March 2012 stories (27)

Fighting Fire in Haiti


Added by Beverly Bell and Other Worlds on March 29, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

“The Power of WE”

The question of how to develop and strengthen the social capital of the community has been on my mind over the past months as I walked around the neighbourhood of Henderson. It was by coincidence that two of my teammates chanced upon a small notice in the RC about an upcoming youth volunteers meeting.

Last Friday night, my colleague Anne and I attended the “Youth Volunteers Network” meeting that was initiated by a 15 year old Youth leader of the Henderson RC. We…


Added by Marilyn Ann on March 29, 2012 at 12:10am — 2 Comments

Les anciens de Beho accueillent quatre nouveaux membres - Beho former residents welcome four new members

Les anciens résidents du centre de la Croix-Rouge pour demandeurs d’asile à Beho, Belgique, ont joyeusement souhaité la bienvenue à quatre nouveaux membres. Ces derniers résident actuellement à Beho. Ils ont trouvé soutien et encouragement auprès des 11 anciens dont Marie Camara qui a accueilli tout le monde chez elle à Malmédy. A l'agenda de cette après-midi du 3 mars 2012: renforcer la communauté et les liens entre les membres. La communauté grandit et pour passer du rêve à l'action, et…


Added by Marie Lamboray on March 28, 2012 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

BelCompétence a une nouvelle stratégie de formation des facilitateurs - A new training strategy for BelCompétence

BelCompetence a organisé une réunion pour préparer la mise à niveau de ses facilitateurs et la formation de nouveaux facilitateurs. A Vielsalm, dimanche 11 mars 2012, Marie Christine Swennen, Louis-Marie Butoyi, Fabien Manirafa et Jean-Louis Lamboray ont discuté du format du BL (Blended Learning), de son contenu, de la durée de la formation, de la validation et du calendrier. Après avoir fait le point sur les formations passées, ils ont élaboré une stratégie de formation. La première…


Added by Marie Lamboray on March 28, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Ian Campbell: Reflections from first phase of GloCon

( Ian and Alison Campbell are re-visiting all the communities they have worked with in past two decades.  They will cover 25 countries in six phases. The local team mates join this team in their respective countries. The journey is called Global and local community conversations. Here are reflections from Ian after the first phase. Thanks Ian for sharing!)…


Added by Rituu B. Nanda on March 23, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

From Inside Out

Hi there everyone, realised that the blog I sent was incomplete. So here is the other part which was missing.

Example 2.  Society may probably perceive them as "pitiful" and as though they have limited education and abilities, but these communities have proven that they have the capacity to respond to their life situation. Like one of them said, "Where there is a Will there's a Way." They build their own network, working with the police, govt. bodies, schools and also…


Added by Christina Maria Padman on March 21, 2012 at 7:20pm — 1 Comment


I was privileged to be a participant of the Inod Competence Salt Visits at Jogjakarta. SO, WHAT WAS MY LEARNING?

1.  I learnt that it is important to LISTEN, LISTEN, LISTEN, so that learning can take place.

     In order to Listen Attentively, I must be conscious of this - to be fully present for the other person(s), accepting, respecting the person(s) who is in front of me, as fellow human beings.

This I witnessed in all the communities…


Added by Christina Maria Padman on March 21, 2012 at 5:06pm — 1 Comment

The contentment of appreciation

I am in Prague waiting my connection flight to Barcelona and I wanted to share with you the feeling of excitement that still bathes me. It still persists a sense of joy and contentment that usually starts with the openness that propitiates dialogue, and a stimulating sensation that starts when I prepare for listening and persists in time every time I review what actually happens there.


I know about the power of appreciation through my own experience. I have learnt much about…


Added by MariJo on March 19, 2012 at 6:25am — 6 Comments

удовлетворенность признательностью/The contentment of appreciation

(Перевод Марии. Большое спасибо)


Я в Праге, ожидаю пересадки на самолет до Барселоны, и я бы хотела поделиться чувством восторга, которое до сих пор меня переполняет. По-прежнему я ощущаю радость и удовлетворение, которое обычно приходит вслед за откровенностью, позволяющей сделать общение более спокойным, и побуждающее чувство, которое…


Added by MariJo on March 19, 2012 at 6:00am — No Comments

SALT with visually impaired/ SALT Посещение слабовидящих

Сегодня я общалась со слабовидящими людьми. Они невероятные. Избито, но я же ною без машины... Они берут за руку своими теплыми ладошками и разговаривают. Они говорят о себе опустив скромно голову... им незачем ее поднимать, они не видят. Они самостоятельные, они живут СЕГОДНЯ, они имеют ого-го какое чувство юмора. пару этих парней я бы отпраивла в стендап шоу. Вот это опыт!!!

Added by Ksenia on March 17, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

SALT. The impression of a novice.

I have never worked with communities and never heard the word SALT before. So what I saw being occasionally involved in learning SALT-approach (as an interpreter) confused me. In order to come to comprehension I've decided to describe the SALT-process.

The work in group confirms the idea that people are the same even being absolutely different. I was really amazed when I heard my story  word for word from another person. The stories of others correspond to your life and reflect your…


Added by Maria Dupina on March 16, 2012 at 9:01pm — 1 Comment

"When it rains, we will grow again": Haitian Women Observe International Women's Day

March 14, 2012

By Alexis Erkert, Photos by Ben Depp

"As activists, we commemorate this as a day of struggle, a day to make our voices heard until someone pays attention and helps provide solutions to our problems." Facing the Haitian parliament with a throng of banner-waving and singing women at her back, Rachelle Fondechaine of Women Fighting for the Development of Haiti continued, "Today is March 8th! It's a day when women workers in New York…


Added by Beverly Bell and Other Worlds on March 15, 2012 at 8:42am — No Comments

Simplicity is BLISS!

As defined - Social Work is a professional and academic discipline committed to the pursuit of social justice and human rights.

Yes, no doubt it's a profession! However, personally I see social work more as a vocation rather than a JOB that requires so much "fakeness" just cause it's a PROFESSION! It's sad to see…


Added by Marilyn Ann on March 14, 2012 at 7:55pm — 1 Comment

My day, as it turns out was worth it!

This is the first blog post I am writing. So, in advance, thanks for reading :)

In my role at Beyond Social Services, an NGO in Singapore, I do not get the privilege of working closely with the community we serve. My colleagues have that privilege and I often listen to their experiences, and stare at them in awe. Isn't it wonderful that people share their lives with us? That they trust us enough to include us in their world, when they don't really have to? So I jump at every chance…


Added by Ranganayaki Thangavelu on March 13, 2012 at 5:28pm — 4 Comments

Searching for Closure: A Kony2012 Postscript

Solome Lemma (@InnovateAfrica) and I hosted a live discussion today to reflect together on the issues that came up from our posts on #StopKony. Sharing an excerpt below. Photo below by Joop…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on March 13, 2012 at 5:52am — No Comments

Preparatory Day- Learning Event in Ektarinaburg

A meeting of Facilitators: Natasha, Elena, Sveta, Sveta, Galina, , MariJo, Rituu and translators- Valerie, Masha and Sergey



Added by Rituu B. Nanda on March 11, 2012 at 11:09pm — 2 Comments

Diabetes and Hypertension ( High Blood Pressure)

Is  Diabetes and High Blood Pressure within the purview of the Malaria competence? Those two diseases are claiming numerous lives in developing countries and they sure require local responses. Who has an idea?

Added by Haddy on March 10, 2012 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Back to the basic of being Human

Society may regard the trans-gender, sex workers, men having sex with men as outcast but a group of 28, recently had the privilege to visit these communities, have unearthed gems and many were touched and transformed in the process.  “Respect, resilience, resourceful, honor, sacrifice for common good of others” is strength we identified at the recent International Salt Visits at Yogyakarta.   


We would never think we could learn so much by simply being present to them,…


Added by Maizy Tan on March 9, 2012 at 10:17am — 4 Comments

"My Faith has been Empowering Women since 610 ce !" - Reflections on International Women's Day

 International Women’s Day for me is an opportunity to pause, reflect and celebrate the great strides and achievements by women - past and present.…


Added by Ayesha Nusrat on March 9, 2012 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Little drops of knowledge: The National Knowledge Fair, India

Little drops of knowledge,

Added to our work;

Will put us on a ledge,

And give us all the perk!


Around half past three on Saturday 3 Mar 2012, I realized it was the last but one session of the The National Knowledge Fair, that SIAAP, and India Competence were facilitating in the serene and spiritual environment of DMI Training Institute, at the Hilltop of Saint Thomas Mount, in Chennai, India.


I was to introduce the concept of Peer Assist,…


Added by Dr. E. Mohamed Rafique on March 7, 2012 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

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