Connecting local responses around the world
What started as an introduction to SALT in a tiny village of Lalmatie in Mauritius, a group of women who wanted to respond to threats of alcoholism in that community resulted in the stimulation of another group of women of Le Pont du Tamarinier taking a conscious decision to inculcate the ‘Spirit of SALT’ in their way of thinking and working for themselves and with three communities of families they engage with to support them to reduce threats, vulnerability and improve their way of living. The staff of Le Pont du Tamarinier in an effort inculcate the ‘Spirit of SALT’ agree to three days learning of the Community Life Competence Process and SALT. The Bring and Share was a SMART activity intended to bring back the team to reflect in an effort to cultivate SALT spirit. Only two of the thirteen persons who experienced SALT were unable to attend the ‘Bring and Share’..
'Bring and Share' is that everyone brings something to eat and that is shared with the other participants. What was intended to be an 11H to 13H activity because of people’s concern about time, went until 14H30. From the start of the activity everyone was beaming and happy to be reconnected for the reflection. The ‘Spirit of SALT’ was evident. There was a variety of Mauritian, European and small bit of Guyanese dish. There was wine also (^_^). during the lunch, the ‘community conversation’ was around SALT. One observation was that the ‘action planning’ was the most challenging for the team and that was observed also with one community, Carre d’As which started their action planning process the day before. One reflection was “How can we make action planning more rewarding and impacting?” Some SALty thought were to allow for time and as much conversation; encourage ‘thinking out of the box’ try not rush the planning process, do one or two at a time, even skip the priority practices and do the seemingly easier ones so that understanding what is required becomes more familiar.
The ‘Bring and Share’ closed with an appreciative session where a A4 paper was placed with a piece of paper tape on each person’s back and each member wrote what he/she appreciated about that person. What was inspiring was the discussion on sharing of the appreciative comments by everyone.