From the fellowship we are more of a family than fellows or colleagues
It has been a vigorous learning experience as Fahamu Pan Africa Fellow having gone through most critical aspects of advocacy and community organizing. While building my capacity in resource mobilization, facilitation skills networking, I broadened my understanding in social justice movements and Pan Africanism.
I remember one day in the month of November last year when I decided that before the year comes to an end, I need to give back to my community, in Eastleigh, Nairobi.
I decided to organize a forum on understanding the county government. A forum that brought about 48 young leaders to engage and interact with one another on how the county government is going to work .I had to apply the knowledge and skills I got from fellowship learning.
I invited 3 resource persons from my contacts who were well specialized in the field of Devolution and county representation among them was a Nominated councilor, A political Lawyer and a pioneer for change. A forum that took a whole day and by the end of the day everyone was satisfied that it is of a worthy cause to have more of this continuous workshops, forums to make the people understand the concepts in the new constitution
And what impressed me was another community group replicated the same workshop in March 2011 where one of the participant from the previous forum invited me as a resource person at Pumwani Social Hall that brought about all the communities living around.
And as Thomas Merton said “Every moment and every event of every man’s life on earth plants something in his soul’’ the fellowship is a seed in my soul too.