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

Rural community outreach

Knowledge Sharing & Membership

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.

Rural community outreach

Knowledge Sharing and Mentorship

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 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, Backlays Bank, Muthaiga Branch Account no 2035899831

Enlist Here