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””
Read the Year End Summary of Organizing Fellows, Tony Ngala and James Njoroge. James and Tony are running a campaign in Kanyerere to mobilize parents involvement in their children’s education. Part 1 Found Here.
The truth is all this activities happening in this sub-location and its neighborhoods are really helpful and indeed they have helped many people in the community but having a look at the community, it’s still the same, same challenges same cycle being repeated over and over, the community continues to drawn in the ocean of dependency and strongly believe they need someone to come and fix their problems for them, they actually cannot do it because they do not have the resources, Money, skills and Support.
Organizers get into the community and have one on ones with different people in Kanyerere all getting their views on how they see child poverty in Kanyerere and the stories they share are heart breaking. We met parents one on one shared our experiences, build relationships and called community info session, all having conversation to get to the root cause of all these challenges our children are facing.
From our work in the community it is evident that the community knows its challenges better and knows how what needs to be done in order to get to the change they want to see, there the idea of bringing projects in the community does not work out as compared to getting the community together although the process of identifying the challenge, developing leaders who are chosen by the community and lastly coming up with an initiative that addresses child poverty.
Great News! Rose Chege, Organizing Fellow with Tatua Kenya just got a very exciting phone call From Josephat the head teacher at Matasia Primary School. The school just received their KCPE marks and the average score raised from last year. He was sure that the increase was a result of Tatua’s Campaign to improve relationships between teachers and parents. We are so excited.
in Kenya, the KCPE result is a score that evaluates your overall primary school learning and directly affects where you attend Secondary School. This increase in access to secondary education for the students will impact the well being of the entire town.
We are celebrating the immediate benefits of our work and looking forward to seeing how these students are going to raise the standards for those to come in the future. Just another example how community based change extends far past an individual.
James Njoroge, Tatua Community Organising Fellow in Mandika, updates us on the hope forming around the the campaign in Mandika to get parents to take responsibility for their kids going to school.
Mary Onyanfo says since she moved in Mandika she has known that there have been two girls who have been left by their parents and are living with the grandparents. The grandparents are not taking the girls to school and that has been hurting her and when I told her about our campaign she is happy because she is at least going to help the kids though the involvement of the community.
Follow this link to vote Natalie Finstad for Most Valuable Organiser in 2013 — http://rootscamp.neworganizing.com/awards/2013/mvo/entry/natalie-finstad/