Connecting local responses around the world
First over....how do we behave as Facilitator???
Do not assume, however, that we can get prepared "once and for all." We facilitators are continually learning more and more ....... It is a never ending process, and we will be doomed to failure if we ever think we know it all and it has a big impact on how the Community gonna act.
When we start talking about community problems, and asking what their priority problems are, there will be a tendency to assume that we are there to solve their problems for them. We must counteract this assumption and explain that they have to solve their own problems; we can only assist and guide them, not do it for them.
Similarly, they may assume that we will provide resources. Quickly and firmly squash that assumption, explaining that they must identify and provide their own resources; we can only assist and guide them in doing so.
We will learn to use stories,.... to illustrate our points.
The truth is that, if they shift from a "provision" approach to an "enabling" approach, in time, they will benefit. That is because every community has hidden resources that will not be identified and used so long as outside other people are expected to provide all the resources.
It is our duty to demonstrate that the "provision" approach may benefit "others" in the short run, but is not sustainable, whereas the "enabling" approach contributes to genuine development and growth which benefit them in the long run.
If it is not done correctly, it is not worth doing at all. The "provision" approach weakens the community and contributes to the socially debilitating "dependency syndrome."
Once the community has been prepared (awareness raised, unity improved, information accurate, priority action chosen by them), it is now ready to go into action.
At all times you are facilitating the community, show them that this is an opportunity to learn. Preparing an action plan may at first seem to them to be an unnecessary nuisance; you must be enthusiastic in showing them its importance and usefulness.
The community gets stronger when its members learn by doing and when we facilitate their self learning. Then...here is the community in action....!!!