Connecting local responses around the world
We Imran and me are community facilitators from a NGO called Avani in Kolhapur, Maharashtra (India). We have recently been introduced to SALT through Global Fund for Children project. We plan to use SALT in 4 villages to build leadership of children, youth and community on gender equality.
As the first step, we decided to meet the village local government officials called Gram Panchayat to seek their permission to start SALT process in this village. The plan was to submit an official letter to them regarding our project. We decided to use SALT with them.
What happened in the meeting?
Avani Sanstha was called in the meeting of Gram Panchayat on 28th Sep’21. And after their official meeting was over, we were asked to join the meeting.
In the meeting, the head (Sarpanch) asked to discuss our the work in just 5 minutes but we started the meeting by assuring him that we will not take too much time. First, we told the local leaders about our project. When we told about SALT, no one understood anything. We asked an appreciative question. They were perplexed, as no one had asked them about what they have done well in their lives. So, our team members started with our life stories. The, the meeting local leaders showed interest and started sharing their stories. The stories they shared from their lives were very powerful. One of the female leader shared that if a beggar comes to her house, she does not stop at giving money. She serves them food and ensures that he or she does not go hungry from her house. We were touched by this story. Narrating her story, the Female Panchayat leader said, "I'm not too rich to help, but I help as much as I can" to which Imran responded, "You don't have to be rich to help, you just have to be rich in mind, and you have this.”
Results of our meeting
After Experience Reflection (AER)