions. The community members have resigned themselves as the beneficiaries and not as active players in projects addressing their own challenges. This has led to these institutions, the government included, starting initiatives that are either not relevant to the community or sustainable. This is mainly because they are not owned by the community. Tatua Kenya’s fellowship program is creating an opportunity for community leaders to learn and apply community engagement methodology in their communities. The leaders through constant coaching by Tatua staff work with the community to create a structure that allows the community to create social change.
In business, the market development approach demands that an organization develop strong market systems in communities so as to increase its income and productivity. An interesting factor of this approach is the local participatory economic development. It encourages collaboration and project ownership by all acting entities within an economic market(community as a whole), i.e. government, the private sector, civil society and the local community. Majority of the time, what separates the corporate from the non-profit organizations is that one is geared towards maximizing profit while the other towards social value, respectively. However, something both worlds have in common is the connection with people: thousands of us feel the twinge of guilt as we pass by a person sleeping on the side of the street. But here is the reality, you can’t bring help and justice to the poor if you don’t know them. Continue reading “RAISING THE BAR TOWARDS JUSTICE WORK”