Targeted Support for Success! Posted March 27, 2017 by Judith Stalter

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One of the many great things about being a part of the Hatua Family Team is their willingness to continue learning and improving personally and professional….and furthermore working together to do such things!

We are very honored and proud to have been one of the few Segal Family Foundation(SFF) partners to be selected for their Targeted Compacity Support (TCS) this year. The TCS is an intensive capacity-building program designed to leverage SFF’s resources and launch their best partners (us!) to their next level of impact.

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Our program with SFF kicked off Monday morning ( March 20th) with a site visit to Hatua’s office in Likoni. We always look forward to these visits as it truly feels like your catching up with old friends who care just as much about your work as you do and they genuinely want to see you succeed and congratulate you on your accomplishments. That morning we were able to sit for more than an hour with each other just explaining our work and projects in each department. This was followed up with an introduction to our homework helpers and Computer Skills program being conducted that day along with a thorough library tour. We ended the day talking to our enthusiastic and energetic gap year students.

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The following morning, we all met up at the Royal Court Hotel in town for our first full day of capacity building and assessment work shop. Memorable activities included mind mapping Hatua’s mission and identifying and comparing characteristics of our students as we first invite them into our program, as they prepare to graduate university, and what they would look like 5 years after university graduation as alumni of our program. We than took it a step further to identify activities and data collection processes we have in place to help support these key values and characteristics we ideally want all our students to come out of our program with. This was a great exercise which illustrated areas for improvement as Hatua’s alumni program increase in size every year.  The following day was equally rewarding as we took a hard look at our M&E practices, our connections within the communities (major stakeholders), fundraising strategies, and leadership strategies. To conclude the day we had an exciting discussion among the team about Hatua’s plans for future growth, replication and scale.

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With each passing year Hatua’s programs grows larger and more robust. It’s safe to say we have big plans for the future which includes expanding our programs to all regions of Mombasa within the next decade! These are big picture goals and here at Hatua we believe you can never start preparing too early. For our students that means hitting the books hard but as a team this means thinking ahead of the game and planning for it. Therefore, this year with the help of the Segal Family Foundation, we will be focusing on fine tuning our programs, data collection, communication outreach and reporting practices to make sure all aspects continue to align with our vision and work towards our mission.

Many thanks to the SFF Team for taking time out of their busy schedules to facilitate such a well-organized and executed workshop. We look forward to working with you again and we are excited to hear you feedback.

ASANTE SANA!

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