In Memoriam: Katherine Mcquade-Toig

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”

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Reflections on Change

Reflection is a key practice at Tatua Kenya. It has for a long time provided a free space to share as well as invite others to create the sacred community that we want to see. One filled with enough grace to offer/ ask for help when we fail and cannot do it on our own. One where our value is not dictated solely on society’s norms but by the intrinsic value that each one of us has. One where we are allowed to be vulnerable for from it, we gather strength. For the past week we have been reflecting on transformation through change. This is what Rose Chege (Learning and Content Manager)shared……
“All of us experience change in our lives.
Change is the one constant in our lives.
There are changes that we look forward to and change that we fear.
However, one thing is for sure.
Things will not stay the same no matter how much we would like them to.

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UPDATE: COMMUNITIES LEADING SOCIAL CHANGE

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 communityTatua 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.

Dumpsite at Mukuru kwa Njenga's boundary with Mukuru kwa Reuben and Lunga Lunga slums
Dumpsite at Mukuru kwa Njenga’s boundary with Mukuru kwa Reuben and Lunga Lunga slums

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RAISING THE BAR TOWARDS JUSTICE WORK

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”