Rose Chege, Tatua Community Organizer in Ngong, reflects on a leadership team meeting.
In Ngong we have been facing a challenge in that the Leadership Team wants to act quickly to get resources donated from the government or other people to solve the problem of getting kids back into school. Jacob and I are trying to remind them about the larger goal. I felt successful at the latest team meeting when we talked about why we were doing this work.
The whole team has a clear picture of why we are running this campaign, not to improve education for 1,200 Kids but to do this keeping in mind that our long-term goal is to heal and bring the community together so that they can solve any problems with available resources that are around and within them.
Tony Ngala, Tatua Community Organizer in Rongai, shares about his experience in Mindika.
James and I have been spending time developing a deeper understanding of the community dynamics in Mindika, the community in which we are working. In doing this I’ve begun to understand the relationship between parents and teachers, it is not very good, neither side thinks the other really cares. The person who really suffers here is the child, in this setting even they have stopped caring about their own education.
We’ve begun healing this dynamic by getting a few parents to start thinking about working with the teachers because of their shared value of seeing the kids succeed. Getting this commitment takes time. I had nine 1:1’s this week with parents and identified a few of them who would be leaders with me in this work of coming together.
Tony Ngala, as usual, smiling and keeping Tatua going!
David Oyaga, Tatua Community Organizer in Ngando, reflect on what he’s learned about setting goals.
One of the biggest struggles I see in small community based organizations is an inability to set clear goals in their work. This means that they don’t know when they are successful. As a community organizer I am working to help our Leadership Team in Ngango focus on our clear goal of setting up a cell groups to identify ways the local community can work together so that kids to get back into school this year.
On the 18th of September Tatua Kenya hosted a training for COGRI alumni at Nyumbani Children’s Home. James Njoroge, one of Tatua Kenya’s Community Organizers, demonstrated Story of Now. He talked about the importance of youth stepping into leadership in Kenya.
James said, “I celebrate the way we had the training at Nyumbani, it was a good training because they participants wanted to learn more.”
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