“We were following a beacon of light that seemed so far away,but now it’s getting closer with every coming day. Let’s join hands and hold the hands of these parents so that they too may see the challenge and the urgency.”
– Zulpha, a cell member in Magumoine, Bulbul Community
Bulbul community currently holds seven cells. They are meeting every Saturday until we launch the campaign in August. There will be a big kick-off event that will bring all seven cells together. Check back next month for updates after the event.
“Who would have thought that we would go this far? We are getting even deeper into the community!”
Jimmy, a community member, said this during the cell alignment process. Seven cells were aligned according to where people live throughout Ngong. The reason for this alignment was to ensure that people don’t have to walk long distances when going for cell meetings.
This is just another part of the process that shows the community truly working together!
Just beng a normal girl in the village of Kware in Ongata Rongai, I did not know what direction my life would take after I cleared my high school. Joining an organization that worked on the ground already seemed like the perfect way to at least help my community.
During primary and high school I would go out into the communtiy to sensitize about HIV/AIDS. Every time I would go out into the community and distribute sanitary towels to the girls I was asked for more than I was offering, sometimes food or clothing and it killed me inside knowing I did not have the power to solve all of the problems.
Tatua has been my hope and my inspiration. I love my work in the Ngong community helping them see that they are the solution to their issues.
When I see Mr. Solomon or Pastor Florence volunteer to give bus fare for people who could not get themselves to the leader’s training, I am thrilled about what the community can do when they come together.
Tatua has made me the leader I am today. I can now talk in big forums and tell them confidently there is an answer to their problems when they come together. I have learned to embrace each challenge knowing that I have a solution. Being a leader in not just being that person that calls the shots, but enables others to achieve purpose in the face of uncertainty.
-Rose Chege, Community Organizer in Ngong
Throughout the process of community organizing we talk about relationship building. We all know that it is a crucial step, but it is so amazing when we get to see it go to a deeper level.
First you have to establish a connection and begin to foster that relationship. For Rose and Jacob in Ngong their new relationships are now deeper than just their work.
One of their leaders, Moses, called Jacob the other day not to talk about work, but to geniuinely see how he was doing. He asked about family and health.
Judith, another leader, texted Rose to wish her a good day. Jacob and Rose feel loved and taken care of by the community.
How much easier is it to work when you feel taken care of and looked after by the people you work with?