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.
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.
Different people have a different understanding of what poverty is: lack of basic needs and necessities to survive, poverty of the mind- on grounds of how they think about themselves and lack of knowledge and understanding of what’s around them, living in the slum etc. All seem similar but quite different. On the other hand, the same applies to the solutions. How do we end poverty, make it history? Different approaches, strategies and ideas exist. The good news is, a significant number of people are really trying to create change and solutions to poverty. The bad news is, though some have succeeded, most have failed. Lasting change is a process and the answers are deeply rooted in those most affected. That is why building relationship[s and involving the communities we work in is important. Community Organizing! To end poverty, we must re-think it, ask difficult questions on why it exists and be willing to work on the root causes . Natalie Finstad, co-founded of Tatua Kenya talks about community as the path to the future and as a way to developing sustainable and just solutions to poverty on Natalie’s TEDex
How can we begin to examine the identities that we are assigning to people based on where they come from, their neighbourhoods etc?
How do we begin to engage in meaningful relationships with others?
Liz Njeri- Tatua Kenya community manager
Being an organizer takes a keen awareness of where energy exists and moving on that energy. It means seeing how a community works, what resources it has, what its needs are and helping match already present resources to existing needs. It’s about helping people see that they already have the answers to the problems they want some one else to solve. It’s looking at the community with a different sense of eyes.
The job isn’t about me or you doing everything. It’s about the community doing everything or at least as much as we can do together. This isn’t always the easiest thing to ensure. People often want you to do everything (I often want to do everything) but if we (me or you) do everything it leaves a lot of time and a little responsibility on everyone else’s plate. The truth is, we ALL have something to give to this world. This is our home and the other people living here are our community members, our neighbors and it’s time we act like it.
We may be thousands of miles apart or living in drastically different place but deep down, we’re all in this together, that’s the truth. And, to see change, we’re going to need to start living by that truth.
Helping you realize that truth, helping me realize that truth, helping the global community realize that truth – that’s my job as a community organizer.
Rose Chege a community organizer from Tatua Kenya , has continued to lead the Matasia community towards creating the change they want to see as regards the education of their children. As the Matasia community, they identified the challenge to be poor academic performance caused by lack of food for the children. Most of these people in Matasia are small scale farmers and upper lower class families earning at least a dollar per day. Years back, a feeding program was introduced by Government with support from WFP in the Arid and semi-arid areas (ASALS) and some schools in the slums of major towns in all Kenyan public primary schools. The Government could not sustain the program due to lack of funds; therefore, the program stopped and it was the responsibility of the parents to feed the children. However, this change has created Continue reading “UPDATE: Matasia unites to improve its Children’s education.”