Connecting local responses around the world
On 26th November Rafique and me conducted one day CLCP workshop followed by a community visit in Dhangadhi. The workshop was participatory with role plays. The participants consist of program staff of both partners from Kanchanpur and Accham.
After demo of the tools in CLCP we went for the field visit. The village name was Amar basti hardly half a kilometer from Gaurifanta. The community members liked the SALT approach very much as seen by this comment " No funder or any organization has previously talked to us in this manner by which we were able to see our own strengths."
we gave examples of our own strengths and asked them to tell likewise. The follwing were strengths noted in the community:
4. Good cooking skills
6. Make up (beauty)
8. Long journey
9. Ready to do any jobs
11. Farming and cycling
13. Social work
We introduced the theme of dream and stated that everybody has some wishes, hopes and aspiration. we told our dreams first and then asked them
to tell theirs. The following dreams were stated:
a) Reduce maternal and child mortality and morbidity
b) Removing poverty
c) Preservation of wild lives and environment
d) Youth and community unity, association or organization
e) All children in the village are educated
f) Everyone gets a job
Some of the dreams were individual onece like;
1. Expert in IT
4. Be responsible in the job
5. Good employment
We asked the community members to tell us how they would achieve their own dreams. They responded as;
1. skills development
2. Change behaviour so they are not spend thrift
4. If somebody is good in cooking we will see ways of setting up a local restaurant
5. Those who are good leadership can mobilize the community for forming association or organization of the community.
This was followed by a short After Action Review (AAR)
1. what did we plan?
We planned to conduct SALT visit to do a dreaming session and reveal the strengths of the community. we had thought of linking the dreams to the EMPHASIS goals.
we did not discuss on EMPHASIS project.
3. Why was the their difference?
There was no discussion on HIV because we were practicing CLCP.
4. How will you do it differently?
Meeting could have given more information on migrant support, PLHIV support.
The community suggested to inform them two days in advance by mobile phone.