TAFARIA FOUNDATION

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:

1

The Centre for the Arts

The artists in residence programme

2

The Community Center for Excellence

School of Kangawa

3

Tafaria Apprenticeship Programme

Learn, Experience, Apply

The Centre for the Arts

The artists in residence programme

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.

The Community Center for Excellence

School of Kangawa

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 Apprenticeship

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 [Learn, Experience, Apply] 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. Since its commencement in 2020, 16 apprentices have graduated in skills such as masonry, housekeeping, kitchen stewardship, gardening, horsemanship etc.

How the programme works

The programme has three stages

1

LEARN

This part runs for 3-6months depending on one’s area of interest. The participants receive no stipend/wage during this phase.

2

EXPERIENCE

Runs for 3-6 month depending on one’s area of interest. Participant at this stage receives a modest stipend.

3

APPLY

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.

Required qualification

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:

Electrical Wiring

Carpentry

Cookery

Housekeeping

Welding

Plumbing

Horsemanship

Masonry

Archery

Laundry Operations

Gardening

Painting

Apply Here

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.

For More

For more information, please contact us through: The Executive Director, Tafaria Foundation, LEA Programme, foundation@tafaria.com or 0700151480

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.

Join Us in our rural transformation quest

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:

Support an Artist

Support an artists create, develop and use their work for advocating for social change by adopting a social issue such as conservation, alcoholism, design challenges, civil education, domestic violence etc by sponsoring an artist to the residency programme to create works around an issue of your interest.

Support Others Excel

Support our Community Centre for Excellence by making a contribution towards ‘A block for Waithera’ initiative.
One block worth Ksh 500 will go along way in making this centre of excellence and uplifting Waithera out of her current situation. It takes 1600 bricks per class and our target is to build 10 classrooms.

Share Your Knowledge

Enlist to share knowledge on any subject of your specialization that would benefit the local community at pre-arrange forums.

The Pillars of the Foundation

Trustee

Roger Steadman

Trustee

Fr. Fillipi Romano

Director

Eunice Tafaria

Co Founder Tafaria Castle

Director

George Tafaria

Founder Tafaria Castle

Centre for the Arts Director

Dr Havi Murungi

Executive Director

Flavia Murugi

Chaplain, Tafaria Castle

Director - Finance & Admin

Gilbert Karweru

TMCA Custodian

Edna Nyawira

Artists Coordinator

Kevin Oduor

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 Tafaria Order of Merit for Compassion and Benevolence was established to recognize and honour those who make significant contribution that leads to social or economic sustainability in our rural midst.

The first order of merit, the PLINTH of HONOUR, was conferred to the Fundis (workers) who built the Castle (which stands today as the agent of transformation in this neighbourhood). The Plinth of Honour is the physical manifestation of our recognition of the effort by the workers in the establishment of this agent of rural transformation.

The Parchment of Honor for Compassion and Benevolence

Subsequently and consistent with the Tafaria objective of transforming this rural area, the Parchment of Honor (for compassion and benevolence), merit was established.

This order of merit acknowledges and recognizes those who have made a lasting contribution to the improvement of the lives of people living in this rural community or those whose deeds locally are significantly inspiring. It recognizes those who, in the spirit of compassion and benevolence, have made positive and sustainable change through their selfless actions and imaginative long-term vision.

This merit is open to those who live in our midst and visitors alike.

 ‘…and let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up…’ Gal 6:9.

Support an artist

Donate Here

A block worth USD 5 will go along way in making this centre of excellence and uplifting Waithera out of her current situation. Donate via paybill no 688887 Or direct bank deposit to Tafaria Foundation, Barclays Bank, Muthaiga Branch Account no 2035899831

Enlist Here