The Tafaria Foundation is the social arm of Tafaria Castle and is a Not-For-Profit organization with a mission to empower the rural community of the native lands of Deighton Downs. The Foundations is based at the Tafaria Castle in rural Kenya. The Castle was founded in 2012AD motivated by deliberate social objectives to help bring economic opportunities.
The Foundation runs a three pronged rural transformation programme:
The Centre for the Arts
The artists in residence programme
The Community Center for Excellence
School of Kangawa
Rural community outreach
Knowledge Sharing & Mentorship
The Foundation ultimate goal is to use art for advocating positive social change while giving those in the creative sector an opportunity to develop their ideas. The Centre fosters those things that enrich the mind and delight the heart, those intangible but precious things that give meaning to a society and help create from it a civilization and a culture.
By December 2019, 60 artists and creatives have been supported and in turn worked and mentored more than 500 students and community members and made social advocacy installations in the community.
Next to Tafaria Castle, there is a little school called Kangawa Nursery School. Waithera and her friends school there, and they love being in school. But they don’t like the gapping slits on their classroom walls, lack of water in school, poor sanitation and lack of modern recreational amenities.
Tafaria, in line with its transformational goals set out to change all that by upgrading the school and making it a modern centre for excellence with modern classrooms, proper sanitation, learning materials and a recreational facility throughout their learning. The Foundation intends to use this as a centre for impacting progressive social and economic ideas to realize the desired outcomes for this village.
We have set out to change the school from its current state to the proposed one above.
By December 2019, foundation for two classrooms had been completed at a cost of more than Ksh 300,000 with labour provided by the local community.
Tafaria Foundation, in its effort to empower the community, runs community interactive sessions for knowledge sharing either in-school with students or sessions with community members at the Castle. Through this programme, external experts in relevant areas such as entrepreneurship, agriculture, health, creative arts etc get an opportunity to share their knowledge with the locals and to mentor them.
By December 2019, more than 2000 students and community members had participated in our outreach program while 15 students had received school fees support.
The Learn, Experience & Apply (LEA) Programme
Tafaria Castle offers apprenticeship opportunities to the local community school leavers for a period of 6 months to one year through the LEA programme by Tafaria Foundation. This programme is intended to expose the local youth to an array of alternative opportunities, skill them and certify them for ease of job market access. This is in line with Tafaria mission of rural transformation.
How the programme works
The programme has three stages
This part runs for 3-6months depending on one’s area of interest. The participants receive no stipend/wage during this phase.
Runs for 3-6 month depending on one’s area of interest. Participant at this stage receives a modest stipend.
This stage runs for 3 months but can extend for a longer period depending on availability of vacancies at Tafaria at the time of graduation. The graduate receives a full wage.
In between the programme, the participants benefit from motivational talks and mentorship by Tafaria staff and partners. At graduation, the participants get an opportunity for an exposure trip to appreciate the wider world of opportunities.
For one to qualify, he or she must reside in the local community, be able to commute to Tafaria on daily basis, must have graduated from one of the local high schools, be below 20 years of age and must comply with the stated programme rules and regulations.
When to apply
Applications are open throughout the year. Upon successful application, the applicant is advised on the next available cohort intake.
Fields of application
Apprenticeship opportunities are available in the following areas:
After graduation from this programme, the graduate’s details are posted on to the LEA portal for potential linkage to the job market. For one to qualify to LEA portal showcase, he/she must have demonstrated exemplary performance and integrity.
Support an apprentice
If you would like to support a local secondary school graduate through the LEA programme, kindly get in touch with us for details. On average, it costs Kshs 150,000 to get one participant through the programme.
The Tafaria Order of Merit for Compassion and Benevolence
Since its inception Tafaria has opened its doors to organisations, groups and individuals to extend the opportunity and the excitement of contributing to this transformation process through involvement in the community and the promotion of sustainable activities in education, environment, agriculture and health.
The Foundation collaborates with like-minded institutions and individuals in pursuit of its objectives. Its principal sponsor is the Tafaria Castle. You can join our rural transformation quest: