Connecting local responses around the world
(photo courtesy: Rafique Tunio)
The bridge may be rickety, but it is a source of pride for the villagers of Rato Rind of Taluka Mirpur Sakro, District Thatta.
At a SALT introductory session, when participants were asked to share the collective response for a common problem, (first question of the SALT session), one villager said:
there is a water channel near our village and we always had problems crossing it. A carpenter in our village decided to build a wooden bridge. He asked the villagers to donate for the construction, and we all got together and pooled our money and built the bridge. Now, every year, we collect money and repair the bridge.’
His face beamed as he narrated the story, and everybody listened to him, and through this listening they were connected. SALT helps build connectedness amongst people, and this in turn is the collective strength of a community.
NOTE FOR SALT practitioners: note the significance of sharing sources of pride, and see the effect of sharing on those assembled.