“We are not here to compete with one another but to complete one another“.When I think about this sentence, it draws me back to Tatua’s values, community to be precise. The staff at Tatua reflected on the subject and thus will be sharing their thoughts in the next few weeks.
I look at the community as the building blocks of the world, just as the cell is the fundamental unit of an organism. Apart from it been a group of people governed by same norms, I believe it goes beyond that, to how we relate to each other. I must admit that our communities have everything it takes to make this world a better place. We have the skills, knowhow and power to turn this world around. All we need is to simply speak in one language and understand each other. It saddens me to admit that our communities view each other as potential threats, we do not want to work together. Every day we lose our value, intrinsic value. I want to thank Tatua Kenya for enabling to see and appreciate everybody in the world. Everybody has the capacity for good, and through our campaigns in the community people get to work together . We believe we need relationships for change.
Tony Ngala (Lead community organizer- Kanyerere)
What values does your community believe in and why? What community are you a part of?
Tatua was connected to Mankama’s Blog, Development for Development, through one of our linkedin.com groups. Mankama and Tatua share the same commitment to developing a country rather than changing an individual and to shifting development to a culture of choice rather than charity.
Mankama writes powerfully about the changes needed in the development structure in Ghana, his home in West Africa. We see the same need to SLOW down, listen and hear what is being said underneath the words. We wanted to share some of his thoughts. Mankama is on staff at Clash International.
From a very young age I learned that when you hear the three letters: N, G, O, it means someone is coming to give you something. Maybe a mosquito net, a community tractor, or a t-shirt. I came to learn how outsiders defined our underdevelopment as if I read it in a text book. Later, when I actually read it in a text book, I couldn’t help but laugh. If someone from outside asked, “How can we help?” or, “What problems do you see in your community?” Any one of my neighbors would recite as if reading from some shared list: malaria, water, fertile land, electricity, etc. However, if I were to ask any of my neighbors these same questions, I wouldn’t receive any of these responses. And in that discrepancy lies much of what plagues development initiatives today.