For ACP to become a community practice, the community involvement is essential right from the start. Keeping this as an approach, “People in Need foundation” convened a meeting of the leaders of the proposed five ACP villages and had a detailed discussion on the process of ACP and its advantages for the villages.
The meeting held on 14th October 2009 was attended by sixteen leaders from 5 cluster villages around Molvom village of Nagaland and after thorough discussions unanimously resolved:
1.To work together for ACP and declared their five villages “to be ACP villages”.
2.To request ACP implementing NGO: “People in Need foundation” to open a sub-centre in Molvom village to effectively work with the villages.
3.To nominate 2 volunteers in each village to assist the ACP team.
The villages are Molvom, Bungsang, Maova, Khaibung and Sihrima. There are three ACP co-ordinators , assisted by 2 volunteers from each village, doing SALT visits, Dream building and facilitating village self assessment and making family visits. By March 2010 end, the team intends to expand ACP practice to total 10 villages. A challenging Dream indeed! But with the village Headmen leading the responses, no dream can be too big!