Once a year, the Tatua Fellowship program opens applications to find leaders that are tired of short-term fixes to poverty. This fellowship program not only provides in depth learning of community organizing skills but also offers on ground coaching with experienced community organizers to ensure that you not only learn in class but can also practice it. Tatua Fellows will spend 6 months creating a community-run and lead initiative that engages the wisdom and skills of the community to address poverty, with their own resources. Are you a leader that steps up for sustainable change? Do you believe in the power of your community and want to better involve them? Then apply to be a Tatua fellow.

How to apply

To apply, you will need to fill out an online application form . In addition to basic details and contact information, you’ll need to answer essay questions and provide three references.

Closing date

15th of March 2015

Who should apply?

Tatua Kenya is all about diversity. We look for different applicants than many other leadership-oriented programs. Applicants should be open to new ideas and engaged in their work, have the ability to believe in their community’s power to create change and most importantly have the ability/interest to build capacity in others as well as create change.




“Walking with Tatua Kenya has been a trans-formative journey for me in my heart’s desires and also my mind. This is one of the best choices I ever made. Being a part of a team that is not only concerned about the success of its work or mine but my holistic well being.  Working with my colleagues who are now like family through the relationships we have built  in our reflections, has improved both social and other aspects of my life.

Tatua has been a companion through the learning and application of community organizing skills which has made me view mission and development work differently. To not only solve the challenge but to heal and bring the community together so that they can solve any challenges with the available local resources.

To simply choose to burn your candle in a land filled with darkness rather than a land filled with light.”

Rose – 2013  Tatua Kenya Fellow and Community Organizer.

Fellowship Bronchure

A Beautiful Reflection on Leadership

Growing up as a first born, I was always responsible for my sibling’s well being. I would give a few orders here and there, which would be dutifully followed, perhaps for fear of my dad. My granddad too placed me in charge of all his goats, sheep, and cows. I would decide who would take care of what and when, and for fear of him as well everyone would dance to the tunes. In school I had some small position of responsibility where I could get a few things done and again everything would happen with very little objection.

Then I got into the job market where again I ended up being in a position of authority working with a team directly under my supervision and I had no headache. My instructions were well followed and my seniors would marvel at how I was leading.

What was lost, even to me, was that in all the above situations the followers in the all the cases feared losing or running into a situation that would definitely be unpleasant. My siblings and cousins knew too well the consequences of defying my orders because there was indeed a powerful authority behind my words: Dad and Granddad. In school the last thing my fellow students would have wished for was ending up in front of the disciplinary committee and for my team at work, the thought of losing a job would be too much to handle. For the followers, there were very few options, if any.

But this year, in this community that we organize, I have witnessed real leadership. Trust me, leading the community that has very little, if anything to lose, no father, grandfather, disciplinary committee, or a boss to fear and definitely not a job to lose is a whole different story.

I am, on daily basis, learning the huge difference between managing and leading. Investing in people who can actually wake up in the morning and drop a call just to say, “by the way I am gone,” or worse still just disappear into the thin air, I have learned to stretch my hands to slow walkers with the hope that some day they will walk with my pace and willingly knock on a door and have it slammed in their face, but show up again the following day and gently knock again hoping that this time around things will be different.

I can  confidently say that weather 1,200 children commit to going to school consistently or not I have indeed had a taste of what it feels like to really lead in a real world.

Cheers to all leaders I salute you. You are incredible!

Jacob, along with members of the leadership team in Ngong.
Jacob, along with members of the leadership team in Ngong.

-Jacob Okumu, Tatua Community Organizer