Rose Chege a community organizer from Tatua Kenya , has continued to lead the Matasia community towards creating the change they want to see as regards the education of their children. As the Matasia community, they identified the challenge to be poor academic performance caused by lack of food for the children. Most of these people in Matasia are small scale farmers and upper lower class families earning at least a dollar per day. Years back, a feeding program was introduced by Government with support from WFP in the Arid and semi-arid areas (ASALS) and some schools in the slums of major towns in all Kenyan public primary schools. The Government could not sustain the program due to lack of funds; therefore, the program stopped and it was the responsibility of the parents to feed the children. However, this change has created Continue reading “UPDATE: Matasia unites to improve its Children’s education.”
Gabriel Odhiambo(Gabby) is a fellow with Tatua Kenya from Mukuru kwa Njenga running a campaign on child labor and Education. In his community children engage in manual labor at a very tender age at the expense of their education. Their parents also seems to be comfortable with that worrying trend due to the economic hardships of life, this being the primary reason for allowing their children to find work instead of going to school.What Gabby wonders is whether the parents are aware of the consequences of this action. For the last two months, the 2014 Tatua Kenya fellows have been conducting listening projects Continue reading “UPDATE: COMMUNITIES LEADING SOCIAL CHANGE”Letting Children be Children””
Through-out my time as a community organizer I realized that very few people know much of anything about community organizing. Whenever I introduce myself and my work, over 90% of the time, I expect the questions “What does that mean? What is that?”. Very few people understand the term. A while back, I shared about my work with an american friend, Craig. The minute I mentioned community organizing, he immediately referred to me as an Obama. That got me thinking, he is familiar with the term and goes an extra step of giving an example, maybe more people know about what I do than I thought. However, he still asked me the question, what really is community organizing? Well, I answer that question almost everyday.”Community organizing is all about creating sustainable justice based institutions and building local leadership that creates an opportunity for fractured communities to have a uniﬁed voice and the collective power necessary to get the change they want to see.”After trying to help him understand about this term, I realized that despite his minimal exposure, he thought community organizing was just about political mobilization of voters for I don’t know how long. “We have a lot of work to do”, I thought.
All of us at some point have been misunderstood thanks to ignorance or lack of know how. All we can do is educate and hope that our efforts bear fruit. It goes a step further than other people, ourselves. We at times misunderstand the impact our actions have on others and the world. For the next one month we will look over Charity vs Justice as regards to Aid and Mission . What do we understand about these terms. What do you think charity is? or Justice? Are they the same thing or are they totally different? What does this mean for the efforts put in before and in the future to end hunger, homelessness, oppression e.t.c
Liz Njeri- Community Manager Tatua Kenya.
This week Tatua helped launch a team of clergy, students and teachers in the Diocese of Kajiado to “Encourage, organize and mobilize the Kajiado church and community to pull together their resources to improve education and spiritual well bringing in Kajiado. The Diocese of Kajiado is a large Diocese that is just south of Nairobi. It stretches all the way to the Southern border of the country, where Kenya meets Tanzania. The Diocese is diverse, it is home to burgeoning urban cities and rural areas where the Maasai still live in the traditional manner, raising cattle and living nomadically. Over the last four years Tatua has been building a deep friendship with the Diocese, specifically with Bishop Gaddiel. Bishop Gaddiel is really an incredible man, committed to education, equality and partnership within the Anglican Communion. I’m very excited about this project we will be starting together.
The Diocese has recently invested in a school as many of their members struggle to provide education for their children. However, they have learned that the school itself can’t influence the community to value education. Bishop Gaddiel and his leadership team have decided to partner with Tatua to develop a program that cultivates the value of education throughout the Diocese.
Tatua will be coaching, training and supporting a team of priests and teachers at the Diocesan School in the organizing methodology so they can build community based movements across the Diocese that address local and Diocesan education needs. This project will develop the leadership skills of priests in the Diocese, improve education for people in Kajiado as well as build support for the Diocesan School.
What excites you about the project in Kajiado and why? What does real change mean to you?