Reflect :: The Community KNOWS Us

Tony Ngala, an Tatua Organizer working in the Madika neighbourhood of Rongai to get parents to take responsibility for their children’s education, shares about the team’s launch last month and what the outcomes of the event taught him. 

Road in Kware, neighbourhood where Tony works as an organiser.
Road in Kware, neighbourhood where Tony works as an organiser.

Our team held our kick-off event on the 1st of September. The event didn’t go as well as we wanted as only 17 people showed up, this is a representation of the challenge we’re facing in the community to bring people together despite the fact we aren’t going to be giving them funds – a mode typically used to mobilise people in Kware. It was also a reflection on how I as a leader had stopped really being at the centre of the leadership team and was letting them kind of get off track – I need to refocus my energy on bringing them together.

However, despite the loss we were encouraged as the Chief of the area made it a point to support our work. A few leaders in the community didn’t want to open the venue for us unless we paid but Chief Njeri came over and she told the wazee (male leaders) that we are known by the community and we are helping the community so open the venue.

What are other values of being known by the community? How have you built steady relationships with in communities and become known?

Learn :: Strategy is Flexible

Liz Njeri, Tatua Organizer
Liz Njeri, Tatua Organizer

Liz Njeri, Community Organiser with Tatua organising Ngando to get 150 kids back in to school by the use of community resources reflects on how her ideas of strategy and change have changed this year.

“Change is flexible and versatile: what means change today may not mean the same    tomorrow, thus we have to have space to accept that and not be too rigid.”

What do you think about Liz’s ideas on strategy? How have you demonstrated flexibility with change in your work with the community? SHARE!

Tatua Staff Reflections in Sketch

Tatua Staff Reflections in Sketch

Tatua has started spending our Friday mornings together as a staff. We use this time to reconnect and do the needed work of encouragement after a hard week at work. This Friday we shared the joys of our week, expressed gratitude to one another for support received and talked about how to view defeat with eyes of faith. Katherine McQuade Toig captured this sketch of how she saw the meeting – beautiful!