Shifting the Way Aid is Done

We just celebrated having had a successful Global Gathering where we learnt, taught and shared a magnificent experience with other agents of change and participants from Uganda, Amagoro, Meru, Kajiado, Nairobi and Somerset. We also strategized about how we can work together to shift the way aid is done. How do we end the dependency cycle?

Tatua Kenya 2014 Global Gathering participants at a training session in Kajiado.

What is certain is that communities not only  thrive when they have ownership over assets, but also when they are able to “own” their problems and issues. When communities accept that it is “their” problem, then they are more likely to work together to develop a solution that is better than one provided solely by an external “expert”.  We have however, at most times,  resigned to the belief that we can’t, and we have to go around with an empty bowl branded HELP. All we  need is the ability to identify the resources around us {resource mapping} and put them together to create power.  When a community is able to do this together, then they can achieve true independence.

How have you seen dependency in your community? Who do you think is the “expert” and why?

Tatua’s 2014 Global Gathering

Tatua Staff, Nyumba ya Tumaini boys and Trinity Team after a Training on Story.

Join Us

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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