At Tatua the value for human dignity and intrinsic value is very important to us for the specific reason that we are all born with different abilities. Everyone is important and of value. James reminded me of this value on his reflection on community.
When i hear of the word community I think of people who have come together and have a set of agreed norms or guidelines on how they will all commit to live by. They also hold each other accountable.
My vision of the kind of a community I want to be a part of is one where people are treated equally and justice is at the core of its values .
In my the community most of the values I would want to see lived into, have all been broken. One that causes me hurt involves the way people are treated due to the colour of their skin or where they come from instead of who they are in the inside. This as a result causes injustices in form of corruption and all kinds of evil.
James Njoroge, Tatua Kenya community organizer.
What values in your community are threatened and why? When have you felt not valued for who you are in the inside?
“We are not here to compete with one another but to complete one another“.When I think about this sentence, it draws me back to Tatua’s values, community to be precise. The staff at Tatua reflected on the subject and thus will be sharing their thoughts in the next few weeks.
I look at the community as the building blocks of the world, just as the cell is the fundamental unit of an organism. Apart from it been a group of people governed by same norms, I believe it goes beyond that, to how we relate to each other. I must admit that our communities have everything it takes to make this world a better place. We have the skills, knowhow and power to turn this world around. All we need is to simply speak in one language and understand each other. It saddens me to admit that our communities view each other as potential threats, we do not want to work together. Every day we lose our value, intrinsic value. I want to thank Tatua Kenya for enabling to see and appreciate everybody in the world. Everybody has the capacity for good, and through our campaigns in the community people get to work together . We believe we need relationships for change.
Tony Ngala (Lead community organizer- Kanyerere)
What values does your community believe in and why? What community are you a part of?
Tatua Kenya envisions a society where communities effectively lead social change. We build community driven movements throughout Africa by training civil and humanitarian leaders in a transformational community engagement model. Through Tatua’s Leadership communities have planted community gardens, improved access to education for children, negotiated fair schooling costs, started mentorship programs for orphaned children and enrolled over 3,500 Kenyan activists in programs that work to create justice.
We are increasingly aware of the need to build partnerships with other leaders in the international development field who desire an innovative and bold way of being present to the needs of the global community. The Global Gathering is a place for the global community to gather, build relationships and begin partnerships that promote justice and dignity in our world.
What To Expect
Learn core components of Tatua’s community engagement model through visits to current Tatua Kenya projects, attending workshops and participating in small group activities to gain understanding of community organizing, and other transformational practices.
Develop a deeper understanding of how to transform relationships with in your work.
Attend focus groups to discuss specific program components (peace and reconciliation, education, government accountability, the arts in justice work).
Individual coaching sessions from Tatua Kenya staff to develop tangible action plans about how this model can be applied in your current or future work.
Relationship building and group fellowship activities led by participants and Tatua Kenya Staff to deepen connections with others invested in this work.
Join a new vision for the future where communities effectively lead social change!
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Liz Njeri, is a community organizer who has been working with Tatua Kenya since its inception. Liz will be reporting to us about community views in Kenya, local challenges, local success stories, and local stories of change! Ask about community work in Kenya, and Liz will find the answers! Here’s her introduction:
(Liz in action at a community forum)
Like many of you, I consider certain traditions to have so much meaning and significance in our lives that we hope time never surpasses them. Some of these traditions, we found already in practice and carried them on. Others we became pioneers of, with the hope that those born after us also carry them on.
As a community organizer, building relationships in communities based on trust, respect for human dignity and shared values has become my tradition. It is so significant to me that I not only hope it is forever carried on but also willing to do all I can to ensure its continuity. I would like you to consider this blog as an invitation to share in my experiences and those of others in this work as you also help create new traditions through your questions and feedback. My hope is that we can build yet another community here that is not afraid to express and share their thoughts nor participate and get involved in the revolution of change.
I will write to you from the local view in Kenya as regards to building strong communities, and answering key questions about community participation in Kenya, as well as views from the community on development. If you have ever wondered how to find out about the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) meetings in your local area or what local communities in Kenya really think of the AID work, ask here, and I will find the answers. Send me on assignment to answer your questions or curiosities about community work here in Kenya.
How we begin is always a significant part of any process. It is for this reason that I decided to do this introductory in the form of a letter. It is a tradition I choose to keep in exceptional moments and this happens to be one of those moments. Just as I would most probably conclude in any other letter, hope to hear from you soon. Share your thoughts as I also share mine with you.
PS: It’s not just about building relationships, but also sustaining them.