Connecting local responses around the world
We’ve heard that the Constellation considers itself a midwife. How about the SALT facilitators who work with the communities as well as try to transfer the approach to others? Well, during the AAR we (a small number of us from the Interfaith Network on HIV/AIDS in Thailand, Norwegian Church Aid, and the Constellation) had together one evening after introducing the ACP to the visiting Dutch team (Mexit, Islamic Dialogue Foundation, and Serve the City) last week, we decided that we are an incubator! Because we work in such a way that provides an enabling environment for the egg so that it will hatch and the baby chick comes out when it’s ready, when the condition is right. And each egg is different. It needs its own time and its own condition. One may hurry the process by trying to break the egg shell open and get the baby chick out, but the baby chick may not be ready, so it may come out weak and soon die. So while an incubator may support many eggs at the same time, it doesn’t rush the process; it just continues to support the eggs so that they will hatch in their own good time. SALT facilitators do the same as they support the communities and other groups !
Actually many exciting things happened during our learning event in the week of 28 Feb.-4 Mar. The first day was spent getting to know each other as human beings, each other’s work, concerns and challenges. On the second day, SALT and the ACP was introduced. SALT visits were conducted to 3 communities on the following 2 days, ending with an AAR. On the last day, we had our reflections, summarized lessons learned, built our common dream, planned the next step of the Thai team’s visit to the Netherlands in May, and ended with a fun appreciation session, before evaluation and closing. As we had Rafique from India and Marion from France joining the Dutch team consisting of Bastiaan, Moustapha, Brigitte, and Alper, along with a dozen Thai, the little event turned out to be a great international learning event focusing on SALT and HIV/AIDS interfaith work with the communities.
I am attaching 2 documents here for those who want to read about what we learned and what we planned in more details, and will also post many photos from this event. Many thanks to Rafique who kindly helped to type the sheets of flipcharts! Many thanks to everyone who facilitated and everyone who participated so actively in the event (including the community people), and of course to Oxfam/Novib for supporting the initiative and making the event possible!