Within the region, millions of disadvantaged children leave school every day without the skills they need to attain financial security. Educational inequity is everyone’s problem and because education is a shared global value, we can improve it by working together despite our regional differences. Our 'Teach for change' approach, is a movement of outstanding volunteers who commit to teach in under resourced schools and orphanages.
Nurturing talent used to be a fairly simple process, because it was mostly passive and parents would just sit back waiting for the talent to show itself. Now, talent-nurturing is an official industry, like organic food! Soccer, violin, chess, math, art — they all provide us with nicely constructed funnels down which we can pour endless amounts of time, effort and resources as we try to help our kids become their best selves.
Mentoring is the relationship between an adult (mentor) and child (mentee) that provides young people with the guidance, support and encouragement that will make a positive and lasting difference in their lives. Tofauti's staff and volunteers work to form these relationships with the less privileged, disadvantaged children in their destitute demographics.
At Tofauti on the move, we want the beneficiaries of funds that are raised to be able to feel not as if they have received ‘charity,’ but as if they have actually earned the item or experience that the funds have provided. What better way to help a child to feel empowered than to allow them to help raise the funds needed for a cause that will benefit them?
Tofauti on the move hosts various interns from different global regions. This facilitates inter-cultural fusion and education, plus a collective diverse pool of ideas for brainstorming purposes.
Raising public awareness is not the same as telling the public what to do – it is explaining issues and disseminating knowledge to people so that they can make their own decisions.
"When I decided to come to Kenya I had no particular expectations of the organization but of the internship in general.
As I have never been in Africa before, I wanted to get to know the African way of life. I am very thankful that I met so many friendly Kenyans who gave me an understanding of their culture.
Furthermore, I made up my mind to do a development internship in order to help needy people. Tofauti gave me the possibility to teach Maths at Vijito School, to visit Kibera Slum and to work for the Mukuru Promotion Centre. The organization also supports my intention to buy food for malnourished kids at Faith School and made a car available to me.
Last but not least I thank Tofauti for giving us the chance to travel during our internship. Massai Mara and Mombasa were a great adventure for me..."
Bettina Katharina: Tofauti intern (2011)
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Tofauti organizes outdoor retreats on a quarterly basis to different places in Kenya for refreshing, team-building, bonding and boosting creativity purposes.
In our framework of providing a genuinely helpful and mutually beneficial experience, Tofauti on the move believes that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. This is why we encourage that out of ones tight volunteering work, one should spare and save a little room for tour and travel.