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Educate Jane plus 1000's more with Tatua Kenya

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Educate Jane plus 1000's more with Tatua Kenya
Educate Jane plus 1000's more with Tatua Kenya
Educate Jane plus 1000's more with Tatua Kenya
Educate Jane plus 1000's more with Tatua Kenya
Educate Jane plus 1000's more with Tatua Kenya
Educate Jane plus 1000's more with Tatua Kenya
Educate Jane plus 1000's more with Tatua Kenya
Educate Jane plus 1000's more with Tatua Kenya
Educate Jane plus 1000's more with Tatua Kenya
Educate Jane plus 1000's more with Tatua Kenya
Educate Jane plus 1000's more with Tatua Kenya
Educate Jane plus 1000's more with Tatua Kenya
Educate Jane plus 1000's more with Tatua Kenya
small group discussion at community forum
small group discussion at community forum

At the beginning of the campaign, there was a leadership team that had not received any training yet on Community Organizing. Tatua Kenya supplemented the need for the leaders to have the skills on community organizing by constant coaching and provision of training support throughout the campaign. During the first community Forum the community decided that the children were not performing well in their education because they were not getting enough food during school hours and or at home, therefore could not concentrate in class. They also decided to tackle this challenge by starting a feeding program at the Matasia primary school and stretching to other schools within Matasia area.

After months of persistently and successfully strategizing on getting  the feeding program running, the team of seven working with their community also began "Boresha Elimu- Education committee". This committee’s purpose was to work with the teachers to monitor the performance within the academic subject (mathematics, English, Kiswahili, social studies and science). This committee upon evaluating their campaign soon realized that though the result as per pupils’ performance had improved. This has been a win for the Matasia community as it means progress. However, performance on some subjects (specific teachers are in charge of) have either stagnated or dropped thus affecting the overall mean score of the school.

The Leadership team and the Boresha Elimu- Education committee are now working to mobilize the community mainly the parents, alumni, local education authority and local government authority to take action as per teachers that seem inefficient. Tatua is coaching the team towards taking an action that allows everyone to experience change rather than extinction in line as is in Tatua’s belief in transformational change. Teachers that are considered inefficient are given the opportunity to improve and experience the change with them as opposed to radical action to just get rid of them. As schools close for the April holiday, we have an opportunity to strategize, get more people to join the Matasia campaign and re-energize.

Thank you for all the support that you have given us as this amazing work would not be able to happen without you. Also a big thank you for those of you that have written to us with your thoughts, we greatly appreciate it. Looking forward to giving you an update on the progress of the campaign in a few months. Asante Sana! (Thank you very much).

Volunteers with organizer after training
Volunteers with organizer after training

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Rose presents "Boresha Elimu" at the LCN gathering
Rose presents "Boresha Elimu" at the LCN gathering

As 2014 has ended, we want to say thank you for another incredible year. We’re so inspired by you, our amazing supporters who believe in the mission of Tatua and help us to be the change we want to see. Because of you, the  “Boresha Elimu”(Improve Education) Campaign is possible. We are glad to let you know that this campaign was featured in the 2014 Leading change network global gathering that brought together organizers from around the world to learn more about campaigns from around the globe directly from the organizers, themselves  through reflection, discussion, and Q&A. This campaign is geared towards addressing  the poor academic performance in Enomatasia primary school as well as the poor relationship between the teachers and parents.

Before closing school for the holidays in November 2014, 90 parents together with teachers of Matasia met as a step to plan and act to create change. The major cause being lack of food thus low concentration in class was agreed to be the urgent challenge. Parents are pledged to donate 260 KGs of dry food stuff to feed the 634 children in Enomatasia Primary school beginning January 2015. Olesurutia and Kimara primary schools have also shared their interest to do the same thus increasing the number of children to over 2000. The parents and teachers hope to have regular meetings geared towards creating transformational relationships based on trust and mutual respect between them. As school re-open this month and as is a new year also comes with new beginnings. As the children move on to the next class so will the community in Matasia move to the next stage of the campaign, which is ACTION. Looking forward to giving you updates on the campaign as we kick off this year.

Looking forward to giving you updates on the campaign as we kick off this year. Happy New Year 2015 and thank you for joining our movement to reach out to those in need and provide resources for a better future. Please do share your thoughts with us. What do you think about the campaign? What message do you have for the Tatua Kenya team? What message do you have for the parents, teachers and children of Matasia?

Part of Tatua
Part of Tatua's 2014 team

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First and foremost, thank you for choosing to support Tatua Kenya. As promised, we continue to send you an update on the progress of this project. Rose Chege 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 a misunderstanding between the teachers and parents( the teachers ask the parents to provide food but the parents still believe the government is supposed to provide it). There are two government primary schools in Matasia, Enomatasia and olesurutia each with a population of over 600 pupils. The academic performance in both schools is poor as most children come to school on an empty belly which directly affects their concentration in studies. The relationship between the teachers and parents has been no different.


Having collectively witnessed this challenge, Rose Chege a community organizer from Tatua Kenya brought the parents of Matasia together to form the “Boresha Elimu”(Improve Education) Campaign. This campaign is geared towards addressing these two inter-related challenges. Parents have also formed the “Boresha Elimu” subjects committee. It constitutes 3 parents per subject in all the 6 subjects offered in primary school, i.e Mathematics, English, Kiswahili, Social studies, Christian Religious Education and Science. This committee will meet with the teachers and discuss the academic progress regularly.
This month, a meeting held in Enomatasia primary school 90 parents stand up and say, “we have left all the work to the teachers, it’s time we own education in Matasia because it’s our children who suffer”. This regular meeting of parents and teachers is geared towards creating transformational relationships based on trust and mutual respect between the teachers and parents. Parents are pledging to donate 260 KG dry food stuff to feed the 634 children in Enomatasia Primary school. Purity Mbugua, a parent and leadership team/committee member talks about the program and meeting in THIS VIDEO


Now Other Schools want to do it the Matasia way.
The Project Leadership Team plans the same magnitude of community to support Olesurutia and Kimara primary schools. This will involve forming of leadership teams in these 2 other schools. Jacob (Tatua’s Campaigns manager) received a call from Kimara primary school requesting for the same. Rose reflects" I walk into Matasia with great joy as I remember how this work began and sees how much impact it is creating. It is amazing."
These three schools have a population of over 2000 children. Your support is enabling us to involve more people and impact more children…more than 800 above the initial aim of 1200 children. It has also created an opportunity for the Matasia community to come together as well as involve others interested in justice work in order to mobilize their resources and address their own challenges. Like Nelson Mandela would say, “education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world” so thanks so much for helping to make a huge difference in Jane and Purity’s lives, in the 2000+ children and community as a whole .Thank you for supporting this cause, for standing up for global change! Share this with friends and let’s celebrate this achievement together.

Parents in Meeting at Matasia
Parents in Meeting at Matasia
Parents in Meeting at Matasia
Parents in Meeting at Matasia
Purity Mbugua at the Matasia school meeting
Purity Mbugua at the Matasia school meeting
Jacob Okumu addressing Parents in Matasia
Jacob Okumu addressing Parents in Matasia

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This is Rose from Tatua Kenya, lead organizer in Matasia, I’m writing with an update about the garden project that the community has started to feed the children in Matassia as well as raise funds for education.

We are continuing to build the garden but are having a bit of trouble building it to the size we want as it come to our realization that the gardens are already being leased to people in the community. We are working on an agreement process that may require longer than the community initially thought. In the meantime the community is using has decided to another tactic (starting a feeding program in the school). It’s exciting to notice the motivation of the people to help the children. Raphael, one of the parents said, “”hatuwezi kaa nakungoja mpaka shamba zirudishwe shuleni,ndio tusuluhishe hili swala” “We can’t just sit and wait until the garden issue is to be resolved.”

The Matasia community is starting a feeding program that entails parents contributing about 20Ksh every day, which is enough to feed that is feeding at-most 650 kids. To this point we are developing ways for the leaders collect the money and account for itis what is being put in place. As I look around this community I see many people putting effortsto make this work easier from contribution of meeting places to time to attend different meeting. This might not seem like a big deal but usually people get paid to go to meetings for charity so it is a big change in our community.

The chairman of one of the neighborhoods told me recently, “If we had known about this ealier we could have solved a lot of challenges in this community.” He says this with a lot of pain, as for a long time he was the one who carried all the burdens of the area alone, which has been a frustrating experience. I receive stories of inspiration and hope like this almost every day in this community and I’m thankful to be working on this project to improve education for 1,000’s of children in the Ngong area.

Women at a Mattassia Event Before Gardening
Women at a Mattassia Event Before Gardening

It has been a while since the last report and I bet you are all wondering how the work in Ngong is fairing. A year now since the project began and a lot of things have come out of it. Jacob, Rose’s co-organizer in Ngong said that in the last year, “Long held beliefs and values have had to be broken to some of the Ngong people. Community’s culture of dependency being one of them. Parents believed that they could not do anything to change their current situations and Tatua Kenya just had to do it for them, all they had to do was to bring their kids to the program and wait. But over the last year, we have seen over 300 parents commit to community parents group and finding solution to this challenge.” It’s been really wonderful to witness.

Early last year, Rose and Jacob intended to address the issue with one campaign. However, through their work with the community they have come to understand the larger Ngong community (which consists of Bulbul, Matasia and Ngong-town) even better. The campaign in all three regions began as one, with one strategy and one team of leaders drawn from the three regions. Through the campaign the community has realized that for long-term sustainability they have to treat the three regions differently as they are very different.

Matasia has a rural setting and children in the area go to school but perform dismally because of shortage of food. In Matasia where school performance is low (most of the children spending the day on empty bellies thus lack of concentration in class), the community has set up a leadership team of 6 that is already working with Rose to draw up a strategy in order to put up mechanisms that are sustainable in solving this challenge, such as a community food bank. This food bank will provide food for children at schools. In the last three months 140 community members have begun to participate and commit to see this happen.

Bulbul is more of a slum and most of the parents are caught up in the process of making ends meet so much that they have forgotten some of their key responsibilities. Next Saturday there will be a forum with the community leaders about parenting and the importance of education.

The third region, Ngong-town is that of a growing town, it faces parental issues among other challenges that come with a growing town. Ngong town leaders have built a system of community accountability for getting kids to school and are now are collecting the data so they may show the parents the great work that they have done together to get 20 children spots in schools. 

AT times this work can be slower than we've expected but one thing’s for sure life-giving and amazing work is surely happening, thanks to your support to Tatua Kenya which goes a long way in turning our hope of a better world to action and a reality, so “asante” (thank you in Swahili). Changing status quo is not easy but this work has taught us that it can be done.

Community Organizer Rose prepares group for work!
Community Organizer Rose prepares group for work!
 

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