A Reflection on Tatua Fellowship Program
“[People here are] hoping again that they too have what it takes to bring about change in their communities…”
A word from Kenneth Chomba, Executive Director of Tatua
2017 has been the toughest and most testing year for Kenyans, the fabric that holds us together as Nation is torn by the strenuous political competition that has seen Kenyan communities turning against each other . For a very long time, Kenyan citizens have left development work in the hands of the government and external players who have in turn treated them as beneficiaries and not equal partners. As a result, Kenyans have experienced perennial disappointment with successive government’s failure to meet their over expectations. This situation has left many Kenyans helpless, dependent, and frustrated.
Community Organizing has never been as important in Kenya as in this times. It has been the hope in the face of disappointment, as through Tatua Fellowship we have seen communities that consist of people from different ethnic groups, religious affiliation and economic backgrounds, joining hands and working together, seeing and bringing the best out of each other. But most of all hoping again that they too have what it takes to bring about change in their communities and that they can be equal partners with the government and other organizations, and not just beneficiaries.
Tatua Fellowship is a program that equips community leaders with people engagement and leadership skills to organize their own communities to come together, build relationship, mobilize their resources and lead social change. Every year, Tatua works with 15 Fellows (Community Leaders) and their communities, training and coaching them through their campaigns on the issue that is a priority to them.
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